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.
Alex Clark, Director of Education, acts as the Designated Safeguarding Lead 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.
To enable their quick identification, all the Designated Safeguarding Leads in our Trust wear a black lanyard with the abbreviation 'DSL' written in yellow font.
Reporting a Concern
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.
Concerns relating to extremism
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.
General safeguarding enquiries
Please contact Alex Clark.
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.
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.
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)
Thanks for an excellent and very practical session on safeguarding. Really helped with highlighting things that our local committee safeguarding champion almost certainly knows, but that may have been new to us. Will look out for more helpful sessions and encourage others! (Local committee chair - November 2021)
Other sources of advice and support
NSPCC Child Protection Line: 0808 8005000
Childline: 0800 1111
Samaritans: 116 123
Harmful Sexual Behaviours Professionals Line: 03442250623
Stop it now - Sexual Abuse Helpline for adults: 0808 1000900
NAPAC - Supporting recovery from childhood abuse: 0808 801 0331
Tool for reporting online material that promotes terrorism or extremism: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800789321
A directory of further helplines can be downloaded here.
All staff (including supply staff and volunteers) must ensure that they are aware and understand Trust and individual school safeguarding procedures.
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 a safer working practices statement 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 Surrey - Template Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Please visit individual school websites for localised child protection and safeguarding information.