Safeguarding

The Trust Board and Local Advisory Bodies take seriously their statutory responsibility under sectionCEOP Internet Safety Button 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 as amended by SI 2012/2962 and the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within their schools to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

The Trust is committed to providing the highest standard of education for all students based on equality of access and opportunity. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of our approach 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.

The Trust believes that all young people:
• have the right to be protected from harm and / or abuse;
• have the opportunity to develop fully;
• have their basic needs met.

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 state that teachers, including Headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. All Trust and Free School staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. The Trust provides appropriate training to ensure that all staff are able to carry out this essential duty.

Our full Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

Responsibilities for safeguarding

Across the Trust, the Trust Board  is responsible for safeguarding procedures and practices. The Trust Board has a nominated Trustee who acts as the nominated Safeguarding Trustee.

At each Free School, the Headteacher has overall responsibility for safeguarding and this is delegated to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). On each site the DSL (including responsibility for Looked After Children) is the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) or Assistant Headteacher, with the Assistant DSL (ADSL) as the Safeguarding Officer or Headteacher. Each Local Governing Body has a Named Governor for Safeguarding.

Reporting a safeguarding concern

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern at one of our sites, please contact the relevant person listed below.

Out of school hours, if you believe a child to be in danger, please contact the police immediately.

Beccles Free School BFS_logo
Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, then the ADSL or Headteacher. Please only contact the Nominated Local Advisory Body (LAB) member for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01502 718850.

Mr T Ward – Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
tward@becclesfreeschool.org.uk
Ms A-M Laker – Safeguarding Officer
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
alaker@becclesfreeschool.org.uk
S Chenery-Morris Mrs S Chenery-Morris
Named Trustee for Safeguarding
safeguardinggovernor@becclesfreeschool.org.uk

Ixworth Free School IFS_logo
Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, and then the ADSL. Please only contact the Nominated Local Advisory Body (LAB) member for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01359 234050.

stacey-bell Mrs S Bell – Inclusion Leader
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
sbell@ixworthfreeschool.org.uk
j-hudson Mr J Hudson – Head of Lower School
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
jhudson@ixworthfreeschool.org.uk
Mrs S Chenery Morris – Trustee
Named Trustee for Safeguarding
safeguardinggovernor@ixworthfreeschool.org.uk

Saxmundham Free School SFS_logo
Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, then the ADSL or Headteacher. Please only contact the Nominated Local Advisory Body (LAB) member for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01728 633910.

Mr D Lees –  Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
dlees@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
Miss M Marsden
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
smarsden@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
S Pastor Mrs S Pastor
Nominated LAB member for Safeguarding
safeguardinggovernor@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
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The Trust
Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the relevant Free School in the first instance. Please only contact the Trust when making a disclosure directly to a Free School would not be appropriate.

The Trust can be contacted on 01394 380944.

Mr D Lees – Saxmundham Free School Headteacher
Systems Leader for Pastoral Development Behaviour and Welfare
dlees@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
Mrs S Chenery Morris – Trustee
Named Trustee for Safeguarding
safeguardingtrustee@sffst.org.uk