Safeguarding

The term 'Safeguarding' has come to represent a variety of systems, actions and structures that take place in school to protect children. These include very practical things such as ensuring the school has a lockable front gate, to the induction of staff to complicated multi-agency work with a family to protect a child from harm. The legal requirement for schools to act to safeguard children encourages a meticulous paper trail of actions taken when any need is perceived. This inevitably means taking actions that may be unpopular with families. We would assure everyone that when the school acts to protect children it is doing so under clear legal guidelines without prejudice.

Should you wish to know more about a specific aspect of safeguarding, such as Child Protection, Special Educational Needs or Attendance please feel free to contact the school to talk to the Headteacher or see the relevant policy.

PREVENT.
There is a current requirement for schools to train staff using government materials on anti-terrorism. This requirement is an extension of good child protection practice. Simply, when any child is vulnerable to harm, be that physically, through neglect, sexually or emotionally school staff follow child protection procedures to ensure their safety. The indoctrination of any child with radical views is a form of emotional harm. In this sense, radical views are those that do not support the Department of Education definition of 'British Values'.