Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Great Linford Primary School Safeguarding Children Statement 2021-22
At Great Linford Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains paramount.
- All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to Miss Lovelock (Designated Senior Person for Child Protection)
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff & Visitors Ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained.
- Children’s Behaviour Promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles.
- Parents & Carers Promoting links & supporting families.
- Premises Keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose.
- Curriculum Providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection is the Head Teacher, Miss Lovelock.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. All Staff & are given an induction and are directed to the documents:
‘GUIDANCE FOR SAFER WORKING PRACTICE FOR ADULTS WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 2009’ and ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2021’.
Child Protection Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
If you would like more information on safeguarding, all our policies are available in school.