Safeguarding and our schools

At Chapel St Community Schools Trust we are committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people.

Our Safeguarding Policy has been created to ensure that all of our students are safe and free from harm.

To achieve our commitment, we constantly ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.

All school staff are required to read and acknowledge that they have read Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education and Annexe A (July 2018).

Click here to download a copy of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Our Commitment to Our Students

We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our students:

  • Enabling them to become successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve;
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.

The four key elements:

1. Prevention

Each school adopts a positive, proactive attitude towards the teaching and pastoral support provided to the students within the school. The school works closely with the students, parents, carers and community, (including relevant community groups), for a fuller, working understanding of the issues.

2. Support

Each school is actively committed to ensuring that support is offered to any student who has been abused or harmed. We also make every effort to make sure that this support reflects the individual student’s language, religious beliefs and any disability / difficulty the student may experience*.

*For more information, please look at the safeguarding page of the school in which you are interested.

3. Protection

Each school commits to following agreed procedures. We also ensure the workforce within the school are trained in accordance with Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act. This states:

“Training should be given every two years for the designated teachers for child protection and every three years for the rest of the staff, including non-teaching and welfare staff.”

4. Training our staff teams

As part of their induction to the school, all staff and volunteers are given training in child protection matters.

  • They are made aware of procedures relating to child protection in terms of their own actions and the need to pass information on to appropriate staff.
  • If a member of staff or volunteer suspects that a student is a victim of abuse or a student discloses that he/she is being abused, information must be passed without delay to the Designated Child Protection Officer who has a legal procedure to follow in all cases of disclosed or suspected abuse.
  • Within each of our schools we take our responsibility for the care and welfare of our students as a matter of the highest importance.
  • We pride ourselves on being a cohesive community, respectful and supportive of each other. There is an emphasis on the importance of care: for ourselves, each other, our community and our environment.
  • Our teaching and support staff are committed to ensuring that students learn and grow within a consistently safe, supportive environment.