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Forming Partnerships for Safeguarding Week

To mark West Yorkshire Safeguarding Week this week, our Accord Multi Academy Trust has joined forces with Wakefield Community Crafters (who work alongside Wakefield Street Kitchen) in a venture designed to support local students in need of support.

Miss Gibbs, Horbury Academy’s Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead, said “We are extremely grateful to Wakefield Community Crafters’ volunteers who have donated 75 trauma bears to our Trust. The bears will be given to students who have experienced a trauma for instance; those who are living with a disability or have had an operation, have experienced a loss or parental separation, or had to leave their home because of a fire or a flood. They can help young people to hold on to a memory or overcome a trauma, and are designed to put a smile on students’ faces by volunteers who have either experienced a similar trauma or life event, or simply want to help.”

Mrs Rowe, Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Ossett Academy, added “Our Accord academies are committed to ensuring students feel secure, happy and safe. We believe this generous initiative, alongside existing support within our academies, will go some way towards achieving this.”

Safeguarding Week runs across West Yorkshire from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June. Its theme ‘Everyone's Business’, highlights the commitment shared across the region to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe. 

In the Wakefield District, people worried about their safety or the safety of a friend or family member, can call Social Care Direct on 0345 8 503 503 where specially trained staff will listen and provide support.  

Visit www.horburyacademy.com/Parents/Safeguarding and www.ossettacademy.co.uk/the-academy/safeguarding for Horbury and Ossett Academies safeguarding information.