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Introduction

1.         Introduction

 

This document outlines Arboretum Primary School child protection / safeguarding policy. It applies to all adults, including volunteers working in or on behalf of the school.

 

Child protection is defined as safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring 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.

 

Everyone working in, or for our school, shares an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:

  • Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in education settings;
  • Identifying children who may be in need of extra help, or are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking the appropriate action, working with other services as needed.

 

We will ensure that parents and our partner agencies are aware of our child protection/safeguarding policy by ensuring that it is displayed in school reception area/s, by raising awareness at initial meetings with parents of new pupils and at parent teacher meetings and ensuring that it is on the school website.

 

 

Policy Aims

The aim of this policy is to outline how the school will:

  • Promote a positive school ethos where children can learn, feel secure and be safe.
  • Prevent unsuitable people working with children and young people.
  • Promote safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice.
  • Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child's welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe.
  • Contribute to effective partnership working between parents and all those involved with providing services for children and young people.

 

The policy will be reviewed annually, unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an earlier date of review.

 

 

Context

This policy enables Arboretum Primary School to carry out our functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children under sections 175 and 157 of the Education Act (2002). The policy is in line with the following legislation and guidance:

 

The policy is consistent with Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children web-based procedures which can be found on the internet, or via the school’s website and is also located on the Policy and Procedures page of www.derbyscb.org.uk. The school will adhere to the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children procedures. 

 

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm, neglect or failure to act, it relates to aspects of broader aspects of care and education. This policy therefore complements and supports a range of other school policies, such as, but not exclusively;

  • Health and safety policy
  • Behaviour & Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Policy on Physical Intervention
  • Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions
  • First Aid Policy
  • Educational visits
  • Intimate care policy
  • E-Safety Policy
  • Safer recruitment policy, including single central record
  • Statement of Procedures for dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and Other Staff & Volunteers
  • Children who runaway or go missing from education, home or care
  • Code of Conduct for all Adults
  • Visitor Policy and Visiting Speakers Agreement
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy
  • Relationships and sex education policy
  • Complaints policy
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Whistle blowing policy

Arboretum Primary School has identified that within our community, there are particular risks of neglect, extremism, FGM and CSE. To protect our children from these risks, we take a number of steps, for example: training staff on a regular basis so that they are aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for; ensure that we promote messages of inclusion and tolerance throughout the school: ensure we have a robust approach to bullying, particularly if it is racially motivated; ensure we have a robust firewall which complies with the latest guidelines on filtering; promote self-esteem and healthy relationships through our PSHE curriculum. We also have several children with family members who are in prison, so must be sensitive to possible welfare issues around this.

 

Principles

Safeguarding arrangements in the school are underpinned by the 2 key principles:

 

  • Everyone who comes in to contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. All Governors, staff, trainees and volunteers have a responsibility and role to play to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Staff members will maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.

 

  • When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff will always act in the best interests of the child. The school operates a child centred approach taking into account children’s views and voices. The child’s wishes and feelings will be taken into account when determining what action to take and services to provide to protect individuals children through ensuring there are systems in place for children to express their views and give feedback.
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