Trinity Academy Leeds is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students in the academy. We recognise that there is no higher priority than student’s safety and well-being. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
As an academy, we feel it is of the utmost importance that students not only feel safe, but are safe, so they can reach their full potential. Our nurturing environment coupled with a culture of support means students can seek the help they need quickly, and the staff are expertly trained to look out for any signs that a student is subject to harm.
It is important that all members of the academy’s community see it as a safe place, and this extends to parents and carers. We know that starting secondary school can be an anxious time for parents as well as students. Parents can feel confident and secure that detailed policies and procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy.
At Trinity Academy Leeds, we have a team of experienced staff who are safeguarding trained. We also ensure all staff are kept up to date with relevant information so that student safety is at the forefront of everything we do.
Not only do we prioritise the safety of all students at the academy, but we also recognise that our role is to educate students and parents about how to keep themselves safe, whether this is online or recognising signs of abuse.
We have in place a range of policies and procedures to support our safeguarding commitment. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding People’ in school in compliance with the ‘sharing of information’ guidance. You can find links to all these policies and procedure below. If there is any additional information you require, a member of our safeguarding team is happy to discuss any concerns.
All students, staff and parents are encouraged to report any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding or child protection to the safeguarding team. Students will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff and where appropriate we will signpost students and families to receive additional support from outside agencies if this is necessary.
Mr Richard Gouland | Safeguarding Lead
The roles and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead.
- All policies and procedures to safeguard staff and students are in place and are updated as appropriate.
- All staff/volunteers have read and understood the policies.
- All staff/ volunteers understand and are confident with safeguarding procedures.
- All staff are aware about abuse in order to overcome barriers to students and young people reporting their concerns.
- Supporting staff/volunteers recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to concern.
- Providing detailed training on how to respond to concerns about the abuse of young people, as well as how to respond to young people making an allegation of abuse.
- Explaining ways in which adults can raise concerns about unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
- Addressing specific issues such as, photography and images on the internet, supporting performers, physical contact, one-to-one coaching, journeys in cars, conduct on school trips.
- Providing support to staff, parents and carers and for confidential discussions about concerns.
- Co-ordinating arrangements for monitoring of students on roll who have been identified as being in need of protection.
- Working closely with other professionals with regards to referrals to social care and other external agencies.
Safeguarding – Green Cause for Concern
Staff working directly with children across the academy such as teachers, support staff and our first aid team have access to CPOMS in order to log cause for concern forms. The incident alert is sent through to all members of the Safeguarding Team, who respond to any concern immediately.
Members of our catering, admin and site team have access to paper-based cause for concern forms. These are green and found in all office spaces across the academy. If a staff member needs to log an incident, the form is completed and handed directly to a member of the safeguarding team, who will log the concern on CPOMS, referencing the member of staff who has completed the paper-based form.
Visitors to the academy are given a safeguarding leaflet outlining the procedures for logging a concern at TAL. Visitors can find a green cause for concern form at the main reception. This should be directly handed to Elizabeth Lawrence and Cally Northam at the main reception. Where possible, visitors will be contacted to discuss the concern and the next steps the Safeguarding team will take to resolve the concern.
Useful Safeguarding Links
Please find below some external websites that provide advice and guidance on a range of safety issues:
Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership
LSCP is independently chaired and consists of three key agencies who collectively hold statutory responsibilities for safeguarding; the Local Authority (through Children and Families), Health (through NHS Leeds CCG Partnership) and West Yorkshire Police.View link
Helpful links for parents, kids, teens and educators that cover a range of topics from body to mind.View link
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.View link
Educate Against Hate
Practical advice for parents, carers, and staff on protecting young people from extremism and radicalism.View link
Carers Leeds is an independent charity that gives specialist and tailored support, advice and information to unpaid carers aged over 16.View link
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.View link
My Safety Net
Safety Net is a charity which helps children and young people feel safe and confidentView link
CEOP Internet Safety
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.View link
Forward Leeds provides support for adults, young people and families needing help with alcohol and drug use in Leeds.View link
National Self Harm Network
The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussions and distractions.View link
NHS Self harm guide
This booklet is for people who deliberately harm themselves and are unhappy about it. It is also for family and friends who may have difficulty understanding this behaviour.View link
MindMate is here to help young people in Leeds find help with their mental health and wellbeing.View link
Leeds Bereavement Forum
Leeds Bereavement Forum offers a variety of training on bereavement for both individuals and groups.View link
Winston's Wish support children and young people after the death of a parent or siblingView link
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care are here to support you after the death of someone close.View link
Online safety advice for adults
We would like to support anyone that is a victim of cuckooing by working with partners to safeguard victims and identify the criminals.View link
Get a Chat Health number to text if you need guidance with a range of topics from smoking to healthy eating.View link
Leeds Domestic Violence Services
Find services in Leeds who offer help and support with domestic violenceView link
Guide to raise awareness and offer advice on helping parents to talk to their children about making safer decisions online.View link
Trapped by Gangs
Recognising and preventing the grooming of children and vulnerable adults who are forced to commit crimeView link