The vision of The Good Shepherd Trust is to ensure that our schools provide high quality, holistic education with a Christian context for all learners enabling them to reach their full potential.
To achieve this The Trust is deeply committed to the physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of our pupils.
Local authorities have overarching statutory responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area. Whilst local authorities play a lead role, safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone's responsibility.
In September 2016, DfE published 'Keeping Children Safe in Education - statutory guidance for schools and colleges'. This guidance 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 will have a range of policies to ensure the effective safeguarding of pupils, that will be published on their individual website. Some of these policies are determined by The Trust, and others are written by the school in light of their particular community context, and will be determined and agreed by the Local Governing Body.
Safeguarding of children in schools includes ensuring staff, governors, 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, governors and volunteers;
- Staff, governor 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 and The Trust Board.
- Work with Head Teachers 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, LSCBs, Ofsted, EFA and other agencies, as required.
- Produce an annual Safeguarding review and action plan as part of The Trust's business planning arrangements.
- Commission external challenge and support where appropriate to ensure academies meet their statutory responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.