In September 2020 the DfE published revised ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education – statutory guidance for schools and colleges’. This guidance contains information on what schools, including academies, should do and sets out the legal duties which they must comply with.
In law, individual academies are deemed to be ‘relevant partners’ of their local authority and as such are under a duty to co-operate in that local authority’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board arrangements. Discovery ensures not only compliance at the local level but also assumes a strategic responsibility to ensure that safeguarding practice is of high quality.
Discovery has established a Head of Safeguarding and Pupil Wellbeing and a Safeguarding Champion from the Board to share good practice and develop the strategic Safeguarding policies and procedures.
Monitor the quality of safeguarding practices and their impact on outcomes for children across Discovery through the Risk Management Panel, SOAP (School On A Page), Annual Safeguarding Audit and Action Plan.
Ensure that the physical estate is safe through prioritising essential capital works and improvements identified through the safeguarding audit process / conditions surveys / EIMMP
Work with the Local Advisory Boards to ensure that the performance of vulnerable children is effectively monitored, and that appropriate support is made available to those children who are at risk of achieving poor outcomes because they are a Child in Need or subject to Children’s Social Care intervention.
Report on the outcomes of vulnerable children who are in need, subject to Child Protection plans or who are Looked After.
Liaise with local authority lead professionals for safeguarding such as the LADO, LSCBs, Ofsted, EFA and other agencies as required.
Discovery has developed a Statement of Intent for safeguarding across its schools to ensure all:
Policy in respect of safeguarding and child protection is determined at Trust and local authority level. It is the responsibility of each school to personalise and implement such policy. Each individual school is responsible for ensuring compliance with its Local Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures and policies and for publishing its own safeguarding and child protection policy in accordance with statutory requirements.
School’s specific safeguarding and child protection policy can be found on their respective school websites.