Safeguarding is effective.
You and your team of designated leaders ensure that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and that records are regularly maintained. You have a ‘joined-up’ approach to safeguarding and stress that keeping children safe is the responsibility of all. You ensure that staff, including those who are new to the school, receive regular and relevant training and you keep them informed of recent legislation and updates. Staff are clear about the school’s systems and what to do if they have any concerns over children’s welfare. There are good links with external agencies and clear channels for recording and following up any child protection issues. Leaders establish good relationships with parents, which aids communication should concerns arise. Governors undertake the necessary training and use expertise within the governing body to help them to meet their safeguarding obligations.
Pupils say that they feel safe and all of the parents who completed Parent View agree. Pupils are helped to understand risk and what to do if they have any worries, because safety issues are addressed well by the curriculum. Pupils say that incidents of bullying are rare, but they understand the different forms that bullying can take. They know about the potential dangers of using technology, including social media. They say that name-calling is not an issue in their school because they are taught to respect each other. Leaders use outside visitors such as the local police force and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to run workshops. These provide pupils with useful guidance on how to keep themselves safe from issues such as exploitation, extremism and drug misuse.
Children matter in their own right, are to be listened to and taken seriously. This is in keeping with the Christian ethos of the school as well as society’s values and laws. Christians are called to recognise the unique status of children and there is a special need to respect them as individuals and protect their vulnerability.
Abuse can affect children of all ages, both sexes, different races and cultures and occurs in all social classes. All adults working within the school recognise they are well placed to identify abuse from their day to day contact with and their knowledge of the children in their care.
Protection against abuse can be offered in two ways:-
Immediate protection: creating a safe environment where adults listen to children’s concerns and monitor their well being
Long term protection : building self-esteem and assertiveness alongside social skills.
The school will ensure that:
all its staff are trained to carry out this vital role and are aware of their duties and responsibilities under the Children’s Act 1989, DFE Circulars, the ACPS Procedures, the Interagency Protocols 2001 and school policies, particularly referral procedures and the need to monitor children on the Child Protection Register;
through both the formal and the informal curriculum and the work of its staff a safe environment is created where children will feel free to express their concerns and such concerns are listened to carefully. It is hoped the children will develop knowledge, understanding skills and attitudes will provide longer term protection against abuse.