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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.

Our policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders, can be found here. More information on the DBS filtering rule, can be found here.

 

Safeguarding Personnel

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 Trustee Director with specific responsibility for child protection and safeguarding. 

Each school has it's own Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and at least one Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. The school DSL is the person responsible for all safeguarding within that school.

 

Reporting a Concern

Immediate Risk

If it is an emergency and you are concerned that a child may be at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police by calling: 999.

If you are not sure whether you should call the Police, click here.

 

Registering a concern about a child

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

Alternatively, you can contact Children's Services directly. Please click on the hyperlink for contact details of the respective local authority:     Surrey   or     Hampshire

 

Registering a concern about an adult who works with children

If you concern is about an adult who is working or volunteering with children, please contact the Headteacher of the school where you have a concern.

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

Alternatively, you can contact the Local Authority Designated Officer. Please click on the hyperlink for contact details of the respective local authority:   Surrey or Hampshire

 

Our Offer

The Trust takes its safeguarding responsibilities seriously and is clear that everyone is responsible for keeping all children safe from harm or abuse. The best interests of the child are placed firmly at the centre of all that we do.

Trust DSL provides support, guidance, training and assurance that culture, structures, processes and compliance are as strong and effective as they can be.

Half-termly DSL network meetings are supplemented with high quality CPD for staff and local committee members throughout the year, alongside access to additional online training through Educare. All Trust schools and the Trust DSL, use CPOMS to record and monitor any concerns about children. Schools are also provided with relevant template policies and training materials to localise, where applicable.

Supervision  

We believe that those involved in safeguarding in our schools, are entitled to appropriate support and development through supervision.

Our supervision policy can be found here.

What do Trust schools say about our support for safeguarding?

  • 100% of Trust schools strongly agree that they have received helpful safeguarding guidance and support from the Trust centre.
  • 100% of Trust schools strongly agree or agree that the support and guidance they have received from the Trust centre, has helped them to move safeguarding culture and compliance forward in their schools.
  • 100% of Trust schools said that they find the half-termly DSL network meetings extremely useful.
  • The Trust received an average rating of 4.78 (out of 5) for the overall safeguarding support (and impact) that is provided to schools from the centre.       

The Trust DSL recently provided a twilight at my school. She was exceptionally well prepared and pitched the safeguarding training at exactly the right level for all staff to gain insightful understanding of this important topic.  (Headteacher - September 2021)

 

Other sources of advice and support

NSPCC Child Protection Line: 0808 8005000

Childline: 0800 1111

Samaritans: 116 123

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

NAPAC - Supporting recovery from childhood abuse: 0808 801 0331

A directory of further helplines can be downloaded here.

 

Policies

All staff (including supply staff and volunteers) must ensure that they are aware and understand Trust and individual school safeguarding procedures.

 

Raising Concerns

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. This policy includes our approach to the management of 'low level' concerns.

Our Whistleblowing (protected disclosures) policy, can be found here.

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

 

Child Protection Policies

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

Schools located in Hampshire - Template Child Protection Policy and Template Safeguarding Policy.

Schools located in Surrey - Template Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

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

Trust COVID Addendum Policy for all schools 

 

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