Nexus Education Schools Trust aims to promote and protect the wellbeing of the children in our care. Our first priority is the welfare of children.
NEST is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We believe safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place across the Trust that contribute to our safeguarding commitment. Trust policies are adapted to reflect local needs within our schools but have a core expectation for each school.
Our safeguarding polices include:
- Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Online Safety
- Photo consent
- Whistle Blowing
Each school has a:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Local Committee Safeguarding Link.
This ensures the needs of each school are met in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. All school staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Recruitment in our schools is completed following safer recruitment guidelines and at least one member of each recruitment panel is safer recruitment trained.
The Bromley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm on 020 8461 7373 / 7379 / 7026 or out of hours on 0300 303 8671.
If you are seriously concerned about a child’s immediate safety, call 999 and ask for the police.
Statement of Intent for Safeguarding
Each School will:
- Have a designated professional lead (DSL), who is a member of the senior leadership team and a designated local committee member for safeguarding
- Have in place safeguarding arrangements which are designed to take account of all possible safeguarding issues including Child Sexual Exploitation and Preventing Radicalisation
- Adhere to safe recruitment practices
- Have arrangements for working together with other agencies and for sharing information with other professionals
- Take account of the local authority’s procedures and practices established by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and comply with any requests from that Board
- Have in place effective child protection and safeguarding and staff behaviour policies
- Develop a culture of listening to children and take account of their wishes and feelings
- Provide appropriate supervision and support for staff including undertaking safeguarding induction and training
- Follow clear policies for dealing with allegations against people who work with children
- Have clear procedures in place to handle allegations of abuse against children
- Consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum
- Appoint a designated teacher to promote the educational achievement of children who are looked after and ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keeping looked after children safe
- Put in place appropriate safeguarding responses to children who go missing from education
- Fulfil all their statutory responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
Nexus Education Schools Trust will:
- Monitor the quality of safeguarding practices and their impact on outcomes for children across the Trust through the Safeguarding audit
- Support the development of safeguarding practices through relevant training
- Provide clear policies which can be adapted at local level to meet need
- Liaise with local authority lead professionals for safeguarding and other agencies as required