At The de Ferrers Trust the safeguarding of the children in our care is of paramount
importance. Safeguarding children is every member of staff’s responsibility. Specifically, this
means that all staff are fully trained in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education
(2020) and that the Trust operates safer recruitment practices in all cases.
The Trust has a safeguarding policy to which all of our academies adhere. This can be
found below. In addition, each academy has its own safeguarding annex which contains
information unique to the individual setting.
Within our Multi Academy Trust we recognise the importance of keeping children safe from
harm, not just our statutory responsibility but our moral one. We work closely with both
Staffordshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities to support families whose concerns or actions
may have led to a referral being made either by school staff or those external to the trust.
We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment within all our academies where all
children and adults are respected and valued. We will make sure that all children and young
people have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race,
religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that
children and adults receive effective support and protection. We recognise the additional
needs of vulnerable and disabled children and young people and the barriers they may face,
especially around communication.
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Statutory guidance for Schools and Colleges (DFE
September 2020) contains information on what schools, including academies, should do and
sets out the legal duties with which they must comply.
Part of the above requirement states that all staff should read at least part one of this
guidance and this is provided to all staff in the form of a safeguarding booklet alongside
other important safeguarding information, and time is given within training sessions for staff
to read this.
The de Ferrers Trust has a strategic responsibility towards all the academies within it to ensure
that safeguarding practises across the Trust are robust and effective in safeguarding and
protecting the welfare of all children and young people in its care. As a result of this
responsibility a Director of Safeguarding was appointed to lead on this activity from
September 2019. Kate Priestnall is based on the Dove campus of The de Ferrers Academy, Harehedge Lane, Burton on Trent, and can be contacted on 01283 247776/07395 281892 or via e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The trust-wide safeguarding policy can be located at the bottom of this page. To access the individual academy annexes to the policy please go to their websites by clicking on the academy names below:-
Horninglow Primary Academy
In light of Covid-19 and academy closures, an addendum to the policy has been created together with a number of other resources which you may find useful. To access these please click on the 'Covid-19 Response' to your right.
On the 25th June 2020 the Government produced an excellent resource: Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm during the Covid-19 pandemic an beyond.