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Leeds West Academy Wins Award for Safeguarding Efforts During COVID-19

The Safeguarding Alliance, the professional organisation for safeguarding practitioners, has awarded Leeds West Academy with the ‘Safeguarding Alliance COVID-19 Award’.

The ‘Safeguarding Alliance COVID-19 Award’ publicly recognises schools that have demonstrated exceptional safeguarding initiative during COVID-19 to keep children and young people safe.

The judges looked for examples of school safeguarding teams who have been innovative in their approach to adapting their safeguarding procedures during COVID-19. At Leeds West Academy, the safeguarding team have been proactive in contacting and identifying when young people and their families need further support from relevant services.

The judges commended the academy for its dedicated efforts in keeping its community of young people and families safe through a variety of strategies, which include making weekly 1-2-1 phone calls and completing over 450 socially-distanced home visits during various lockdowns.

Other innovative strategies employed by the team include using the academy’s ‘Wonder’ book initiative as an opportunity to check on Year 6 students over the summer to assess their needs, especially as they would have been out of school for many months. As the usual transition day was not possible, the students were invited to collect their ‘Wonder’ book while also safely meeting one of the safeguarding team.

Emily Konstantas, CEO of The Safeguarding Alliance, commented:

“It is evident that the Leadership Team and staff at Leeds West Academy continued to provide high quality pastoral and safeguarding support during the national lockdowns.

“The school swiftly adapted practice to ensure that regular communication was accessible to pupils while at home. The school not only provide support for pupils in terms of their pastoral care, but also provided wider support to pupils and families such as food hampers and home visits.”

On receiving the award, Mrs. Bethany Hall, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Associate Assistant Principal, commented:

“It is fantastic that the safeguarding team have been recognised for all they have done throughout the pandemic to make sure our students and families have the correct support in place.

“As a whole school community which includes students, parents and staff, we have all faced these challenges and pulled together to overcome adversity. We are really proud of what we have achieved and will continue to strive for excellence to ensure every child is listened to and supported.”

Safeguarding Concerns

If you are a parent/carer or member of staff, and you are concerned about the welfare of a student, then you can call the academy at 0113 229 5454 or email our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs. Hall, via hall.b@whiteroseacademies.org.

Support and Guidance through COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, we continue to provide a range of support, guidance and advice to students and parents.

We encourage any parent/carer to communicate any concerns, anxieties, financial and welfare concerns they have by either informing academy staff, calling the academy (0113 229 5454) or emailing LWAParents@whiteroseacademies.org. Any issue raised will be handled with the necessary confidentiality and respect that it deserves.