Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and it is the duty of the Trust to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This is our core safeguarding principle.
In adhering to this principle we focus on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of our children regardless of age, ability, culture, race, language, religion, gender identity or sexual identity. All of our children have equal rights to support and protection.
One of the cornerstones of our safeguarding culture is our child protection and safeguarding policy .
This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and trustees and governors, all of whom are trained upon its contents and on their safeguarding duties.
We update this policy at least annually to reflect changes to law and guidance and best practice. Our policy should be read alongside our other safeguarding policies, which are set out in Appendix Two.
What it means for our pupils
We work with our local safeguarding partners to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. This includes providing a co-ordinated offer of early help when additional needs of children are identified and contributing to inter-agency plans which provide additional support to the child.
All of our staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may indicate that a child is at risk of harm. Any pupils or staff involved in child protection or safeguarding issue will receive appropriate support.
Our strong safeguarding culture ensures that we treat all pupils with respect and involve them in decisions that affect them. We encourage positive, respectful and safe behaviour among pupils and we set a good example by conducting ourselves appropriately. Identifying safeguarding and child protection concerns often begin with recognising changes in pupils’ behaviour and knowing that these changes may be signs of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Challenging behaviour may be an indicator of abuse. All of our staff will reassure children that their concerns and disclosures will be taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe.