We in Carrickfergus Academy recognise our primary responsibility for the welfare, care and safety of pupils in our charge. We aim to provide a caring, supportive and safe environment in which all our young people can learn and develop to their full potential, and where they feel valued for their unique talents and abilities.
The purpose of procedures on Safeguarding/Child Protection is to protect our pupils by ensuring that everyone who works in our school – teachers, non teaching staff and volunteers – understands the role that they play in safeguarding our pupils and protecting them from harm. Safeguarding begins with preventative education and activities which enable young people to grow up safely and securely in circumstances where their development and wellbeing is promoted. It includes support to families and early intervention to meet the needs of children and continues through to child protection.
The Academy staff recognise their joint responsibility for Safeguarding and all staff play a vital role in providing pastoral support for our pupils. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can contact any member of staff but the key safeguarding staff are as follows:
Designated Teacher Mrs Amanda Irvine (Junior & Senior sites) Vice Principal Pastoral
Deputy Designated Teacher (Junior Site) Mrs Kari McKeown Senior Teacher Pastoral
Deputy Designated Teacher (Senior Site) Mr Mark Kidd Senior Teacher Pastoral
At Carrickfergus Academy we offer our young people a monitored helpline that can be contacted 24 hrs per day. This helpline is totally confidential and checked on a daily basis by Mrs Amanda Irvine who is the Designated Safeguarding Officer in school.