All adults, and in particular those who work with children, have a responsibility to safeguard children and young people from harm. We need to recognise that we have a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children in our care. We need to carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended school activities. All members of the school community, including volunteers and governors, should at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment, an environment where children feel secure, where children are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and where children are listened to. Having safeguarding measures in place not only protects the children in our care but also it enhances the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the general public. Through training, all staff should be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Schools will need to consider and include in their policies: ·Children's physical safety and security on the premises and on off-site visits, ·Children's safety when in the home environment,
·e-safety and security when using the internet,
·Staff awareness and training,
·Monitoring and record keeping,
·Partnership and involvement with other agencies.
What is meant by partnership working?
All children in schools are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise these are passed on to the appropriate agencies. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children depends on effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise. It is important that they communicate and work in partnership to ensure the safety and protection of children. Different organisations involved in safeguarding are:
Social services will be...