Child First Trust


At Child First Trust we make safeguarding our highest priority.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy, which includes the names of our designated Child Protection Officers can be found by clicking on the link below:


Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

At Child First we will 

  • Ensure that our Safeguarding Policy is made available to parents and carers if requested.
  • Ensure that all trustees, associates and volunteers are properly vetted to make sure they are safe to work with the students who attend our services.
  • Ensure that all trustees, associates and volunteers have clear procedures for handling allegations of abuse made against members of staff, other adults or children.
  • Ensure that there is a Senior Designated Person (SDP) who has lead responsibility for dealing with all safeguarding issues within the Trust.

The Senior Designated Person for Child First Trust is:

Clare French, Chair of Trustees, C/O Kendall Primary School, Recreation Road, Colchester, Essex. CO1 2HH.  01206 794634  

If she is not available the SDP Alternate is:

Carl Messer, Headteacher St. George’s Primary School, Canterbury Road, Colchester, Essex. CO2 7RU. 01206 506800. 

It is the responsibility of the SDP to:

  • Ensure that all safeguarding issues raised relating to work of the Trust are effectively and immediately responded to, recorded and referred to the appropriate agency.
  • Ensure safeguarding training has been carried out by all Trustees, Associates and volunteers who work with children and young people as part of the Trust.

All Child Protection concerns need to be acted on immediately. If academy staff are concerned that a child may be at risk or is actually suffering abuse, they should tell the Senior Designated Person immediately. These concerns/observations must be recorded using the Recording form for safeguarding concerns (See Appendix 1, Safeguarding Policy).

All Adults, including the SDP, have a duty to refer all known or suspected cases of abuse to Children’s social care or the police.

it is important to note that any staff member can refer their concerns to children’s social care directly.

If, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral should be made to children’s social care immediately. Anybody can make a referral.

 If the child’s situation does not appear to be improving the staff member with concerns should press for re-consideration. Concerns should always lead to help for the child at some point.

At no time should anyone associated with Child First Trust promise confidentiality to a child. They must always act in the interests of the child.

C and FH Process Map.jpg The Essex Child and Family Hub Process Map provides a useful summary of key actions required in the event of a safeguarding concern. A direct link is provided below:

Children and Family Hub Process Map v1.5