At Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust we put Safeguarding at the heart of everything we do. We are extremely aware of the dangers posed to our students both in the community and online. We endeavour to ensure that all staff receive the best quality training that keeps them up-to-date with current Safeguarding Concerns and legislation.
National concerns currently are around young people being vulnerable to Organised Crime Gangs who run County Lines. Our recent training on September 19 was delivered to us through Edge North East which is a charity who works with Northumbria Police. The training that was delivered by Collette Devlin-Smith was outstanding and shocking for all staff within the Trust. Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive with regards to how it has enhanced their awareness and understanding of what to look out for and report in order to keep our students safe. https://edgenortheast.co.uk/
The Trust Safeguarding Lead attended a full-day event on ‘A public Health Approach: Criminal Exploitation and Serious Violence in September 2019. This event included two national key-note speakers. Our Police and Crime Commissioner opened the day and the Newcastle Director of Public Health chaired proceedings.
The Trust has a Trust Safeguarding Lead and Designated Safeguarding Leads within each academy who all attend regular training and updates delivered by our external consultant Pam Gartland- Safeguarding First. This gives them access to the most up to date issues and in many instances alerts them to the upcoming national concerns. They also attend the National Safeguarding Conference annually. Designated Safeguarding Leads
Trust Staff have most recently received training in the following areas;
Domestic Violence and Coercive Control – Open Clasp Theatre Group
National Online Safety Training – We receive our weekly Wake up Wednesday information on how to keep children safe online and this is shared with parents through our social media pages: NOS Facebook| NOS Twitter
Child Sexual Exploitation
Harmful Sexual Behaviours in Children
PREVENT- Radicalisation and Extremism- Delivered by Paul Staines Newcastle LA
Female Genital Mutilation
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder delivered by the FASD Network
ACE – Adverse Childhood Experiences (Trauma) - Al Coates Sunderland University
County Lines and Knife Crime – EDGE North East (See link above)
Creating a Safe Trans Inclusive Environment-
Recording – In house training
Information Sharing – In house training
We have staff across the Trust who are trained as CEOP Ambassadors. CEOP is Child Exploitation and Online Protection. If parents require information or support regarding any worries you may have you can get that here.
Staff also receive regular updates and briefings throughout the school year.