Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places duty upon the school to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Safeguarding is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Our school will fulfil local and national responsibilities.
All school staff are knowledgeable about what constitutes abuse and know the signs and symptoms of abuse.
The school is committed to providing an environment where children can play, learn, develop and achieve and where they are safeguarded and are enabled to tell or communicate if they are being harmed in some way. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are sensitive to issues of race, culture, gender and diversity but these issues should never be a barrier to sharing and reporting concerns about children.
All staff including teaching and non-teaching staff, temporary and supply staff, clerical and domestic staff, volunteers and staff working on site employed by other services and agencies and those working with children and families in the community, have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and must be aware of and fully conversant with this policy. All staff must have access to the policy and follow the schools procedures and guidance at all times. For the purposes of this document, the term `Staff` will apply to those listed above.
Because of their day to day contact with children, staff in this school is well placed to observe possible signs of abuse in children.
It is neither the role nor responsibility of those working with children in the school to assess, diagnose or investigate whether a child is at risk of or suffering harm or abuse. It is the responsibility of all staff to be aware of the need to report any concerns about a child to the Designed Safeguarding Lead as a matter of priority or to one of the deputy Designated Members of Staff in his/her absence.