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.
- 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.
Online Safety (esafety)
Sex and relationships education
Crucial Crew (a training day for Y6 pupils run by emergency services) etc
It’s never easy to know how to keep our children safe when they aren’t with us, and sometimes even when are, if we don’t know what’s happening in their lives or on their devices! Who are they talking to, what are they doing, are they okay?