St Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children within its family of schools. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The Trust believe that the child’s welfare is always of paramount concern, and that all children have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with the Trust’s Safeguarding Policy.
The Trust recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its children by protecting them from emotional, sexual or physical harm and from neglect or bullying. They 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 some information, help and guidance.
The Trust supports each school in the following ways:
- Fully adopting the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance September 2023;
- Undertaking safeguarding external/internal reviews and Local Authority audits;
- Ensuring each Academy adheres to the Trust’s Child Safeguarding Policy and other safeguarding policies and procedures that details school specific advice and designated safeguarding officer details;
- Ensuring each school has a governor on its Academy Council with special responsibility for safeguarding;
- Having a Director with special responsibility for safeguarding;
- All staff receive regular training on child protection procedures, including Prevent and Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
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. 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 Head teacher or if it is a concern against the Head teacher then the next most senior member of staff must be informed and the Chair of Governors.
All applicants for employment at the Trust and its schools will be fully vetted in accordance with DfE Guidelines.