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 2016.  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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Denise Murray 

           Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Joanne Powers 

           Designated Safeguarding Deputy

Ascent Trust Safeguarding Team

Sharon Brown

               Ascent Safeguarding Lead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Mr Roy

               Ascent Safeguarding Trustee

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy


Useful Links ; Statutory Guidance

*NEW* KCSIE Statutory Guidance – September 2016

What to do if you think a child is being abused

Protecting Children from Radicalisation