Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Academy Support

At Oasis Academy Fir Vale we support all children by promoting a caring, safe and positive environment, developing self-esteem and tackling bullying and harassment. We recognise that some children may be victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse or peer on peer abuse. We also recognise that children may be victims of Female Genital Mutilation, Child Sexual Exploitation or be at risk of radicalisation.
At Oasis Academy Fir Vale, we want to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. We are committed to working in partnership with families. When concerned about the welfare of a child, we will always act in the interest of the child and we have a responsibility to take action. We have a legal duty to help professionals in other agencies with child protection enquiries.

Who is looking after you

The Board of Trustees for Oasis Charitable Trust has ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is delegated to the Group Chief Executive, who leads on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk across the Oasis Group. Within our academies there are Safeguarding Leads who lead on Safeguarding issues within their locality. They are clear about their role and have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, which includes close contact with outside agencies including Children’s Services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.

At Oasis Academy Fir Vale our Safeguarding leads are:


Tracy Beever
Safeguarding Manager


Helen Round
Principal & Deputy Safguarding Lead


Emma Merva
Regional Director 
For the North East
Academy Council 


If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. 

Policy and Procedures

Our Safeguarding policy is reviewed by staff and the Academy Council on an annual basis.

We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with latest DfE legislation. Policies and procedures are also reviewed and revised by the Oasis Board of Trustees on a regular basis.

Disclosure & Barring Checks

We follow safer recruitment protocols at every turn. Amongst many procedures in place during the recruitment period, all staff wishing to work or volunteer with us must undergo a DBS check. Oasis meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with Oasis who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.


All Academy staff and volunteers undertake safeguarding training upon starting in the Academy and receive annual updates as appropriate.

Medical Care

Within the Academy we have first aid trained staff who are available during the day to attend to students who become ill or have an accident.

Parents are asked to provide a daytime telephone number and an alternative emergency contact so that they can be contacted if necessary.

If medicines need to be administered to a student, parents must complete a care plan with our medical officer. All medicines must be stored safely with the medical officer and not be kept on the student.



Click here to view our Safeguarding Policy


For more information about agencies or places you can go for advice, please select which category you suit best.



You can also speak with a Duty Social Worker for the Children and Families Services for advice and support: 0114 2734855 24 hours a day, 7 days a week