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

C Everton

Claire Everton

E Brown

Erica Brown

K Fergusson

Karen Ferguson

R Slater

Ruth Slater

Trinity Campus

C Everton

Claire Everton

L Crowther

Lisa Crowther

S Judge

Sarah Judge

L Christie

Leah Christie



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