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WHAT DOES SAFEGUARDING MEAN?

You hear the phrase SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN a lot, particularly in schools. But what does it actually mean?

 

The definition of Safeguarding is …

  • Protecting
  • Preventing
  • Ensuring
  • Safe and effective care
  • Taking action

 

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

 

 

What does 'safeguarding' cover?

Safeguarding includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns. Safeguarding is also about being able to respond quickly and appropriately to concerns or allegations brought to the organisation, which means having the right policies and procedures in place to deal with difficult situations if they arise.

 

We ensure a safe culture is created in our school by

  • building an ethos of keeping children safe
  • being proactive about any concerns, and
  • protecting staff by avoiding vulnerable situations with children.

 

We regularly monitor and evaluate our practices to ensure this safe culture is embedded in everything we do in the school.   Our approach to safeguarding and Policy has been based upon professional training and a number of documents, including Guidance for Safer Working Practice in education.

We have taken the guidance from all documents related to safeguarding children, including 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015' and 'Working together to Safeguard Children 2015' to create our own set of safeguarding principles.

 

OUR SAFEGUARDING PRINCIPLES

 Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

 We provide a safe environment

 We are vigilant about identifying signs of abuse, neglect and vulnerability to radicalisation

 We teach children to keep themselves safe, personally and educationally

 We promote positive behaviour and relationships