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.
Amanda Johnston, Director of Education, acts as the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health First Aider for the central Trust Team. 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.
Safeguarding information is provided to support our academies on a weekly basis, via the Trust briefing. Past copies of the briefing can be viewed and downloaded here.
Reporting a Concern
If you are concerned that a child may be at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police on: 999.
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 an Executive Headteacher, Headteacher or member of our central team, please contact the Trust's Chair.
Safeguarding Vision and Compliance
The Trust is deeply committed to the physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of our pupils.
In September 2019, 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.
Safeguarding of children in schools includes ensuring staff, local governing committee members, volunteers, pupils and parents fully understand their duties, rights and responsibilities in the following policy areas:
- Child Protection: prevention of and protection against physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and support for victims and the staff working with them, including Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage;
- Protection from radicalisation and extremism within the remit of the national 'Prevent' strategy;
- Behaviour, including, where appropriate, Positive Handling (restraint);
- Anti-bullying, including hate-based bullying such as racist, sexist or homophobic in nature;
- Attendance and Children Missing Education;
- Health and Safety on the school site, as well as during trips, visits and local off-site learning opportunities;
- E-safety, ensuring pupils are discerning users of technology, recognising the opportunities and risks of using social media, email, chat rooms, instant messaging and gaming, and understanding how to stay safe;
- Inclusion of vulnerable pupils, effectively supporting social, emotional, physical and learning needs;
- Recruitment and Induction of staff, local governing committee members and volunteers;
- Staff, local governing committee members and volunteer training and development;
- The effective management of visitors to the school;
- Protection of personal data
The Officers and Directors of the Good Shepherd Trust will:
- Monitor the quality of safeguarding practices and their impact on outcomes for children across The Trust and provide regular reports to the Chief Executive Officer and The Trust Board.
- Work with senior leaders to ensure that the performance of vulnerable children is effectively monitored and that appropriate support is made available to those children who are at risk of achieving poor outcomes.
- Report on the outcomes of vulnerable children who are in need, subject to Child Protection plans or who are Looked After.
- Liaise with local authority lead professionals for safeguarding, LSCPs, Ofsted, ESFA and other agencies, as required.
- Undertake an annual safeguarding audit, which is submitted to the Trust central team on a termly basis
- Commission external challenge and support where appropriate to ensure academies meet their statutory responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Other sources of advice and support:
NSPCC Child Protection Line: 0808 8005000
Childline: 0800 1111
Stop it now - Sexual Abuse Helpline for adults: 0808 1000900
Diocese of Guildford - Safeguarding
The Trust provides an overarching Safeguarding Policy for schools to localise to their specific circumstances, which can be found here The relevant child protection policies for our schools to localise can be found below:
Hampshire Schools - Model Child Protection Policy
Surrey Schools - Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy