Brooke Weston Trust believes that it is of the upmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare.
This means that all those who work with children in the Trust must be alert to possible concerns about every student and report these appropriately. In order to protect our students at Brooke Weston Trust, we aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our students can feel secure, valued and listened to.
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse.
- Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.
Our Trust will support all students by:
- Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying.
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the Trust.
Everyone working with our students should be aware that:
- Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse.
- They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised.
- They should involve the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately.
- If the DSLs are not available, the Principal should be contacted.
- A disclosure of abuse or harm can be made at any time (lesson times, break times, after school etc.).
- Before outside agencies are invited into the Academy to work with our students or to carry out work on the premises, staff are required to ensure that all relevant DBS checks and identification has been seen.
The Brooke Weston Trust policy for safeguarding children is to;
- Protect children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- and take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Our full safeguarding policy can be found by clicking here.
Reporting a concern
Please refer to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in the relevant school to report a concern. Details of who to contact are included here in Appendix 1 of the Safeguarding Policy. Alternatively, please contact the Trust's Senior Safeguarding and Education Welfare Officer Martine Boyd (MBoyd@brookewestontrust.org / 01536 396366).
Other Safeguarding Agencies
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The MASH can advise on whether a family needs early help or whether they meet the threshold for statutory child protection. Telephone: 0300 126 1000
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Designated Officer Andy Smith - 01604 367862
Designated Officer Christine York - 01604 362633
Designated Officers Janet Barr and Paul Walker; 01223 727968, 01223 727969, 01223 727967
Out of hours service
Should you need to contact children's Social Care urgently during the evening, at night or at the weekend, phone the out of hours team on 01604 626938. An operator will answer the phone and take details of the problem and your contact details. They will then pass this information over to the duty social worker.
Safeguarding Review group
BWT operates a Safeguarding Review Group - its function is to assist the Board of Directors and CEO to discharge their responsibilities under any relevant safeguarding legislation and responsibilities, monitoring and quality assuring the safeguarding practice of individual schools and the Trust as a whole.
- David Bailey, Chair of Governors Thomas Clarkson Academy
- Dave Sargent, Exploitation Strategy Co-ordinator for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
- Chris York, Designated Officer for North Northamptonshire
Further information about this group can be found in the terms of reference.