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What is Safeguarding?


What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specfic children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. 

Child Protection Policy 

Please click here to access our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. 

Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information 

From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow. 

Online-Safety 

Wardley CE recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. To find out more please read our Online-Safey policy by clicking here. Alternatively please click here to obtain further information and resources regarding Online-Safety. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016 

Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance above affirms (page 6) that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:

• the safeguarding and child protection policy

• the staff code of conduct policy

• the role of the designated safeguarding lead  (Keeping_children_safe_in_education_guidance_from_5_September_2016)

It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (Have to read at least Part 1) and provide consent that they have done so (A register exists to determine this) Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply. 

The Prevent Duty 

Please click here to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE) Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information. Staff have  completed a training module - A register exists to determine which staff have completed the training. 

Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/headteacher 

Please click here to access the policy. The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DFE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible. 

Safeguarding Summary - Quick overview

Please see the leaflet below to obtain a basic summary of safeguarding procedures/responsibilities at the school. This is particularly useful for short term staff/parent helpers or volunteers. 

Further Resources

Safeguarding chilren and young people (GOV.UK) 

Safeguarding Children (NSPCC) 

Online safety (NSPCC)