Safeguarding explained

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

 

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2018

Everyone who comes into contact with children has a duty to safeguard and protect their welfare. If you have any concerns about a child, you must refer those concerns to the school’s designated person with responsibility for Child Protection (DSL) – that is Mrs Shilliam (Headteacher). If she is not available, then please speak to the deputy Safeguard lead (DDSL) Mrs Wood (Deputy Headteacher). We also have two other members of staff who are fully trained – Mrs Martin (Pastoral Teaching Assistant) and Miss Williamson (Office Manager).

Identification of child abuse is very difficult. Individual factors or indicators of abuse may not be particularly worrying, but in combination they can suggest that there is a serious cause for concern. There are four main areas of abuse, all of which have many indicators. These areas of abuse are

  • PHYSICAL
  • NEGLECT
  • SEXUAL
  • EMOTIONAL

 

Other factors may also potentially impact on children’s well-being, these include acute family stress, domestic violence, homelessness, racism or other discrimination. Sadly, child abuse happens to children of both sexes, at all ages, of all cultures, religions and social classes, and both to children with and without disabilities.

If you are worried or concerned about a child, then please speak to a designated member of staff. 

Click here to access our:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs Policy
  • Equality Duty Policy
  • Accessibility Plan
  • Anti-Bullying Policy

You can find additional information at:

The Northampton 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: Keeping Children safe in education https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

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

Free 24 hour telephone helpline: 0800 1111