Safeguarding

Are you concerned about a child?

Please report it without delay to our Designated Safeguarding Leads. Explain to the front office that you have a safeguarding concern and they will direct you to one of the following members of staff...

Dawn Baker
HERA Academy Trust CEO & Executive Headteacher

Matthew Poyton
Head Of School

Sophie Wilson
Deputy Head Of School

Hayley Chittick
SENCO & Inclusion Manager

Jane Kirby
Family Liaison & Support

Trustee Monitoring of Safeguarding

We take our responsibilities for keeping children safe seriously across both HERA Academy Trust and Lawford Mead Primary and Nursery School.

One of the ways that we do this is through external monitoring of our approach to safeguarding. This is carried out by a HERA Academy Trustee.

This involves termly monitoring visits and over the course of the year will involve discussion with pupils and staff to understand whether children feel safe in school and whether staff are acting in accordance with the safeguarding policies.

In practice, consideration is given during these monitoring visits to the areas listed below. No identifiable information is shared with trustees to ensure confidentiality.

Areas of safeguarding monitoring include:

  • A review of the Single Central Record which is a document showing evidence that the school has carried out robust recruitment and vetting checks on staff, volunteers and visitors to the school;
  • Approaches to recruitment as well as safeguarding / PREVENT training both for new staff, trustees / governors and volunteers as well as existing staff and volunteers;
  • Review of procedures for visitors to the school and entry requirements;
  • A review of policies and procedures for reporting, recording and responding to safeguarding concerns and assurance that staff understand these arrangements;
  • Discussions with staff and pupils about feelings of safety in the school;
  • Arrangements in place to support vulnerable children;

Mark Golledge
HERA Trustee Responsible for Safeguarding