Safeguarding and Safety
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
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‘Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and discuss the need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’
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 July 2018 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 Miss Suzanne Corry (Headteacher)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Samantha Parkes (SENDco & Senior Teacher) and Mrs Samantha Moll (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 :- Mrs Hester Stevns
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 Samantha Parkes