What is Safeguarding? Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- 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
What is Child Protection? This is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result or abuse. There are four types of abuse:
What role does school play? We must have a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection. This person has the title of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
- Val Griffiths (Head Teacher) Val Griffiths (Head Teacher)
- Jane Hooper, Assistant HT Jane Hooper, Assistant HT
- Paul Thompson, Assistant HT Paul Thompson, Assistant HT
At Yardley Gobion this is Val Griffiths (Head Teacher)
We also have two Deputy DSL’ s, Jane Hooper and Paul Thompson (Assistant HT’s)
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Person was specified in the Children Act 2004 and ensured that every organisation had a "named person" for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputies have a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Person role includes:
- Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
- Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
- Referring any concerns to social care
- Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
- Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records
Keeping Children safe in Education (2018) sets out the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Annex B:
Role of The Designated Safeguarding Lead
Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that the school or college designates an appropriate senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for child protection. This person should have the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff. Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Julia Dale-Skinner.
We have a Safeguarding and Child protection policy. This document sets out the process for dealing with child protection concerns. The policy is on the website but also alternatively the school can provide you with a copy; please ask at the school office.
This policy outlines the process of reporting allegations about members of staff, including volunteers.
All adults in school must have regular training to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know what to do about their concerns. They have a duty to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Yardley Gobion CE Primary has a legal duty to talk to other agencies such as Children’s Social Care and the Police if we feel that a child may be at risk of harm.
ALL CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM HARM
What role do parents and careers have?
Parents are the most important people to keep their children safe.
You should always
- Feel confident to raise concerns about your child
- Talk to the school if you need help or support
- Let the school know about any medical conditions
- Let the school know if you have any court orders relating to the safety of your child
- Let us know if there is a change in your circumstances such as a house move, new contact number, change of name
- Who will be dropping off or collecting your child and at least two emergency contacts.
- Let us know if your child is going to be absent and the reasons why.
You will find additional information at:
The Northamptonshire 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.