At the Fairfax Multi Academy Trust (FMAT), keeping children safe is every member of staff’s responsibility.  The Trust promotes a positive culture of safeguarding, as reflected in our policies, procedures and actions. All staff in the Trust are fully trained in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (2020) and the Trust operates safer recruitment practices in all cases.


The Trust has a central safeguarding policy (below) to which all of our academies adhere.  In addition, each academy has its own safeguarding annex which contains information unique to that academy and reflects their specific contextual situation, including an addendum in response to the Covid 19 context. Special Covid arrangements put in place by the DfE continue to impact upon our daily safeguarding procedures. However, our safeguarding principles remain the same.

We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment within all our academies, where all children and adults are respected and valued. We will make sure that all children and young people have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children and adults receive effective support and protection.  We recognise the additional needs of vulnerable and disabled children and young people and the barriers they may face, especially around communication.

We work closely with both Birmingham and Solihull Local Authorities to support families whose concerns or actions may have led to a referral being made either by school staff or those external to the Trust.

FMAT has a strategic responsibility towards all the academies within it to ensure that safeguarding practices across the Trust are robust and effective in safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all children and young people in its care.

There is a DSL at each academy (see local appendix) who is the first point of call for safeguarding concerns within each academy

The Trust-wide Safeguarding Policy can be accessed by clicking here.

The Trust-wide Covid-19 Safeguarding Addendum can be accessed by clicking here.

The Trust-wide Peer on Peer Abuse Guidance can be accessed by clicking here.

To access the individual academy annexes to the policy please go to their websites by clicking on the academy names below:-

Fairfax Academy

Bournville Academy

Erdington Academy

Smith’s Wood Academy