Safeguarding information

The trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are an equal opportunities employer and want our staff profile to reflect the community we serve.

Everyone who works within the trust and comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We are committed to working with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are in place across the trust to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering, or likely to suffer from harm. We follow guidance published in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (updated in September 2016).

Candidates should be aware that all posts within the trust have a responsibility towards child protection and safeguarding the welfare of young people. Some posts will have more responsibility than others, but candidates should be aware that when applying for a post, children’s welfare is a shared responsibility of all adults.

Working with children and young people is a position of trust and brings with it responsibilities that reflect in the expectations we have of staff outside the workplace. As an employee, you will be expected to role model behaviours and maintain a level of professionalism, inside and outside the workplace. We believe working with children and young people is a privilege and are dedicated to ensuring that our students feel safe and secure in their learning environment.

All posts across the trust are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check (DBS).

For the benefit of all applicants you should be aware of the following:

  • We only accept completed application forms; please complete all sections of the application form.
  • Please detail any criminal convictions, even if you believe these to be spent, they must be declared. This information is for the HR Director only and will not be shared with the interview panel.
  • At interview we will ask candidates to verify information on their application form, including work history.
  • We will always seek references. Three for teaching posts and two for support posts. We will ask for information relating to disciplinary and capability issues.
  • We will ask your referees if you are suitable to work with young people, even if your current role is not working with children or young people.
  • Wherever possible we will seek references prior to interview.
  • We will undertake Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced checks (DBS) for candidates who have been offered a post. This will include a check to see if a candidate is barred from working with children and young people.
  • We will ask for confirmation of qualifications.
  • For teaching posts, we will need to confirm with the Department of Education that you are a qualified teacher.
  • We will need proof of identification and confirmation that you are able to work in the UK.