Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a really important part of our school's work and we have certain legal duties that we must fulfil; it is the responsibility of and our governors to make sure that we have the right things in place. When we are inspected, Ofsted checks to make sure that this is the case and that we are meeting our safeguarding responsibilities.
When we talk about safeguarding we mean helping children to keep safe, including online. This means protecting them from child abuse and neglect but safeguarding is about much more than that.
Schools are particularly important because staff see children every day. This means that they are in a good position to pick-up on problems and concerns and that schools can provide or get some early help which might stop things from getting worse.
We Safeguard Children by...
- Teaching them to understand the risks around them and what to do when they
feel unsafe. We do this as part of the curriculum but also use assemblies and
speakers / organisations from outside school e.g. the NSPCC;
- Listening carefully to what children tell us and regularly ask them what they
- Consulting and working in partnership with parents, carers and, where
necessary, external agencies and professionals;
- Recruiting and checking staff and volunteers who work in our school safely, inline with national guidance and best practice;
- Keeping our site as secure as possible, so that we know where children are and
who comes into school;
- Promoting good attendance and positive behaviour. This helps us to prevent
and protect children from different types of bullying, among other things;
- Helping children to understand and keep safe from risks and dangers which
they may encounter online or via the use of phones and other technologies;
- Promoting healthy eating;
- Promoting children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing and
development, including British Values, so that they understand and are
protected from all forms of radicalisation and extremism;
- Dealing properly with sensitive and confidential information. This includes
keeping records safely and securely, seeking appropriate consent and sharing
information only with people who need to know;
- Ensuring that contractors and other people who come into school or use our
facilities are checked and trained in safeguarding and child protection;
- Making sure that all governors, staff and volunteers know how to conduct
themselves and that they are well trained and up-to-date on safeguarding
issues so that they all know what to look for and exactly what to do if they are
- Having staff trained to lead on particular issues in school so that they are in a
position to advise and support other staff, parents and pupils
- Having senior staff who act as Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in
school. They receive more in-depth training and take the lead on
safeguarding and child protection. The DSLs work closely with other
professionals as part of their safeguarding role.