Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a shared responsibility. However school's play a unique role by nature of the contact that they have with children and young people on a daily basis.
Safeguarding arrangements need to include:
- taking all reasonable measures to ensure that risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised and
- taking appropriate actions to address child welfare concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies
Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child. Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
The role of the school
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
The statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act states that all schools and colleges must have clear and transparent safeguarding processes. Senior Teachers within our School are trained Designated Safeguarding Leads and all colleagues receive regular safeguarding training.
The key people with regards to this aspect of the school are:
- Mr Mann - CEO
- Mr Jones - Headteacher
- Mr Hastings - Assistant Headteacher
Our Safeguarding Policy is reviewed on an annual basis.