We all have a responsbility for safeguarding children; keeping children safe. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined 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; and
taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The definition has been taken from statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 which specifies inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This is in addition to legislation; Children's Act 1989 and 2004.
At The Dassett C of E Primary School we are highly committed to all aspects of safeguarding and promoting the healthy welfare of our children.
We have a regularly reviewed and rigorous Child Protection Policy and Procedures in place. All staff in school, as well as our volunteers and supply staff, must ensure that they are aware of our procedures. All adults who work/volunteer in the school are subject to enhanced checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as well as rigorous pre-employment and interview checking procedures.
All adults who work in the school are DBS checked and trained to be diligent and take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of pupils at the school, complying with the staff and volunteer code of conduct.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child's best interests.
The well-being of each child is the responsibility of the class teacher under the oversight of the Headteacher.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Alison Hine (Headteacher)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Samantha Parkes (SENCO & Senior Teacher).
The Governing body has a duty to check the school is in line with statutory requirements regarding safeguarding and has a designated governor for safeguarding and attendance.
Our Governor responsible for safeguarding is Ms Deborah Lea.
Early Help Single Assessment
Sometimes families need additional support and this can be done through the Early Help Single Assessment (EHSA) process. This allows multi-agency meetings around the needs of a child and their family to ensure that things improve for the individuals concerned.
Our EHSA lead in school is Mrs Alison Hine (Headteacher).