Trinity Safeguarding Team contact details:
(Please ask to speak with Paula Brett)
School Headteacher- 07960 321 661
College Headteacher - 07507 424 207
Executive Headteacher - 07903 071 255
Cavendish Safeguarding Director
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Safeguarding and LAC Manager, DLACT
Deputy Safeguarding and LAC Manager
Trainee Safeguarding and LAC coordinator
Safeguarding DSL trained staff
Head of College
Head of School
Deputy Head - School
Deputy Head - College
Emotional Wellbeing Manager
Assistant Deputy Head - School
Assistant Deputy Head - College
Emotional Wellbeing Assistant
Safeguarding and LAC Manager, DLACT
Head of School
ICT Advisor to Safeguarding
SEN Teacher and ICT Manager
Trinity School and College believe that a child or young person’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our school and college has established and maintains an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school and college are able to talk freely to any member of staff if they are worried or concerned about something and can identify members of the safeguarding team by their yellow lanyards. Posters that include photographs of the safeguarding team are displayed in all student areas. Children and young people may also use the following email addresses to access help and support or to report their concerns about peers.
At Trinity School and College, sexual violence and sexual harassment is not tolerated and is considered a very serious matter. Students are encouraged, through curriculum opportunities, to report any concerns of incidents involving sexual harassment and sexual violence immediately. Students are taught that they will always be taken seriously if they raise concerns. Students are taught to recognise sexually violent and sexual harassment behaviours through the SPHERE (Social, personal, health, employability, relationships and Sex Education) curriculum.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
‘Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to understand the impact this may have on others. Building pupils’ self-confidence and developing a sense of belief in themselves as learners are seen as fundamental to enabling pupils to enjoy success here. High adult-to-pupil ratios and small classes help with this, as do well-trained and experienced staff who understand the complex needs of pupils’ OFSTED (Material Change Inspection), October 2020
‘The nurture and pastoral care of pupils are exceptional at Trinity. Despite pupils’ very complex needs, their personal development is served particularly well. The school’s programme to deliver personal, social, health and citizen education (PSHCE) is designed well. It gives pupils an excellent range of opportunities to learn about the world around them. Their engagement and contribution within the local community are impressive. Their work as Anne Frank ambassadors, aiming to promote social justice, tolerance and equality, is particularly noteworthy. Discrimination is not tolerated here. Equality and respect for different cultures, lifestyles and diversity are promoted well.’ OFSTED, (Standard Inspection), January 2020
All staff in our school and college have an awareness of safeguarding issues and the further information contained in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. We have ensured all staff are aware of behaviours linked to: drug-taking, alcohol abuse, homelessness, county lines, children with family members in prison, children and court system, truanting and sharing nudes and semi-nudes put children in danger.
All school and college staff are aware safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer/child on child abuse. This is most likely to include, but not limited to: bullying (including cyberbullying), gender-based violence/sexual assaults; and sharing of nudes and semi-nude images (also known as youth produced sexual imagery). Further guidance on peer on peer abuse can be found in the Behaviour Policy and procedures and Peer on Peer / Child on Child abuse Policy and Online Safety Policy.
All staff are aware that safeguarding incidents and/or behaviours can be associated with contextual safeguarding factors outside the school or college and/or can occur between children outside of these environments.
Trinity School and College is signed up to Operation Encompass and as such, will receive notification from Police where they attend domestic incidents that occur in the homes of our students. The safeguarding team have undergone training and achieved Operation Encompass Key Adult Status in order that they are in the best place to respond to reports and put in place support for the child or young person.
Working with Parents/Carers
The school is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers to safeguard and promote the welfare of child/ren and to support them to understand our statutory responsibilities in this area. The Executive Headteacher, senior leadership team and safeguarding team liaise with parents where specific safeguarding issues arise, provide information for parents through parent mail communications and actively encourage parents to be aware of our policies, challenging our practice where appropriate.
When new pupils join our school, parents and carers will be informed that we have a safeguarding policy. A copy will be provided to parents on request; it is available on the school website. Parents and carers will be informed of our legal duty to assist our colleagues/ other agencies with child protection enquiries and what happens should we have cause to make a referral to Early Help Service (Family Solutions in Medway) or other agencies. This is done verbally when parents are contacted regarding specific issues, communicated via our policies and by other means such as the parent safeguarding information leaflet.
We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to safeguard a child/ren. This is in line with Information Sharing for Safeguarding Practitioners guidance and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021
We will seek to share with parents any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at increased risk of harm. A lack of parental engagement or agreement regarding the concerns the school has about a child will not prevent the Designated Safeguarding Lead making a referral to Children’s Social Care and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) in those circumstances where it is appropriate to do so.
Safeguarding information and support:
Thinkuknow - Thinkuknow aims to empower children and young people aged 4-18 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support.
CEOP - National Crime Agency site where children, young people, parents and carers can report any concerns they have about the way someone is communicating with them online or about online sexual abuse
net-aware NSPCC - a website developed by the NSPCC which provides online safety advice and information as well as specific information about all social media platforms and apps
Cyberbullying advice and support - NSPCC - advice for parents and carers to support children and young people who experience cyberbullying as well as providing information on how schools and colleges should respond to incidents of cyberbullying
Internet matters - Information, advice and support for parents to help keep their children and young people safe online
Safeguarding advice leaflets for parents - a range of resources for parents and carers to help safeguard children and young people at home