Safeguarding policy

A shared responsibility and the need for effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise are required if children are to be protected from harm and their welfare promoted. (Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016, Keeping Children Safe in Education July 2015)

Introduction

Dalton St Mary’s C of E Primary School is committed to ensuring all children are safeguarded and that pupil welfare is paramount. As a consequence Dalton St Mary’s C of E Primary School will;

  • Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are listened to in an open and positive school atmosphere
  • Ensure that children have an identified, trusted adult in school who they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty
  • Plan opportunities and activities into the curriculum for personal, social, health and citizenship development which will equip children with the skills they need to stay safe
  • Will make any referrals necessary to the Local Authority to ensure the well being of a pupil is safe-guarded, wherever possible we will keep parents informed
  • If the LA involve the police they have the right to speak to a child without parental consent when it is in the best interest of the child
  • Ensure that children’s identities and images are protected with regard to published information on the school, particularly on web-sites and in the media
  • Ensure that the school is always a safe environment

In addition the school will fully comply with national and local statutory duties and guidance.  Staff are aware of their responsibilities in regard to PREVENT duty.

In brief;

Every Child Matters and the provisions in the Children Act 2004 has five clear outcomes for children, all of which the school will endeavour to promote for each pupil:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well being

The Role of the Governing Body

Safeguarding children is a collective responsibility for the whole of the Governing Body.

Every school should have a designated Governor for Child Protection, in this school it is Edith Walker; they undertake relevant training for this role.

Action

Staff in school are in a good position to keep a watchful eye on children and their safety and to protect them from harm. If staff have concerns they have a duty to inform the designated person for Child Protection
immediately.

At Dalton St Mary’s the designated person is Mrs Woodburn.

Our full and comprehensive policy for Child Protection can be accessed through the following link.

DSM Child Protection Policy 2017

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