Safeguarding and Compliance is a central function of the NCEA Trust. By providing a professional service, our aim is to ensure that all of the Trust schools are happy, inclusive and safe places for children to achieve the best possible outcomes and that staff feel supported in their roles.

Safeguarding and the health and welfare of all of our children is everyone’s responsibility. At Trust level, we have a designated safeguarding resource as part of our Central team, led by our Safeguarding and Compliance Director, Sandra Brown. In addition, all NCEAT schools have a designated safeguarding lead and deputy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Safeguarding standards, advice, training and systems
  • Supporting schools in the S175 Audit of statutory duties
  • Supervision for Safeguarding Leads
  • Management of the allegations processes
  • Overview and monitoring of student welfare, safeguarding, attendance, early help, and looked after children
  • Policy development and compliance
  • Monitoring of the IT filter systems
  • Provide a strategic attendance team service including monitoring and tracking children missing in education
  • Provide an effective education welfare service, supporting the legal case work for persistent absentees
  • Support our schools and families in the exclusion process
  • Coordinate Freedom of information and Subject access requests
  • Facilitate the kinship carer group for Northumberland

The team offers consulting, supervision and audit services regarding Safeguarding and Compliance, these are provided to schools within the Trust and can also be offered to external schools on request. We are active members of the Northumberland Safeguarding Partnership’s sub group boards for Early Help and Intervention, Education Reference Group, Schools Engagement Group and Operation Encompass.

For more information about the NCEA Trust’s safeguarding policies, see the Safeguarding area of our website.

Alternatively, call 01670 816111 to speak to a member of staff, or email: Sandra Brown, Safeguarding and Compliance Director via safeguarding@ncea.org.uk.