Trinity High School & Sixth Form is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is broader than ‘child protection’ as it also includes prevention and ensuring the best interests of our students come first.
The School recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students by creating a positive atmosphere through teaching and learning, pastoral support for students and staff, training for staff and with working with parents and Local Authorities.
We aim to provide a safe and secure environment in which students can thrive and develop and where all aspects of their welfare will be protected by:
- Providing a safe environment and taking all reasonable measures to minimise risks of harm.
- Providing arrangements to take all appropriate action to address concerns relating to the welfare of a student
Within this environment we work hard to build students’ resilience to radicalisation and extremism by promoting fundamental British values and for everyone to understand the risks associated with terrorism.
We are committed in establishing and maintaining an ethos where students and parents feel secure in being able to talk confidently to school personnel about any concerns or fears they may have knowing that they will be taken seriously
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is an aspect of safeguarding but is focused on how we respond to children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of significant harm.
In our school everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children.
The Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Karen Hannan (Assistant Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Nigel Ford (Headteacher)
Lucy Green (Assistant Headteacher)
Faisal Khawaja (MAT ICT Strategic Lead, Online Safety)
Jeremy Petit (Assistant Headteacher, 6th Form)
The Raising of Concerns
When a safeguarding concern is raised, our first priority is the welfare of the child. We are required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils. Where we are concerned about a child we will always aim to discuss our concerns with a parent, unless we believe that such an action would be detrimental to the child’s welfare. In all cases of concern we follow the procedures outlined in our Safeguarding Policy; gaining advice or making referrals to other agencies as appropriate. We work very closely with the various agencies to protect our pupils and support them and their families.
If you are worried about a child’s safety or welfare please do not hesitate to contact one of the Designated safeguarding leads at the school.