Safeguarding Children Statement
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
Child protection is a 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.
Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
In Green Lane the health and safety and well-being of all children is of paramount importance. We strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. It is important that all staff have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out. Staff, pupils, parents and governors should feel secure that they could raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of children and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously. This will be achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and protecting staff.
Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. A wide range of policies and documentation is in place to ensure that this expectation becomes reality.
These include the following:
- Administration of Medication
- Adult Helper Protocol
- Asthma Policy
- Asthma Medication Procedures
- Anti Bullying (with reference to internet & mobile phone bullying)
- Bodily Fluids and Clinical Waste
- Child Protection Policy (including the prevent duty)
- Continence Management Plan
- Data Protection Policies
- Drugs Policy
- Educational Visits Policy
- E – Safety Policies as follows:
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Mobile Phone Policy
- E-Mail Policy
- Photographing and Videoing Policy
- Fire Evacuation Plan
- Health & Safety Policy
- Holiday and Absence Policy
- Looked After Children Policy
- Inclusion Policy
- Induction Policies
- Management of Allegations against Staff Policy
- Positive Behaviour Plan
- Safe Recruitment and Selection Policy
- Safeguarding Code of Conduct
- The Prevent Duty for Schools
- Security Policy
- Sex Education Policy
- Single Equality Scheme
- Whistleblowing Policy
These policies are updated on a regular cycle, outlined in the Policy Review Cycle Spreadsheet, to reflect the changing needs of the pupils who attend our school.
This is supported by appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues and relevant learning in line with current legislature and guidelines.
In addition the curriculum deals with safeguarding in a number of ways
- In subjects such as Personal, Social and Health Education relevant issues are discussed with the children. Topics include such themes as Drugs, Sex and Relationships and Stranger Danger. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues
- The curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Science etc
- Through visits and visitors – at all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taken out of school appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are finally authorised by the Head Teacher. Visiting speakers, with correct clearance are always welcome into school so that can give specialist knowledge to the children
- E-Learning is encouraged with access both in school and at home to a variety of e-learning packages. These are always fully e-safety evaluated and children taught responsible internet use
For further information please refer to:
Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges
All Green Lane staff have been trained on the contents of this latest document.
In addition the document states:
‘The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 require governing bodies of maintained schools to ensure that at least one person on any appointment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training.’
All members of the Leadership Team and several governors have undertaken NSPCC Safer Recruitment Training in 15/16