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Safeguarding Statement

LIFT Partnership recognises its moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Child protection forms part of our safeguarding responsibilities. This means that we have a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place; these can be viewed on LIFT Partnership website under the Policy section as well as on every school website. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and LGB members and Trustees) must ensure that they are aware and understand these procedures.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our children are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Each LIFT Partnership school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), contact details are published on each school website. The school DSL is the person responsible for all safeguarding within that school.

LIFT Safeguarding Team

Gabrielle O’Meara is the Trustee responsible for Safeguarding (GO’

Louise Ling ( is the MAT Designated Safeguarding Lead (MDSL) for LIFT schools

At LIFT schools we have a central Safeguarding team who:‚Äč

  • Support each individual school’s safeguarding team
  • Audit and monitor the consistent delivery of statutory safeguarding responsibilities and the LIFT Safeguarding policy
  • Provide training, advice and updates to ensure effective practice

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) as soon as possible the same day.  Do NOT conduct your own investigation.


If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the Headteacher, or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher, who will consider what action to take.  

If your concern is regarding a member of the LIFT Partnership central team you should report your concerns to Louise Ling, Interim CEO, or Zoe Lever, CFO or Gabrielle O’Meara (Chair of the Trustee Standards Committee) GO’ . Please also refer to the LIFT Whistleblowing Policy on the LIFT Partnership website under the Policy section and on every school website.


Please see our LIFT Partnership Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – COVID-19 

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