Safeguarding

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 upmost importance that students are safe and feel 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 abuse of children and young people and how to respond to children and 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.

Useful Safeguarding Links

Please find below some external websites that provide advice and guidance on a range of safety issues:

Useful Resources

Parent/Carer Information

Internet safety

Substance Use

Self-Harm

Mental Health

Bereavement

Sexual Health

Eating Disorders

Online safety advice for adults