Statement of Assurance

REACH Academy is a member of the Alpha Academies Trust and thrives off developing positive traits in our young people around resilience and ambition and believes every young person has a right to access outstanding education in a safe environment.
 
The Alpha Academies Trust and all of its academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people and undertakes stringent vetting and induction processes during the recruitment process of all new staff, volunteers and governors: a safer recruitment check is completed on all new employees and volunteers; we verify a person’s identity and address; we obtain a DBS enhanced clearance certificate, with barred list check when the person will be engaging in regulated activity and we obtain a separate barred list check if an individual will start work in regulated activity before the DBS certificate is available; a prohibition check is undertaken for teachers and others, as well completing a 128 management check as appropriate and a European Economic Area (EEA) check for all teachers; we verify a new employee’s mental and physical fitness to carry out their work responsibilities and relevant questions may be asked about disability and health in order to establish whether an individual has the physical and mental capacity for the specific role; we verify the individual’s  right to work in the UK; and, if the person has lived or worked outside the UK, further checks will be made as considered appropriate; professional qualifications are verified as appropriate to the role
 
The induction programme includes reference to Trust policies and procedures including those dealing with the safeguarding of children and young people such as the student behaviour policy, anti-bullying policy, safeguarding policy, on-line safety policy, prevent policy, children missing in education policy, health and safety policy and lockdown procedure as well as those which ensure high standards of professional behaviour such as the personnel code of conduct policy.  Keeping children safe in education, prevent awareness, child protection level 1 safeguarding and GDPR/data protection awareness are all examples of the thorough training programme our staff undertake prior or during induction. In addition, all existing employees have a new enhanced DBS clearance every five years and sign a DBS self-declaration annually as well as undertaking child protection level 1 safeguarding training every three years. 
 
The Alpha Academies Trust places great emphasis on its statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our young people.  All employees & volunteers and are encouraged to raise any concerns they may have regarding the health and safety of a child at our education setting or if they feel that something may be troubling a child, and would share this information via ‘Myconcern’ with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for REACH, Laura Burgess or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead , Nadine Wedgwood or any member of their team of safeguarding personnel who will then follow this up in line with the Trust’s safeguarding policy and also in liaison with the referring school to ensure the child’s needs are met.
 
A copy of the Trust’s safer recruitment policies can also be found on this website but please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further details about us.

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