Article 19 of the UNCRC states that : Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them.
Like all other schools in Scotland we employ the GIRFEC policy at Ardrossan Academy to ensure that all of our young people have access to the help and support they need.
This forms the basis of annual training received by all staff at the school, and is supported throughout the year by our trained personnel. The named person act also forms part of this policy.
This Contact List outlines the key people within Ardrossan Academy who should be contacted to report any concerns with the welfare or safety of a young person.
In addition to this we have a number of standard circulars which outline the procedures to be followed by members of staff. These include
E5 – Girfec
E12 – Sex Education
E15 – Internet Usage
E20 – Self Harm & Suicide
Ardrossan Academy has its own internal policies focused on protecting our young people, which can be read on the policies section of our website under school information.
These policies include Anti-bullying, HWB, equalities and attendance.
Throughout the school year we take time to focus on different aspects of child safety during our personal support classes. Topics have included
Sugar and Health
During these focus weeks we look at the facts, use them as discussion points and look at ways to avoid harm to people.
Article 19 is also covered within our curriculum.
In English, we often deal with violence and/or bullying in our study of literature. It often takes the form of analysing and exploring the motivations behind such actions such as racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of prejudice. This forms a central theme through much of the work we study over the 6 years but specific examples are: S1 – Boy and Private Peaceful, S2 – Holes and War of the Buttons, S3 – Divided City and Talking in Whispers, S4 – Of Mice and Men and Face, S5/6 – To kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies and Streetcar Named Desire.
The same is true of Drama but we also explore forms of prejudice, hatred and violence through performance such as the No Knives Better lives Campaign which we take part in each year.