Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’, DCSF 2010 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
- Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully
- Safeguarding children and young people and promoting their well-being is therefore more than just child protection. In order to safeguard children and young people and ensure their personal development, we will have safeguarding at the heart of our purpose.
The purpose of our safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for the workforce in safeguarding and promoting those pupils who attend our school.
The policy aims to ensure that:
- All our pupils are safe and protected from harm in an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to, approach adults if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to
- Other elements of provision and policies are in place to support the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence
- Staff, pupils, governors, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils