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What does Safeguarding mean?

We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse and that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of worth and to view the world in a positive way. Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where:

  • Pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe.  Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something.

  • We recognise that staff at our school play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All staff are encouraged to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.

  • Through robust training and induction, all staff and regular visitors will know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information.

  • Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information the child/young person has disclosed.

  • At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013).

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm.  It also relates to aspects of school life including:

  • Pupils’ health and safety.

  • The use of reasonable force.

  • Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions.

  • Providing first aid.

  • Educational visits.

  • Intimate care.

  • Internet or e-safety.

  • Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.