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Safeguarding

The Good Shepherd Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that all our employment practices reflect this commitment.

 

Safeguarding Leads

Amanda Johnston, Director of Education, acts as the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health First Aider for the central Trust team.

Mr Simon Walker is the Trust Director with specific responsibility for safeguarding. 

Each academy has it's own Designated Safeguarding Lead and at least one Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

 

Reporting a Concern

Immediate Risk

If you are concerned that a child may be at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police on: 999. If you are not sure whether you should call the Police, click here.

Registering a concern

If you are concerned that a child is at risk or has been harmed, or are concerned about the behaviour of someone towards children, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school where the child attends.

If you concern is regarding a Headteacher, the CEO or a member of our central team, please contact the Trust's Chair.

 

Safeguarding Vision 

The Trust is deeply committed to the physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of our pupils.

In September 2020, the DfE published the latest version of 'Keeping Children Safe in Education - statutory guidance for schools and colleges'. This statutory guidance document contains information on what schools, including academies, should do and sets out the legal duties contained in the Children Act, which they must comply with.

These legal requirements and the values and principles that underpin The Good Shepherd Trust, mean that it is essential that The Trust ensures not only compliance at the local level in individual schools, but also takes the strategic responsibility to ensure that safeguarding practice is of high quality.

All schools within The Good Shepherd Trust have a range of policies to ensure the effective safeguarding of pupils, which are published on their individual websites. 

The Trust has guidance on safer working practices which can be found here.

 

Other sources of advice and support:

NSPCC Child Protection Line: 0808 8005000

Childline: 0800 1111

On the 1st April 2021, the DfE established a dedicated helpline, run by the NSPCC, to support survivors of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings: 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Stop it now - Sexual Abuse Helpline for adults: 0808 1000900

Diocese of Guildford - Safeguarding

A directory of further helplines can be downloaded here.

 

Policies:

The Trust provides an overarching Safeguarding Policy for schools to localise to their specific circumstances, which can be found here.

If you have any concerns about an adult who is working or volunteering in one of our schools, the Trust's Allegations of Abuse Against Adults Policy can be found here.

The relevant child protection policies for our schools to localise can be found below:

Schools in Hampshire - Model Child Protection Policy

Schools in Surrey - Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Trust COVID Addendum Policy for all schools - Updated 29th January 2021

Information on DBS filtering and where employees and potential candidates can obtain independent advice on this matter, can be found on the 'Working for us' page.

Please visit individual school websites for localised child protection and safeguarding information.

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