TG Safeguarding

Clare Waterhouse TG Safeguarding

Clare Waterhouse
Executive Trust Lead SENCo and Safeguarding

“Protecting those at risk of harm; promoting the welfare of all”

Safeguarding is the golden thread running through everything we do at Tudor Grange Academies Trust. Every child deserves to be kept safe and we ensure this is the case through rigorous training, procedures and support systems. The team of Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputies are dedicated to ensuring that there is a culture of listening to children and that safeguarding has a consistent and visible presence in our schools.

The Executive Trust Lead for Safeguarding is on hand to offer support, advice and supervision to schools within the Trust and the safeguarding team update their own knowledge regularly by sharing expertise. Training opportunities for staff are also offered through the Trust, including e-learning, safeguarding conferences and INSET training. Additionally, we access external consultant support to provide external verification of the work we do.

Regular monitoring is essential to ensure that strong policies, procedures and mechanisms are in place. Quality assurance of safeguarding across the Trust is completed through a range of calendared activities throughout the year. The aim is to continually improve the quality of safeguarding practice by having an increased emphasis on proactive monitoring arrangements through a cycle of quality assurance activities, audits, action plans and reviews. These activities should assist the safeguarding team at each Academy in supporting effective safeguarding practice by evaluating measures currently in place and identifying any developments that may be required to improve practice. Safeguarding Governors are involved in this process, ensuring governing bodies are informed on all aspects of safeguarding and that they are carrying out their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.

The Trust has invested in MyConcern, secure software for recording and managing safeguarding concerns, allowing DSLs to work more efficiently, to monitor and manage concerns more effectively and to access information quickly and easily. Our staff also receive training in Safer Handling, a nationally recognised positive handling and restraint certificate.