Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children, their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. To ensure we fulfil this responsibility at the Richard Barnes Academy, all professionals are trained to ensure their approach is child-centred; what is in the best interests of the learner as all times. No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns and the sharing of information, on a ‘need to know’ basis. The Safeguarding Team will ensure the information is triaged and dealt with appropriately.

Richard Barnes Academy Safeguarding Team


Fitzwilliam Campus

Erica Brown

Karen Ferguson

Sam Redhead

Claire Everton



Trinity Campus


Lisa Crowther

Sarah Judge

Academy Committee - Safeguarding

Al Kingsley

The Key Safeguarding Principles at The Richard Barnes Academy:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount
  • Staff should understand their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of learners
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
  • Make a record of any such incident and of decisions made/ further actions agreed, in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy
  • Apply the same professional standards regardless of gender or sexuality (Equality Act 2010)

The Safeguarding Team:

  • Take action on any concerns raised by staff members
  • Work with external agencies when required (Police, Social Care, LA etc)
  • Manage child protection files, adhering to national guidance
  • Provide safeguarding training to all members of staff and provide updates when required

If you have concerns about a learner at the Richard Barnes Academy please report your concerns to Erica Brown

Report a Safeguarding Concern

If you have any concerns about a student or family, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead through the link below, who will be able to deal with your concern in a timely manner.

Safeguarding Concern Form

Safeguarding Policy