drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust Safeguarding Statement of Intent | January 2017
drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust is wholly committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk who engage with our Trust are cared for in a safe and secure environment. To fulfil this commitment, a number of safeguarding arrangements are in place.
Policy and Procedures
All policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016. The policies are accessible to all staff through the drb Ignite hub. Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised by the drb Ignite Board of Directors on a regular basis.
Please visit each school’s policy page to read the full Safeguarding policy.
Board of Trustees Responsibilities
As delegated by the Board of Directors, Therese Connell, drb Ignite MAT Director is currently the lead for Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk and has oversight of the Standards and Safeguarding Committee which reports to the Board on all safeguarding issues.
drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust is committed to working with the local Safeguarding Children Board of each Local Authority in which it operates. Any issues related to safeguarding children will be discussed at these boards as required.
Disclosure and Barring Checks
drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure and Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work within drb Ignite MAT schools who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.
Safeguarding Leads / Child Protection Officers
The Board of Directors for drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust has ultimate responsibility for safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is currently delegated to director, Therese Connell who leads on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk across the Trust. Within each school across the drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust there are Safeguarding Leads who take a lead role for safeguarding and child protection at their school. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles. This includes close contact with outside agencies including social services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.
All eligible staff and volunteers are required to undertake relevant safeguarding training and this is regularly reviewed by each lead in individual schools to ensure it is up to date. A training database for all staff and volunteers is currently being established, while training needs are reviewed as part of individual performance reviews and more broadly throughout the Trust as part of the Accountability Framework. A first full training strategy review is planned for Spring 2017.
drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust keeps an audit checklist to assure that safeguarding systems and processes are working as part of the Trust’s Performance Canvas and Accountability Framework.
The audit includes the monitoring of each:
The audit will be undertaken in Spring 2017 for reporting at the Spring Term Trust Board meeting. When necessary, drb Ignite Multi Academy Trust will take part in relevant audits with partner agencies including those from relevant Local Authorities.