Our school is committed to promoting the welfare of all children by working in partnership with parents and carers, the Local Authority (LA) and multi-agency partners in early help and child protection, in accordance with locally agreed Somerset Safeguarding Children Board procedures and practices.
Our policy applies to members of the school community in its widest sense. Thus this includes children and young people, their parents/carers, school staff, governors, visitors, specialist staff, and the local and wider community where they interface with the school.
To emphasise the caring ethos of our school, the staff and governors are committed to the following principles:-
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children working with social care, the police and health services both to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
We aim to create and maintain a caring ethos where all children and adults feel safe, secure and valued. If children feel happy and enjoy school this will encourage good attendance and then create conditions in which they can do their best in every area of school life. Our school operates as a listening school where children are able to approach adults with concerns. These will be taken seriously and relevant Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) procedures followed without delay if there is a risk/likelihood of, or actual significant harm.
Our school believes in effective communication with parents and carers. We welcome parent/carer views and concerns about the welfare of their children and use this feedback to regularly review our practices.
Parental views are obtained in the following ways:
Safeguarding and Child Protection training for all staff/adults working in school
Our school complies with the advice laid down in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015' and ‘Keeping children safe in education’ 2016 to undertake regular training.