Barbara Priestman Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and young people.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.  Our recruitment and selection policy reflects this and is in line with SSCB guidelines and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019.  Safeguarding concerns are handled sensitively and professionally by appropriately trained, designated staff who are committed to supporting student well-being.

The safeguarding of our young people is of paramount importance to us, particularly taking into consideration their ASD and additional needs.  This means that sometimes their behaviours can be misunderstood and misinterpreted by those around them.  We work closely as a team which includes our SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator), specialist SALT (Speech and Language Therapist), Occupational Therapists, Behaviour Manager and Leader of Well-Being.

Externally we liaise with a range of professional including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), CYPS (Children and Young People’s Service), Health professionals and Social Care to ensure that our young people feel safe and are protected from harm.

Designated Officers

Rebecca Blyth – Designated Safeguarding Lead

Carolyn Bird – Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Natalie Preece – Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Rachel Hargreaves – Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Ascent Trust Safeguarding Team

Lynn Watson – Ascent Trustee for Safeguarding

Sharon Common – Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy

Adult Safeguarding Policy

Useful Links/Statutory Guidance

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Protecting Children from Radicalisation

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused