Safeguarding Overview

The Leigh Academies Trust exists to promote outstanding educational experiences that inspire all learners to set their sights high, to achieve to the best of their abilities, and to excel in all that they do in order to prepare them to live and work as successful, active citizens.

The Trust will follow guidelines provided by the DfE and the Medway Safeguarding Children Partnership (MSCP). Each Academy Body (AB) will appoint a senior member of staff as their Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and consider appointing deputy DSL’s.  The AB will work with the DSL to ensure all staff are appropriately trained, and will regularly monitor safeguarding within their school. The DSL will be responsible for ensuring all safeguarding procedures within the school are kept up to date.The Leigh Academies Trust recognises that schools have a crucial role to play in helping to identify welfare concerns and indicators of possible abuse or neglect at an early stage.  All staff have a full and active part to play in protecting and safeguarding the children in our care; our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern.

Definition of Safeguarding

‘Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes a wide range of issues relating to pupils’ welfare, health and safety’ 

(Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills, Ofsted 2019).

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