What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means:
- 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.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child. Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
School staff play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.
In school we aim to:
- create a safe environment for children through robust safeguarding practices
- ensure that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children
- make sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
- teach children about staying safe
- encourage children to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
Children’s Services—Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 126 7000 or https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/children-and-families
NSPCC— www.nspcc.org.uk 0808 800 5000
Childline—www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)- www.ceop.police.uk 0870 000 3344
24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline - 0808 2000 247
The welfare and safety of children is paramount. If you have concerns about a child’s welfare or safety please tell someone.
Mrs Sue Marsh is our Safeguarding Lead and Mrs Liz Meredith is Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
Contact Mrs Marsh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 01327 350648
If a child is in immediate danger, left alone or missing, you should contact the police directly and/or an ambulance using 999.
Every family goes through challenging times at some point. Early help means working with you and your family so that small problems don’t become big problems. Early help is for everybody, for families with children and young people of any age. And it’s your choice whether to have it or not.
Why would I want early help?
There are lots of reasons why people look for early help. It could be that you’re worried about your child’s health, development or behaviour, or how they’re doing at school, or perhaps because you are caring for a disabled child. It may be that you’re worried about money or housing and how that is affecting your family. Maybe your child or your family is affected by domestic abuse, drugs or alcohol or crime. Perhaps your child is a carer for other people, or maybe you’ve had a bereavement in the family that’s made life a
Find out more by clicking on this link - Early Help guide for parents and carers.
Speak to Mrs Marsh or Mrs Meredith if you would like to know more.