Safeguarding

The Trust Board and Saxmundham Free School Local Advisory Body (LAB) take seriously their statutory responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 as amended by SI 2012/2962 and the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within their schools to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

The Trust is committed to providing the highest standard of education for all students based on equality of access and opportunity. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of our approach as:
• protecting children from maltreatment;
• preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
• ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
• and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The Trust believes that all young people:
• have the right to be protected from harm and / or abuse;
• have the opportunity to develop fully;
• have their basic needs met.

The Teachers’ Standards 2012 state that teachers, including Headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. All Trust and Free School staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. The Trust provides appropriate training to ensure that all staff are able to carry out this essential duty.

Our full Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

General responsibilities for safeguarding

Across the Trust, the Trust Board is responsible for safeguarding procedures and practices. The Trust Board has a nominated Trustee who acts as the nominated Safeguarding Trustee. Further details about the safeguarding responsibilities of the Trust can be found here.

At Saxmundham Free School, the Headteacher has overall responsibility for safeguarding and this is delegated to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).The DSL (including responsibility for Looked After Children) is the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) with the Assistant DSL (ADSL) as the Safeguarding Officer. The Local Advisory Body has a Nominated person for Safeguarding.

Reporting a safeguarding concern at Saxmundham Free School

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern regarding a student at Saxmundham Free School, please contact the relevant person listed below.

Out of school hours, if you believe a child to be in danger, please contact the police immediately.

Any safeguarding concern should be reported to the DSL in the first instance, then the ADSL or Headteacher. Please only contact the Nominated LAB member for Safeguarding when making a disclosure would not be appropriate to the DSL or ADSL.

The DSL and ADSL can be contacted on 01728 633910.

Lizzy Swan Mrs E Swan – Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
eswan@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
Nienke Gibson Mrs N Gibson – Safeguarding Officer
Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)
ngibson@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
S Pastor Mrs S Pastor
Nominated LAB member for safeguarding
safeguardinggovernor@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk