We define safeguarding as being broader than ‘child protection’. Safeguarding in our school confirms what we do for all children, applies across the whole school and is linked to our overall culture, ethos and the principles we follow in school. Safeguarding in our school is child centred and ensures that at all times we work in the best interests of the child to ensure that school is a safe place for all of our children and young people to be.
We define Child Protection as what we do for children at risk of significant harm, or who have been significantly harmed and we have separate clear procedures which are understood by ALL in place for this.
We define children and young people in our school as being children within the age ranges of 3 to 11 years, however we are aware that children includes everyone under the age of 18.
As appropriate, to safeguard any young person who is over the age of 18 who continues to receive education in our school, we operate in accordance with local guidance and will report suspicions/allegations of abuse or neglect to the Adult Social Care Gateway Team on 0191 6432777.
We accept and expect ALL in school to understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
In school we act in the best interest of all children and ensure we take all reasonable steps to prevent them from harm. Having appropriate safeguards in place not only protects and promotes the welfare of children/young people, but also enhances the confidence of pupils, staff, volunteers and parents/carers. Therefore, safeguarding arrangements should be considered in conjunction with the procedures outlined in Reference Document B
It is imperative that all Schools fully recognise the responsibility they have regarding arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Those statutory responsibilities are noted within the following legislation:
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 states;
- a local education authority shall make arrangements for ensuring the functions conferred on them in their capacity as a local education authority are exercised with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
- schools and Further Education (FE) institutions should give effect to their duty to safeguarding and promote the welfare of their pupils
- the governing body of a maintained school shall make arrangements for ensuring that functions relating to the conduct of the school are exercised with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school
- an authority or body shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State
This legislation makes child protection responsibilities clear and places an obligation on schools to ensure that these responsibilities are met in full.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together (2018) as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care: and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
In addition, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018outlines:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsible. Everyone who comes in to contact with children and their families and carers has a role, to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively all professionals 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. All school staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. All school staff should be prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.
 Maintained school means a community, foundation or voluntary school, a community or foundation special school or a maintained nursery school. The Education Act 2002 does not specifically refer to Academies; however this duty is equally placed onto Academies by subsequent updated legislation.
 Child means a person under the age of eighteen.
 Working Together guidance 2018 referred to throughout this document as’ the current Working Together’
 Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018) referred to as ‘the current KCSE’