Safeguarding & Prevent

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The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts works in accordance to the advice and training offered by Islington Children’s Social Care therefore the Academy is committed to the statutory requirements and legislation with regard to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and the information stated below includes appropriate statutory guidance from keeping Children Safe in Education 2015.

Italia Conti is committed to all aspects of safeguarding. We believe that all children and adults at risk have the right to be protected from abuse and harm. Italia Conti aims to ensure as far as is possible that anyone, paid or voluntary, who seeks to work for the Italia Conti Academy and its Associate Schools who will gain access to children and/or adults at risk is safe to do so. Any disclosure must be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer and followed through appropriately.

Italia Conti Academy's Designated Safeguarding Lead officer is Bev Thomas (Student Welfare Office – Level 1)

In her absence please contact the Safeguarding Team;
Ms Karen Dwyer-Burchill – Head Teacher Theatre Arts School - Level 3
Ms Sarah Sutherland - Student Welfare Assistant – Office - level 1
Ms Yvonne Dearman – Manager Saturday School. Teacher/Tutor Italia Conti House

Should you as an Italia Conti school pupil or student feel hesitant or too fearful to confide directly to a member of staff a confidential letter can be forwarded by email to the Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer which will be treated as a priority response. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The Designated member of staff for safeguarding and deputy is responsible for;
  • Ensuring that they receive appropriate child protection training and the training is on-going and updated every two years;
  • To arrange child protection training for colleagues every three years;
  • Ensure that the school has a child protection policy and procedures which conform to and supplement the London Child Protection Procedures or local Authority procedures and which is available to all staff, teaching and non teaching;
  • To keep all new staff up-dated with current procedures and ensure that new and temporary staff are familiar with their child protection responsibilities (staff includes secretarial, canteen, premises managers and staff working in a paid or voluntary capacity)
  • Provision of advice and support to staff in all matters regarding the safeguarding of children;
  • To refer any concerns as soon as they arise to Children’s Social Care;
  • To ensure that staff are sufficiently trained to be able to notice and report indicators and concerns;
  • To monitor the attendance and development of children who may have a child protection plan and inform children’s social services of actual or proposed change of address;
  • To ensure that all relevant information about a child is disseminated to appropriate staff within the school on a need to know basis;
  • To ensure that complete records are sent to receiving schools and that their receipt is evidenced whether a child changes schools as a natural progression or for any other reason, and that copies of those records are kept by the school and archived securely;
  • To maintain accurate and securely stored child protection records;

Schools have a statutory duty under S175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. The same duty is placed on independent schools by virtue of Section 157 of the same Act.

The Law states that children/young people are considered to be minors up to the age of 18 years. The Academy is therefore committed to providing an environment where children and young people and vulnerable adults can learn, develop and achieve and where they are safeguarded and are enabled to tell or communicate if they feel they are being harmed in some way. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are sensitive to issues of race, culture, gender, religion and diversity but these issues should never be a barrier to sharing and reporting concerns about children & young people or vulnerable adults.

All staff have received training in Safeguarding and are knowledgeable with regard to recognising any form of abuse. Staff will also take any disclosure of abuse very seriously and will endeavour to ensure that the proper procedures are taken as a matter of urgency and reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer.

  • If a child makes a disclosure of abuse the following actions are to be taken:
  • React calmly so as not to frighten or deter the child or young person. Listen carefully to what the child tells you without interrupting, take it seriously.
  • Asks questions for clarification only, avoid asking questions that suggest a particular answer. Do not stop the child/young person who is freely recalling significant events allow them to continue at their own pace.
  • Acknowledge how difficult it must be for him/her to tell you and assure them that they have done the right thing. Reassure them that they are not to blame. Explain that you have a responsibility for their safety and therefore have to tell someone in authority. Let them know there are others who can help and that they are not alone.
  • As soon as possible write down what was said in the child’s own words. Record the time, date and setting making a note of any names if mentioned. Sign & date the record.

Any disclosure must be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer and followed through appropriately.

Social media allows people to interact and communicate and brings a great many advantages to its users. However there are also potential pitfalls that teachers need to be aware of so that they ensure their actions do not bring themselves and their schools into disrepute.

It is important to note that indecent or illegal images should not be recorded or copied onto staff computers or school management systems as part of a school investigation. Copying an indecent image is a criminal offence which could result in an allegation made against a teacher, and a prosecution. Any images should be reported as a URL link via the CEOP website. If the images or content is stored on a device, such as a laptop, mobile phone or computer, the computer should be disconnected from the network and securely stored. If in any doubt, CEOP / police advice should be sought first. Depending on the specifics of the incident, the E-Safety Officer, Child Protection Officer or Head Teacher might need to liaise with local police, other agencies and if there is a child protection issue, the LADO. It is also worth considering informing parents/carers, updating and evaluating risk assessments, determining appropriate counselling and considering pupil discipline in line with the schools e-safety / ICT acceptable use policy and behaviour policy.

Is the content inappropriate, but not illegal? If the pupil wishes to report something which is inappropriate, but not illegal, such as adult pornography, copyright infringement, cyber bullying, harassment or offensive comments, then pupils should be taught and encouraged to use an online form added to the school’s website, intranet, networked computers, webmail logins and extranets. It is worth allowing both named and anonymous usage of this form – although using a name should be encouraged.

Italia Conti is a premium member of E-Safety service and uses their publications to update staff pupils, students, and parents with the latest information regarding social media.

All staff, pupils and students will be asked to read and sign an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’.

LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer. The LADO investigates allegations against staff and volunteers who work with children and young people. Islington contact number 0207 527 8066

CEOP -The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

Sadly, terrorist’s organisations also use social media programmes effectively to attract vulnerable young people. The age group of people that is at most risk of radicalisation is 13 to 30 years old.

Since early 2003, the UK has had a long term strategy called Contest for countering terrorism. Three version of Contest have been published since 2003: the most recent version was released in July 2011. Prevent is one of the 4 ‘P’s that make up Contest.

  • Prepare for terrorist attacks
  • Protect the public from the consequences of terrorist actions
  • Prevent people from becoming involved with or supplying terrorism
  • Pursue terrorists in order to stop them from carrying out acts of violence.

From 1st July 2015, Frontline workers in the UK have a legal duty to help prevent people being drawn into terrorism. The New legal duty is called the Prevent Duty. The Academy is committed to the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on the duty in the Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015  to have due regard to the need to prevent children, young people & adults from being drawn into terrorism. Keeping children safe from risks posed by terrorist exploitation of social media will be approached in the same way as safeguarding children from any other on-line or off-line abuse.

The academy will follow the Prevent Duty safe practice guide.

Our Local Authority Islington will have a Prevent Lead who can also provide support.

The local Police Force can be contacted or dial 101. They can talk to you in confidence about the concern and will help to gain access to support and advice.

The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline 0207 340 7264 to enable staff to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Statutory Guidance 'Working together To Safeguard Children 25th March 2015': 


The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP large final Click CEOP gif 3





The Academy prides itself on the supportive and caring 'family' atmosphere we offer our students. This is made possible by the relatively small number of students on site, combined with high student/tutor contact hours. Students have access to continual pastoral care and receive regular individual tutorials with specific course tutors. All members of staff conduct classes in a supportive and mutually respectful manner. The Academy's 'open door' policy allows students to fully communicate with their peers and Academy staff and they are encouraged to express and discuss any difficulties they may be experiencing.

A student welfare officer is usually on duty at Goswell House during the school day and attends to any minor ailments. Emergencies are referred to hospital. She also acts as an important confidant to students with personal or medical problems and will arrange counselling, specialist or medical appointments as required. She has access to all students' medical notes. Regular remedial 'in house' physiotherapy clinics are held at the Academy. All students are advised to arrange private medical insurance by the commencement of their course.

The Academy cannot accept responsibility for personal property of any kind belonging to students that may be lost on its premises. Students are advised to take out an insurance policy for personal property.

All Theatre Arts School pupils are required to wear Academy uniform. All students attending full-time and short courses are required to wear suitable vocational clothing and should have appropriate equipment. Full details of uniform and equipment will be given upon acceptance, much of which can be obtained from our online shop.

Full lunches are available from the canteen (Goswell House) and are compulsory for all Theatre Arts School Pupils. Students on 16+age courses may pre-book them termly. Snacks and light refreshments are also available. Students at the academy's Avondale campus have access to a 'Green Room', a place for students to prepare, eat and relax inbetween classes.





Academy Wide

Please note all academy policies are constantly under review.

The Academy is committed to a policy of widening access to its training courses and recruits students from all areas of the community including those from deprived social areas, minority ethnic groups, the disabled (including those with learning difficulties) and lifelong learners through outreach work and liaison with specialist organisations. 

The Academy is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. The Academy is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students. 

The Academy is committed to providing a high quality education and training experience for all our students. It is recognised that from time to time problems do arise and students may wish to express concern or dissatisfaction with aspects or the quality of services provided. The Academy sees the handling and monitoring of complaints as an important aspect of our quality assurance procedures. Many complaints can be resolved at an informal and/or local level. The Academy strongly encourages resolution of this kind and a student wishing to make representation under this procedure will be expected to have pursued informal resolution prior to bringing a formal complaint. 

2015-2016 Theatre Arts School Complaints Statistics
Complaints that reached stage 2: 7%
Complaints that reached stage 3: 0%

The Italia Conti Academy is aware of its obligations and responsibilities under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001. Students are protected under the terms of this act. Italia Conti has long been associated with the development of artistic individuality. Audition procedures are designed to uncover talent, temperament and charisma and are not based on any specific ideal. We therefore welcome applications from disabled persons and are more than happy to discuss individual cases where potential students need guidance as to their suitability for the courses offered by the Academy. Students with a physical or mental impairment will be auditioned under exactly the same criteria as able-bodied students. Further information can be obtained from the course co-ordinator, whose name will be given upon request. Applicants with a physical impairment are respectfully reminded that our Goswell House campus is a building on nine levels. There is wheelchair access in two lifts and also a wheelchair ramp available to cover the steps leading to reception. Our Avondale site is a building on four levels, a wheelchair ramp can be available to cover the steps to both entrances. The Academy is in consultation with the Disability Rights Commission regarding access and disability policy.

This policy helps to provide guidance in case of sudden emergencies such as:
- a serious accident involving pupils and staff where injury or fatalities may be involved
- where emergency evacuation is required 

The Academy has an ethos, developed over 100 years, of welcoming students from across the social and cultural spectrum. Students are offered places at the Academy on the basis of their talent and suitability for the industry regardless of gender, race, creed, colour, religion, age, physical impairment, learning difficulties or any other factor. The Academy has an Equal Opportunities Committee, which includes the Principal and Student Course Co-ordinator which meets once a term. 

Aims and Objectives

• This policy supports the PREVENT duty for schools as part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015)
• The policy is part of the overall safeguarding policy
• The school has a zero tolerance of any member of the school engaged in extremist behaviour.
• All members of the school staff are trained and demonstrate an understanding of what type of behaviour constitutes extremist behaviour and are vigilant
• The policy supports and complements the ‘British Values set out in the Department of Education guidance, ‘Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools’
• The policy accompanies other related safeguarding documents including the e-safety and equality policies.

In formulating its policy, the academy has paid regard to the DCSF document, Guidance on Health and Safety: Responsibilities and Powers. It should be noted that the "Italia Conti Academy" operates programmes/courses across various education sectors and any reference to "the academy" is all encompassing (as appropriate) of the Academy (HE and FE courses, 16+) and the Theatre Arts School (SE, also known as the Trust). The Italia Conti Academy recognises and accepts its responsibility for providing a safe, healthy workplace and working environment for all its employees and students and any others affected by its activities - contractors, visitors, neighbours and members of the general public. 

This policy takes account of guidance issued by the Secretary of State: Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (SCSRE) (2007), associated guidance: Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff (revised 2012) and current ISI Regulatory Standards (September 2013).It applies to the whole Academy and is available for download through the link below. 

The Designated Lead Safeguarding Officer (DLSO) for child protection and vulnerable adults and the Student Welfare Officer, is Ms Beverley Thomas.

The Safeguarding Team are: Mrs Karen Dwyer-Burchill (Head Teacher – Theatre Arts School), Ms Sarah Sutherland (Child & F.E. welfare Officer), Ms Yvonne Dearman (Tutor & Part-time Courses Manager) & Mrs Amanda Dungate (Safeguarding Outreach Programmes).

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Academy is committed to providing the best possible care and education for its students for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In addition, the Academy is committed to providing a supportive and flexible working environment for all its members of staff. The Academy recognises that in order to achieve these aims, it is of fundamental importance to attract, recruit and retain staff of the highest calibre, who share this commitment.

The Italia Conti Academy is committed to conducting its business with honesty and integrity, and expects all staff to maintain high standards in accordance with their contractual obligations and the Academy’s policies and procedures. However, all organisations face the risk of things going wrong from time to time, or of unknowingly harbouring illegal or unethical conduct. A culture of openness and accountability is essential in order to prevent such situations occurring or to address them when they do occur. 


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A full list of the Academy's policies are available to Parents, Staff and Students upon formal request.

Latest Safeguarding Update




Updates to Safeguarding - 03 March 2016

Welcome to the latest updates regarding safeguarding at Italia Conti. In this update we will be providing parents, students and guardians with the findings of the CHILDWISE report into online behaviour.

This year has seen a major shift in UK children’s media use with time spent online overtaking TV viewing for the first time ever, according to the latest 2016 CHILDWISE Monitor Report.


Tablet ownership also soared this year – up by 50% from last year. Just six years after the UK release of the iPad, tablets have swept into children’s lives, with two in three (67%) now having their own device.

The new data shows that YouTube has taken centre stage in children’s lives this year to become the place they turn to for entertainment, music, games, TV programmes, instruction and advice. Half use the site every day, almost all do so on occasion.

The majority of children who use YouTube visit the site to access music videos (58%). Around half of users keep themselves entertained with funny content on YouTube (52%). Around a third watch gaming content, vlogs/blogs, TV programmes or ‘how to’ videos.

Children are also going online more in their bedrooms. Three in four children (73%) can now access the internet in their room, up from two in three (63%) last year.

The 2016 CHILDWISE Monitor is a comprehensive annual report looking at five to 16-year-olds media consumption, purchasing and social habits as well as key behaviour. More than 2000 children in schools across the United Kingdom completed in-depth online surveys for the report.

“Growing access to the internet at any time and in any place, and a blurring of television content across channels and devices, brings a landmark change in behaviour this year. TV viewing has been redefined,” says Simon Leggett, Research Director from CHILDWISE.

“Children are now seeking out the content of their choice. They still find traditional TV programmes engaging but are increasingly watching them online and on-demand or binge watching box sets.”

This year, for the first time, tablet devices have overtaken laptops/PCs/netbooks as the main type of computer that children have in their homes. Four in five children (79%) now live in a house with a tablet device in it. This is a significant rise from just three in five (61%) last year.

Findings of the report also include...


  • Children age 5-16 now use the internet for an average of three hours a day and watch TV for 2.1 hours. It is worth noting that simply counting hours spent on devices can be problematic. Children multi task and often use more than one device at once and don’t always give each full attention. 
  • 63% of children own their own mobile phone with an average monthly spend of £12.
Parents, guardians and students who wish to find out more about safety online can visit E-Safety Support and download the parent pack for further information. 

Please remember that anybody affected by any issues can discuss this with the safeguarding team at Italia Conti or seek confidential advice by submitting their question to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or asking for a meeting with the Safeguarding Lead Officer on 02076080044. 

 Should you wish to see previous updates, please contact our Head Office on 02076080044