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:
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.
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you.
Helpful links for parents, kids, teens and educators that cover a range of topics from body to mind.
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
Educate Against Hate
Practical advice for parents, carers, and staff on protecting young people from extremism and radicalism.
Building better family lives together.
Carers Leeds is an independent charity that gives specialist and tailored support, advice and information to unpaid carers aged over 16.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
My Safety Net
Safety Net is a charity which helps children and young people feel safe and confident
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.
Get Safe Online
Advice and help about online safety.
Teens Health - Drugs and Alcohol
Links to information about drugs and alcohol.
Forward Leeds provides support for adults, young people and families needing help with alcohol and drug use in Leeds.
Drug and alcohol support for young people
National Self Harm Network
The forum provides crisis support, information and resources, advice, discussions and distractions.
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.
MindMate is here to help young people in Leeds find help with their mental health and wellbeing.
Rethink Mental Illness
Guidance and support with mental health
Helping young people get the mental health support they need.
Leeds Bereavement Forum
Leeds Bereavement Forum offers a variety of training on bereavement for both individuals and groups.
Winston's Wish support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care are here to support you after the death of someone close.
Your free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing experts
The Market Place
Sexual health support from The Market Place.
Beat Eating Disorders
Advice, guidance and support about eating disorders.
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.
Get a Chat Health number to text if you need guidance with a range of topics from smoking to healthy eating.
Read about knife crime, from spotting the signs to basic laws.
Leeds Young Carers Support Service
Identifying and supporting Young Carers in Leeds
Leeds Domestic Violence Services
Find services in Leeds who offer help and support with domestic violence
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Get online safety support
Guide to raise awareness and offer advice on helping parents to talk to their children about making safer decisions online.
Public Health (student support)
Public Health Integrated Nursing Service
Trapped by Gangs
Recognising and preventing the grooming of children and vulnerable adults who are forced to commit crime