Willows Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Each of our schools has its own Child Protection Policy which is based on the Derbyshire County Council recommended model policy.
Other relevant policies include our Health & Safety Policy and Handbook, Whistleblowing Policy, Administration of Medicines Policy, the Prevent Duty, Data Protection, Acceptable Use of IT Policy and our E-Safety Policy.
All our policies can be viewed in the policy section on each school's website and also accessed from the policy section on this website.
Please note, as with all our documents, hard copies can be provided on request. Also - if you can't see a policy or document you require, please contact us and we will make it available if possible.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
Each school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (the headteacher) and at least one Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. These are fully trained. Each school also has a link governor with responsibility for safeguarding. Details of all these posts are available on each school's website.
The link director for Safeguarding is Ms Kathryn Moran.
If you have any cause for concern, you can contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school to discuss or:
Call Derbyshire Starting Point
Emergency situations should be reported to the police immediately on 999
Family Liaison Officer
As part of our commitment to the welfare of children and supporting families, we have appointed a Family Liaison Worker - Mrs Claire Kudrick. Claire supports the families in all our schools. Please see the attached leaflet for information about the services that Claire can provide and how to make contact.