Safeguarding

#One AET. Safer lives, greater learning.

Academies Enterprise Trust is committed to fulfilling its responsibility under Working Together 2018, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and section 157 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Our trust is not just concerned with compliance regarding statutory safeguarding requirements, but in promoting best practice in safeguarding. Therefore we collaborate to:

  • Put the child first. Secure their empowerment in staying safe.
  • Embed a culture of vigilant leadership of safeguarding within individual academies through appropriate policies, procedures and systems, training and encouraging reflective practice.
  • Deliver on the values that underpin the vigilant culture of safeguarding within individual academies through improving communication and relationships (centrally, locally and nationally), and developing pupil empowerment.

To build a #One AET community of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in person and online, we have set up a Google+ Community forum and a structure of termly national and regional conferences. This ensures our academy DSLs receive effective communication for news, resources and training updates as well as a collaborative approach to solving issues and sharing best practice.

Each academy will adapt the AET Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy template for their own context. This policy covers our approaches to all aspects of child protection including: abuse, neglect, child sexual exploitation, radicalisation, FGM, Forced Marriage, children missing in education.

The policy also provides links to other related policies including: E-safety, ICT Acceptable Usage (staff and pupils), Code of Conduct, Safer Recruitment, Complaints, Whistleblowing, Health and Safety, Anti-Bullying, PSHE, SEND, Educational Visits.

To ensure consistency of approach, the effectiveness of our safeguarding practice is monitored through internal and external audit mechanisms. Individual academies complete a safeguarding self-evaluation at the beginning of the academic year and share this with the Trust DSL. This, in turn facilitates a clear focus on providing meaningful training for colleagues on specific aspects of safeguarding.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection across the trust is Rowena Simmons. The Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection is Jill Fuller, Employee Relations Manager. The nominated Executive Board lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Frances Soul, Director of Education. Safeguarding updates are reported to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis.