Our safeguarding policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with national safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.
It will be achieved by:
- Creating a culture of safe recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.
- Educating CYP on how to keep safe and to recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.
- Identifying and making provision for any child that has been subject to abuse.
- Adopting an attitude of “it could happen here” so that we remain alert and vigilant.
- Ensuring that members of the governing body, the Headteacher and staff members understand their responsibility, under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, to be alert to the signs of child abuse and to refer concerns to the designated safeguarding lead.
- Ensuring that the Head Teacher and any new staff members and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.
- Ensuring staff receive regular training on all matters connected to Safeguarding.
The school’s designated safeguarding lead is: Suzanne Whiston. In the absence of the designated safeguarding lead, child protection matters will be dealt with by: Danielle Land, Debbie Commins or Claire Wood.
In line with KCSIE, we define safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing the 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
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:
- Children and young people’s health and safety and well-being
- Grooming and radicalisation
- Meeting the needs of children and learners with medical conditions
- Providing first aid
- Educational visits
- Intimate care and emotional well-being
- Online safety* and the use of technology
- Appropriate arrangements to ensure children and young people’s security,
- Taking into account the local context.
*The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues. CYP who attend Oak Wood who are 18 or over are treated in line with national expectations within KCSIE. In some cases, a referral for them may be made to adult (rather than Children’s) social care.