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Safeguarding

The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children and young people in our schools and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to working in partnership and trust for the common good.

We believe that a child’s welfare is always of paramount concern, and that all children have the right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief, or gender identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of our children and staff by protecting them from emotional, sexual, or physical harm and from neglect or bullying. We acknowledge that child abuse can be a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with judgement about the action to be taken.

Every adult is expected to play their part in safeguarding our children. Each school supports this through safeguarding and child protection awareness training. All staff in all of our schools know the procedures that should be followed should they have any concerns about a child. All staff know where to go should they require information, help and guidance.

The Trust Board and Directors have a responsibility to ensure that:

  • They are adequately informed about safeguarding matters in order to make informed decisions.
  • Adequate policies and procedures are in place across Trust schools that meet the most up to date versions of guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children.
  • All members of staff, directors and local governors understand their responsibilities in terms of keeping children safe.
  • Policies and procedures are implemented and monitored and are in line with all guidelines supplied by the local authorities in which our schools are located.
  • Adequate safeguarding resources are available at Academy Council level to ensure safe processes and the minimisation of risk.
  • Directors, staff, and local governors recognise they have a duty of care and a duty to act.

The Trust Board and Directors have taken reasonable and proper steps to protect vulnerable pupils from harm or abuse by:

  • Having adequate and proper safeguarding policies and systems in place, including appropriate vetting procedures for those who work with children and vulnerable adults including Members and Directors themselves.
  • Ensuring safer recruitment/selection practice is in place at each school within the Trust (including but not only rigorous checking of applications, references, and enhanced DBS checks). At least one member of the interview panel will have undertaken recognised and recent Safer Recruitment in Education training.
  • Ensuring allegations of abuse or concerns are dealt with seriously and responsibly in line with the Trust policy of Managing Allegations Against Staff.
  • Ensuring the information about serious incidents is reported as soon as possible.
  • Association with the Local Safeguarding Children Board of each Local Authority in which it operates through its schools. Any issues related to safeguarding children will be discussed at these boards as required.
  • Having ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is delegated to the CEO and the Safeguarding Forum to lead on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children within the BKCAT.
  • Each academy across the Trust having a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who leads on Child Protection and Safeguarding issues within their relevant location. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles, which includes close contact with outside agencies including social services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.
  • Good induction programmes and on-going training/updates and CPD for staff (and others) in minimum standards in child protection are provided by each academy.
  • Listening to concerns of children and their parents with an open mind and promotion of a policy/culture of safeguarding children.
  • Clear and accessible complaints through the Trust’s policy and whistle-blowing procedures.
  • Good supervision of staff and volunteers.
  • Regular audits by Safeguarding Governors reported to Academy Councils to ensure compliance with reporting to full board.
  • Use of a Trust-wide system for monitoring child protection (CPOMs)
  • Trust-led reviews led by Safeguarding specialists.
  • Keeping policy and practice under continuous review.

Reporting Concerns about a Child

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child at any of our schools, contact the relevant Designated Safeguarding Officer in each school. Further details can be found on each school website.

Reporting Concerns about an Adult Working or Volunteering in our Schools

If you are concerned about an adult working or volunteering in any of our schools, contact the Headteacher or if it is a concern against the Headteacher, the Chair of Governors must be informed.