Ash Trees 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.  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 complex 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 and a range of other specially trained staff.

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.

Jackie May Designated Safeguarding Lead
Wendy Coates Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Sarah-Jane Hart Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Graeme Musson Designated Safeguarding Deputy


Ascent Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Brown

Ascent Safeguarding Trustee

Mr Roy Patel

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy Oct 17

Information Sharing – Safeguarding

Inspecting Safeguarding in Maintained Schools and Academies


This Policy has recently been reviewed and revised in light of the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance 2016

Information Sharing Protocol


Useful links: Statutory Guidance

Working Together to Safeguard Children

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

*New Keeping Children Safe In Education Statutory Guidance – September 2016