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Safeguarding

The Trumpington Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

 

The school has a duty to respond to concerns in line with The Education Act 2002:

The Trumpington Federation fully recognises the responsibility it has under the Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

Please click here to read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safer Recruitment

All volunteers and employees are vetted to ensure that they are suitable to work with children.

Before applicants proceed with an intention to apply for a position or to support at the Federation, they are expected to take full consideration of the following points:

  • All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. They are required to disclose all previous criminal convictions and cautions on their application.
  • Candidates will be provided with an induction process and will be expected to engage with this monitored process.
  • The school will assess a candidate’s knowledge of safeguarding by asking specific questions about this area during the interview process and answers to this question will form part of the decision-making process.
  • Our safeguarding policies and procedures will be explained during induction and on a regular basis;
  • Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone.
  • The Trumpington Federation complies with all guidance on Childcare Disqualification and we will seek further advice from appropriate bodies when necessary.
  • Application forms must be completed in full. Particular attention must be made to work history and inform the school of any gaps in employment.
  • Full details of qualifications will be required.
  • References will be taken up prior to interviews and any discrepancies will be addressed during the interview process.

The Role of the Governing Body 

  • The Governing body is required to meet its statutory duty as stated under section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989. This refers to schools or any person who has care of a child ‘may …do what is reasonable in all circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare’. Therefore it may be necessary for the school to ‘hold’ a child whilst an investigation of concerns is carried out by the Police and Social Care.

Designated People

We have a number of staff trained as 'designated people' (DPs) for safeguarding and child protection.  All concerns are notified to a DP in the first instance.  Anyone, including parents and carers, can ask to speak to one of our DPs.

Our Designated People are:

  • Ori Dalton – Executive Headteacher
  • Sarah Buckerfield – Assistant Headteacher
  • Shameem Khan - Assistant Headteacher
  • Kate Barham – Assistant Headteacher
  • Clare Wilkinson – Assistant Headteacher
  • Sonja Waldam - Family Worker
  • Natasha Reay - Family Worker

 

Our lead governor for safeguarding and child protection is Catherine Jones.

Our designated lead for 'Prevent' is Mrs Ori Dalton.

 

Please click below to access the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' guidance and the Prevent Duty guidance.