If you have any concerns with regard to your own or any other people's safety or welfare, please speak to any member of the Safeguarding Team.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Slater

Located at: Safeguarding office

The Executive Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Rigg


Located at: Safeguarding Office

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Dunn

Located at: Safeguarding Office

Miss Little

Located at: Attendance office / Safeguarding Office

Mrs Ellsworth

Located at: Sixth Form Area



Central Academy will be vigilant in respect of types of abuse and neglect and the Designated Safeguarding Lead will ensure that staff and governors have appropriate training and access to up to date relevant information in relation to the following:

In Relation to Covid-19
Safer Cumbria Advice
CFM Basic Essentials Family Grants

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

Other Resources
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Bullying, including Cyber-bullying
Domestic Violence (DV)
Drugs and substance misuse
Fabricated or Induced Illness
Faith Abuse
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Forced Marriage (FM)
Gangs and Youth Violence
Gender Based Violence/Violence against Women and Girls
Mental Health
Private Fostering
Teenage Relationship Abuse

For further information, please click on the links above.

What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone aged 7 or over who helps look after a relative who has a long term/short term condition, such as a Disability, Illness, Mental Health Condition or a Drug or Alcohol problem.

Most young carers look after one of their Parents or care for a Brother or Sister.

What kind of support does a Young Carer provide?

Emotional Support

Practical tasks

Household Management

Physical care

Looking after Siblings

Administering medicine


Personal Care


Why do young carers need support?

Lots of children look after someone at home who is ill or disabled They often look after someone at home who is ill or disabled

But sometimes they:

Feel tired, sad or worried

Want a break or have some fun

Miss school

Find school difficult


If you look after someone, don't miss out - come and talk to us

What can school do to help?

  • Be flexible
  • Provide additional help with classwork and homework
  • Be treated like other students but understand that Young Carers may need extra support
  • Allow access to school phones to contact home if required
  • Ensure messages for home are passed on as soon as possible
  • Provide a listening ear
  • Drop-in sessions with a designated Young Carer Support Worker
  • Signposting if a serious issue has been raised that requires external support

Who can I ask for help or advice?


Mrs Frankish

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Dunn

Safeguarding Team

Mr Mike Brown

1st Floor Fusehill Medical Centre

Fusehill Street

Carlisle, CA1 2HE


Emotional Health and Well-being 

  • Just as we all have physical health, we have mental health too.
  • And just as our bodies can become unwell, so can our minds.
  • Like physical illness, mental illness affects people of any age.
  • It is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.

At any given time, 1 in 10 young people is living with a mental health problem .

Possible signs:

  • Feeling sad most of the time
  • Feeling left out
  • Feeling unwell more often than usual
  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Not enjoying things you normally enjoy
  • Not eating properly
  • Becoming angry
  • Can’t concentrate and worrying all the time
  • Lack of energy or can’t be bothered.

How to Improve Mental Health 

  • Eat well, feel better
  • Exercise, feel better
  • Help other people, feel better
  • Believe in yourself, feel better
  • Take time out, feel better
  • Spend time with friends and family, feel better

Useful contacts:

Childline: Childline - 08001111

YoungMinds: Parents helpline - 0808 802 5544

MindLine Cumbria: - 03005610000

What is prevent?

‘Prevent’ is part of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy. The aim of Prevent is to reduce the threat from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Prevent strategy has three specific objectives:

  1. respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  2. prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  3. work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

What is Central Academy doing about it?

Central Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society.

In Central Academy we promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of all our pupils. Our curriculum promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs.

Children are regularly taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the internet.

Through assemblies, themed days and the wider curriculum we prepare them for potential risk. As with other online risks of harm, teachers need to be aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist and terrorist groups and ensure children are aware and safe from this, when accessing the internet in school.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced; it promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others. Our PSCHE provision is embedded across the curriculum and underpins the ethos of our school. It is recognised that children with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.

Our school is committed to prevention and strategies and procedures that protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views. If we identifying a pupil who is or may be at risk, advice will be sought from Cumbria Safeguarding Hub and if necessary Cumbria Police/Prevent Officer.

Cumbria Safeguarding Hub: 0333 240 1727

The aims of our good practice Prevent statement is to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm. 

Promoting British Values at Central Academy


The DFE in November 2014 reinforced the need to promote fundamental British values:

“Schools should promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education)”.

At Central Academy, we encourage students to:

  • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England; display further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; encourage respect for other people; and
  • respect democracy and support participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

As a result of Central Academy promoting fundamental British Values, students are able to:

  • understand how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • appreciate that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  • understand that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
  • understand that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • accept that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
  • understand the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.


At Central Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class and year council meetings, as well as playing a key role within staffing appointments.

Students have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school, as a whole, but also complete subject specific questionnaires throughout the academic year. 

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from agencies such as the Police help reinforce this message. 

Individual liberty


Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely; for example through our E-Safety and SMSC sessions. These are exemplified by hosting outside groups such as the Chelsea’s Choice production and Feel the Hate by Alter EGO.

Whether it is through choice of learning challenge or through participation in our numerous extracurricular clubs and opportunities, students are given the freedom to make informed choices. 

Mutual Respect

Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. This is reinforced through our Binary Behaviour system which does not allow for students to disrupt the learning of others and assemblies each week which highlight Central Academy and British values. 

In assemblies, we promote the following RRCA and British Values:

Student responsibilities:

  • To travel to/from school in a calm and dignified manner
  • To be highly punctual
  • To be dressed for a day of learning
  • To be fully attentive during lessons and work exceptionally hard
  • To complete all homework on time and to a high standard
  • To treat each other and the adults in the school with courtesy and respect
  • To respect the building we are in, your own property, the property of others and the property of the school 


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:

Central Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the students. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our Philosophy and Ethics lessons and Personal development programme reinforce this.

At Central Academy, we actively challenge students, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including 'extremist' views.


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