Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility and it is essential that everybody working in school understands their safeguarding responsibilities. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. 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, sharing information and taking prompt action.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
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 students are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
Anyone can make a referral to Social Care. In the first instance, should you have concerns about a child, a referral should be made the MASH team of the borough in which the child resides.
Alternatively, you can contact the NSPCC.
Safeguarding encompasses the arrangements that are in place for all children. Child protection refers to the policy and procedures for children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of harm.
Safeguarding covers numerous topics, many of which are interconnected, including:
The Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) document is statutory guidance for schools, colleges and other institutes of education and is written by the Department for Education (DfE). It applies to all school staff as well as to governing bodies, management committees and proprietors. Every member of staff within a school must read at least part 1 of the guidance, as it sets out what legal duties must be followed to ensure the correct safeguarding and welfare of children under the age of 18. You can read Part 1 of the guidance by clicking here.