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Rotherham Aspire place the safeguarding of children and young people at the heart of everything we do.


Rotherham Aspire recognises it's moral and statutory responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of our young people. We endeavour to provide an environment where everyone feels safe and is respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow procedures rigorously to ensure effective support, protection and justice is offered to our students.'

At Rotherham Aspire we fully embrace the principle that the welfare of the child is paramount and that it is the responsibility of all adults (including other commissioned or contracted staff) to safeguard our young people, ensuring that they receive the right help at the right time. For this to happen, all of us take our role in identifying concerns early, sharing information and taking prompt, informed action very seriously.

Our school is a place where:

We build positives relationships through endless positive regard. Everyone is valued and respected, with suitable learning opportunities created for all. All our students are nurtured and prepared for the future in both the world of work and society. Everyday is a new day.

Types and Signs of Abuse


There are four categories of abuse:

  • Physical

  • Emotional

  • Sexual

  • Neglect

Signs and Indicators.

There are many signs and indicators that a child might be suffering abuse; physical, emotional and behavioural or a combination of all of them.

*Please be aware that there might also be perfectly reasonable and innocent situations that explain away these concerns.


Some signs to look for:

  • Bruises or other injuries

  • Pain or discomfort

  • Becoming clingy, being watchful and on edge

  • Fear of a particular person

  • A change in behaviour e.g. from being quiet to loud, confident to withdrawn

  • Secrecy about a relationship

  • Sexual talk or knowledge beyond their years

  • Loses interest in appearance or hobbies

How do we keep students safe?

  • Having up to date and working policy documents

  • Check the suitability of all our staff who work the students

  • Encourage students to tell us if something is wrong

  • Adhere to health and safety regulations

  • Train all our staff how to recognise and respond to child welfare and safeguarding concerns

  • Have a Designated Lead Officer (DSO) who leads the Safeguarding and Child Protection Team

  • Work in partnership with parents and carers

  • Share information with appropriate agencies

What to do if you are worried about a child.

If you notice anything that concerns you, or a child has disclosed any information that worries you, talk to a member of the Safeguarding Team.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

We all have a statutory duty to “Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children”.

To get in touch with the Safeguarding Team about any incident and/or concern please see below.

If you have any concerns about the health, safety and wellbeing of a child at this school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff as soon as possible. 

Please do not worry that you are reporting small matters: we would rather you tell us things which turn out to be nothing, rather than miss a worrying situation. Some issues such as a child’s appearance, hygiene and general behaviour can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in school.?



Deputy Headteacher for Safeguarding

Safeguarding Officer, Catcliffe & Rawmarsh Sites

Safeguarding Officer, Hutton Park Site


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