Safeguarding

Safeguarding children and child protection

All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding and child protection in schools

Safeguarding in schools is essential for keeping children safe.

It means having:

  • whole-school policies and procedures
  • staff and volunteers confident in identifying and raising concerns
  • leadership confident in responding to and referring concerns and working with other agencies to protect children
  • teaching resources to promote wellbeing.

Nominated child protection lead

In England this role is known as the designated safeguarding lead (DSL), also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL).  At Gillamoor  CE Primary School our nominated persons are;

DSL – Andrea Hayes, Headteacher and SENCo

DDSL – Lorraine Hugill, School Administrator

Safeguarding Governor – Paul Normandale

The nominated safeguarding lead should take lead responsibility for child protection in the school, in liaison with the governors.

They should meet regularly with the governors, working together to ensure child protection is being managed appropriately across the school. 

The nominated child protection lead should also:

  • attend advanced training to enable them to respond effectively to safeguarding and child protection concerns
  • attend any inter-agency training on contextual safeguarding and child protection topics
  • read and understand the local and national guidance about abuse
  • raise awareness of all forms of abuse with staff and volunteers
  • support staff and volunteers who raise safeguarding and child protection concerns about abuse
  • provide the head and governors with an annual report on child protection
  • regularly review and update all safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures.

Responding to concerns about abuse

All children in school know who they can talk to if they have a problem.

The nominated DSL should receive child protection concerns from other adults in the school. They should gather as much information as possible and decide what action to take in line with the school’s child protection policy and national guidance. This includes sharing information with agencies such as the police or children’s services as appropriate.

The nominated DSL should also:

  • keep clear and robust records about all reported child protection concerns and their impact on the child
  • attend any relevant inter-agency child protection meetings
  • involve parents and keep them informed throughout the process (unless doing so would put a child at further risk of harm)
  • make sure the child understands what action is being taking and why.
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Guidance for Parents
Curriculum
Safeguarding through the curriculum. Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people. Keeping children safe in education makes the link between safeguarding and the curriculum: Governing bodies should consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
At Gillamoor, we include keeping safe in our wider curriculum, identifying areas that can link to aspects of safeguarding in all subjects.  These include:
Online Safety (e­safety) 
Bikeability
Food Safety
Water Safety
Road Safety
Fire Safety
Sex and relationships education
Stranger danger
Crucial Crew (a training day for Y6 pupils run by emergency services) etc

Parent Info

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Think You Know

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Childnet International

A resource designed especially for primary school staff to help them understand important e-safety issues and how to get the most out of the internet.

CEOP

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Internet Matters

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NSPCC NetAware

E-safety Campaign campaign is a joint initiative between the Safeguarding Board and the NSPCC.

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Operation Encompass

Our aim is to ensure that schools have timely information about all police attended incidents of domestic abuse, no matter where in the world the child lives.

Parent Zone

Parent Zone is a parenting organisation working to make the online world a safer, more positive place for families and children. Explore the ways Parent Zone can help you.