The Academy is committed to the vital contribution all Governors and staff can make to safeguarding children. We will strive to make sure that every student in the Academy feels secure, well cared for and able to reach their full potential.
We will ensure all our own staff, other professionals, parents/carers and students work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.
The Academy will work hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please do not hesitate to contact us.
External Safeguarding projects at HABS
Healthy relationships (provided by Tender and LAWRS) – Year 9 and 10 girls explore in depth the types of abuse people can experience in relationships and how to know if they are experiencing controlling behaviours or abuse. After the sessions, girls know how to define healthy relationships and can identify warning signs of an abusive partner.
Sex and consent (provided by Little Fish) – Year 10 boys explore the legal and moral issues around consent and sexual behaviours. They explore in depth what it means to be equal partners in a relationship. After the sessions, participants had secure knowledge of sexual health and appropriate behaviours in relationships, including the law around sexual activity between young persons. They can identify, in any given scenario, elements of interactions between young people that might indicate controlling or concerning behaviours. They were able to explain characteristics of a trusting and respectful relationship.
Sex & Gender Workshops (provided by Rape Crisis UK) – Year 9 boys and girls, in separate groups, explored gender stereotypes and how society puts pressure on boys and girls, including how social media can influence self-esteem. Participants were able to explore in depth how peer pressure can lead to young people exhibiting sexualised behaviour online, including creating and sending sexual images. Students were able to discuss in detail how they could safeguard themselves and others against dangerous behaviours and how to promote healthy relationships.
Working with Men Groups and 1:1s (provided by Working with Men in conjunction with Wandsworth Council) – Boys in years 8-10 explore the concept of masculinity and how young boys and men deal with emotions and conflict. Students discuss in depth how they can cope with difficulties in a measured and mature manner, and become increasingly confident with their ability to choose how they respond to a situation, rather than respond instinctively. Participants become increasingly skilled in identifying trigger factors for emotional responses and how to calmly evaluate a situation before reacting in a way to generate the best possible consequences.
Some students also receive 1:1 support to help them self-manage and self-regulate effectively.
Enrichment opportunities available for y7-10
Youth Travel Ambassadors – Have your say and be a member of Transport for London’s YTA team! Do you feel like there are pressing local transport issues that need change? Could you help gather information and run a campaign? Are you brave enough to pitch to the TfL Dragons’ Den to ask for funding? Youth Travel Ambassadors meet at 3:45 on Tuesdays in W230 with a representative from TfL.
Wandsworth Youth Council - Students have the opportunity to be part of Wandsworth’s voice for change, learning about current affairs and political issues affecting the community right now. Youth Council meets in Tooting every Tuesday afternoon 17:15 – 19:15. Trips run to the House of Commons, too!
The Academy Lead Designated Child Protection Officer is Ms Aimee Gallagher
The Deputy Lead Designated Child Protection Officer is Mrs Lesley Von Mitzinger
The contact details are:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7622 0026