What does safeguarding mean?
The phrases 'child protection' and 'safeguarding' are often used interchangeably, but safeguarding has a distinctive meaning.
The key statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' explains what safeguarding is:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children's health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Planning for safeguarding
Successful safeguarding does not happen by chance, but by careful planning.
Three elements include:
- a clear safeguarding ethos,
- a policy that sets out clear expectations and processes, and
- high quality training that ensures staff know what to do and do it consistently across the school.
Our safeguarding principles
As a staff team, we have developed out own set of safeguarding principles, based on the Keeping Children Safe in Education document. You can these on the Policies page.