Our safeguarding personnel (as of September 2021) are as follows:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead: Neil Arnould – Head of College
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: David Freeman – Head of College
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Designated Child in Care Teacher : Ben Blyth – Assistant Head of College
- Online Safety Coordinator: Neil Arnould – Head of College
- Person responsible for children with medical conditions: Ben Blyth – Assistant Head of College
- Named Safeguarding Governor: Mr Afolabi
The Leigh UTC is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families, pupils and volunteers) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure, recognising our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
The Leigh UTC recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within the school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourages them to talk openly, and enables them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy core safeguarding principles
- It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern.
- All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
- All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
- All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies.
- All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance.
- Provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
- Ensure all children are able to develop appropriate strategies to recognise and respond to risk and build resilience.
- Identify and recognise children who may be in need of extra help, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.
- Provide help for children, where appropriate and reasonable.
- Take appropriate action to prevent safeguarding concerns escalating and work with other services as needed.
- Safeguard children’s well-being and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.
- Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and to always act in the best interests of the child.
- Respond to and refer any concerns about children or other members of the community in accordance with this policy.
- Contribute towards, read and adhering to the school policies.
All members of staff in The Leigh UTC and Inspiration Academy, know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected. Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, the safeguarding team at the school and other agencies as appropriate.
Members of staff know they must never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a concern or allegation as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child.
The welfare and safety of children are the responsibility of all staff in school and ANY concern for a pupil’s welfare MUST always be reported to one of the following:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead, Neil Arnould
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads, Mr Freeman and Mr Blyth
- We have eight additional DSL trained staff, some working with a specific year group others with SEND students.