Safeguarding of Children and Adults at SMHOG
South Manchester Helen O'Grady

The South Manchester Helen O’Grady Drama Academy (SMHOG) believes each person has value and dignity. Principals and Teachers will be appointed after a satisfactory DBS disclosure.

SMHOG is committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk. SMHOG recognises that no one is invulnerable but that there is a particular care for those whose vulnerability is increased by situations, by disabilities or by reduction in capacities. It is recognised that this increased vulnerability may be temporary or permanent and may be visible or invisible.

We seek to address the safeguarding of children of all ages, young people and adults at risk and it is intended to support the Academy in being a safe supportive environment.

The Academy recognises the serious issue of the abuse of children and adults at risk and recognises that this may take the form of physical, emotional, sexual, financial or institutional abuse, human trafficking or neglect. It acknowledges the effects these may have on people and their development. It accepts its responsibility for ensuring that all people are safe in its care and that their dignity and right to be heard is maintained.

SMHOG commits itself to respond without delay to any allegation or cause for concern that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, whilst in its care or in another context.

All teachers and members of staff working with students at SMHOG have received safeguarding training. Should an incident or complaint be made, the teacher will report the matter to us for referral to our Head Office Safeguarding Coordinator.

If you have any concerns whatsoever, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

Telephone                                  0161 749 8746

Mobile                                         07595 188484




Key concepts and definitions:

  1. Adults At Risk: any adult aged 18 or over who, by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation is permanently or for the time being unable to take care of her or himself, or to protect her or himself from significant harm or exploitation.
  2. Safeguarding and protecting children or adults at risk from maltreatment; preventing impairment of their health and ensuring safe and effective care.
  3. Adult/child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect children/specific adults who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm, including neglect.
  4. Abuse and neglect may occur in a family, in a community and in an institution. It may be perpetrated by a person or persons known to the child or vulnerable adult or by strangers; by an adult or by a child. It may be an infliction of harm or a failure to prevent harm.

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