Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding is vital for all children, but especially those accessing lessons online. We are committed to providing safe and secure spaces for our students, to building trusting relationships, and to ensure we meet the needs of the whole child.
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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2023)​

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023
Working Together to Safeguard ChildrenRevised Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales
Teaching Online Safety in Schools

Safer Recruitment

All teachers are recruited in accordance with safer employment procedures. Apricot Online maintains a Single Central Record, including enhanced DBS checks, reference checks, identity checks, and right to work evidence. All advertisements posted make reference to these checks in an effort to subvert inappropriate applications.

Apricot’s Child Protection Team

Mrs. Jodie Phillips – Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer
Ms. Amy Smith – Designated Safeguarding Lead

CPD Training

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in their school, please pass them on to the school Child Protection Team.

On induction, our teachers receive safeguarding training with respect to our policies and procedures. Ongoing training consists of the following, as well as many refresher and update sessions. Here are just some of the topics we cover:

  • Safeguarding Children
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Honour-Based Crime and Forced Marriage
  • Prevent Channel Awareness
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Online Safety

We also address Child Protection and Safeguarding at our annual Teacher Conference in September.

In lessons

For child protection within lessons, both webcams and private chat among students are disabled. Live attendance is available through our learning platform. We log all reasons for non-attendance communicated to us by parents/responsible adult and Attendance Officers.

All lessons are recorded for safeguarding and child protection. All names are anonymised on recordings. All communication is through secure platform messaging and classroom audio, chat box, and whiteboard tools.

None of our classes are ever “in-filled” with students over the age of 18 years.

Data protection

We have an up-to-date Data Protection policy and are in full compliance with GDPR. 

Quality Assurance

Apricot’s internal QA cycle revolves around the structure of the academic year. Learning walks and formal lesson observations are held termly and judged against our criteria for best practice that extends beyond Ofsted’s expectations. These include skills specific to teaching effectively in the online environment and the personalisation of lessons for our vulnerable cohorts.

Read all about our QA external audits and what we've learned from them in these two blogs: Quality assured and Learning from QA audits

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