What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- 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 specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Safeguarding Summary/Staff understanding- Quick overview
Please see below to obtain a basic overview on CP/Safeguarding. The summary information acknowledges the key areas that all staff/volunteers are expected to have an understanding of.
It is this aspect ( as reflected in KCSIE Sep 2016 where schools are expected to demonstrate and provide evidence that 'mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their role and responsibilities'. Assessing and providing evidence that staff has understood key information/statutory guidance/procedures will be through:
- Online CPD/Courses/training attendance
- Through daily practice
Chiltern Primary School 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 E-safety policy.
Use of reasonable force in schools
The following guidance from the Dfe (see below) provides clarification on the use of force:
- to help school staff feel more confident about using reasonable force when they feel it is necessary
- to make clear the responsibilities of school leaders and governing bodies in respect of this power
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2020
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 Child Protection Policy
- The staff behaviour policy ( sometimes called a code of conduct)
- The role of the designated safeguarding lead
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.