University of Winchester Academy Trust

Safeguarding

The University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWinAT) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of its pupils. All staff share this commitment. Each school within the Trust has a safeguarding and child protection policy which can be found on its web site.

Each school has at least one trained designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and a designated local academy committee (LAC) governor with responsibility for safeguarding.

There is a named safeguarding trustee who liaises termly with each schools safeguarding governor.

The Local Academy Committees are updated regularly by leaders about safeguarding practices, policies and reviews and developments are recorded in the minutes.

All staff are trained to the standards required by Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE 2021).

The Trusts curriculums reflect best practice relating to the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidance. Each schools Sex and Relationships policy is on its web site.

Staff can identify behaviours which suggest a mental health problem which could be an indicator of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Our children are taught how to keep themselves safe from behaviour they perceive to be bullying or abuse and how to report it.

The Trusts schools have IT filters to prevent children accessing inappropriate material.

Staff recruitment practices and policies are applied rigorously, including identity checks, securing references, and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and List 99 checks.

All adults working or governing in our schools are required to undergo enhanced DBS checks.

The Trust has policies to manage allegations against staff, whistleblowing, and the use of physical intervention.

Each schools web site publishes policies which demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding.

These include:

  • Anti bullying policy
  • Behaviour policy and behaviour statement
  • E-safety policy
  • Health and Safety policy
  • Child Protection policy
  • Prevent Duty

Each individual school is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures and practices.