Safeguarding and Pre-employment Vetting 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 2023).

Candidates should be aware that all posts within the trust have a responsibility towards child protection and safeguarding the welfare of young people. 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.

For the benefit of all those considering applying for a role within our trust, please note:

  • We only accept completed application forms; please complete all sections of the application form
  • If you are shortlisted for interview/assessment you will be asked to declare any relevant criminal convictions; guidance on whether a conviction should be declared can be found at Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975 – GOV.UK (
  • At interview we will ask applicants to verify information on their application form, including work history
  • Wherever possible we will request references prior to interview and we will ask for information relating to disciplinary and capability issues and if you are suitable to work with young people, even if your current role is not working with children or young people.

Any offer of employment will be subject to the following:

  • Evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the UK
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which will include a check to see if a candidate is barred from working with children and young people
  • Online checks (social media and adverse international media)
  • A minimum of two written references
  • Proof of required qualifications
  • Prohibition from teaching check.

Dependent on the role you are being offered, additional checks may be required and these will be detailed in the offer letter.

Further information can be found in our Recruitment and Selection Policy, a copy of which can be obtained from our central recruitment team at