Safeguarding for schools and academy trusts
Trish D’Souza, a Legal Director in the Education sector, and Laura Sherratt and Rachel Sales from our Charities and Governance team, delivered a session on “What’s new with safeguarding?” for schools and academy trusts.
The content is aimed at senior leaders in the School and Academies sector, Designated Safeguarding Leads and SENCOs and explored areas such as:
- Reminders on:
- Key governance issues including the general duty of care and trustees’ specific safeguarding duties;
- The duty to report safeguarding incidents or misconduct;
- Management of risk within local governing bodies, trading subsidiaries and other sources of delegated authority; and
- Safeguarding duties when working with charitable and non-charitable partners.
- Updated advice on sexual abuse and sexual harassment;
- Reinforcing human rights and duties under the Equality Act 2010;
- Online searches – and how far you can go?
- When should low-level concerns be reported to the LADO;
- Prospective mandatory duty to report child abuse; and
- Prospective guidance for dealing with transgender pupils.
Trish specialises in statutory interpretation, equality and discrimination, exclusion and disciplinary matters, safeguarding, student or parent complaints, special educational and additional learning needs and subcontracting disputes.
Laura advises clients on a range of commercial, governance and regulatory issues including charitable incorporation, registration and dissolution, charitable mergers and acquisitions, academy conversions and transfers.
Rachel acts for registered charities of all sizes including household name charities, multi-academy trust companies and other clients in the education sector. She has experience of acting for both landlords and tenants on her transactional work.