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Safeguarding Explained

What is Safeguarding?

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purpose of guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in the circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes”

Keeping Children Safe in Education
September 2016

Safeguarding is the action that people take to keep all children safe, for example:

  • Protect children from harm
  • Ensure they are safe and well looked after
  • Take action so that all children are able to grow up in a safe environment

What is Child Protection?

This is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result or abuse. There are four types of abuse:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Neglect

What does your school have to do?

We must have a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection. This person has the title of Designated Safeguarding Lead.

At All Saints this is Emma Johnson (Headteacher).

We also have two other members of staff who are fully trained Val Griffiths (Deputy Headteacher) and Teresa Richardson (Pastoral Mentor) 

We have a Safeguarding and Child protection policy. This document sets out the process for dealing with child protection concerns. The policy is on the website but also alternatively the school can provide you with a copy; please ask at the school office.

This policy outlines the process of reporting allegations about members of staff, including volunteers.

All adults in school must have regular training to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know what to do about their concerns. They have a duty to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

All Saints has a legal duty to talk to other agencies such as Children’s Social Care and the Police if we feel that a child may be at risk of harm.

ALL CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM HARM

What Parents must do?

Parents are the most important people to keep their children safe.

You should always

  • Feel confident to raise concerns about your child
  • Talk to the school if you need help or support
  • Let the school know about any medical conditions
  • Let the school know if you have any court orders relating to the safety of your child
  • Let us know if there is a change in your circumstances such as a house move, new contact number, change of name
  • Who will be dropping off or collecting your child and at least two emergency contacts.
  • Let us know if your child is going to be absent and the reasons why.

You will find additional information at:

The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board: www.northamptonshirescb.org.uk

Through this website you can find information about how to make a referral yourself, the agencies that may help you and a wealth of resources.

 

The Department for Education : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/ 547610Keeping_children_safe_in_education_draft_statutory_guidance.pdf

Your child will find more information at : www.childline/org.uk

Free 24 hour telephone helpline : 0800 1111

 

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