Definition of Safeguarding

“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.“ KCSIE 2019

Caslon’s Commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection

Caslon Primary Community School is committed in ensuring that all staff who come into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil the responsibility effectively, the school will ensure their approach is child centred. This means that they will consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Because of our day-to-day contact with children and young people, education staff are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in children’s behaviour or their failure to develop. We need, therefore ‘to be alert to the possibility of abuse occurring, aware of the procedures to be followed if the school have suspicions and have the confidence to follow those procedures.

For further information please refer to the Child Protection policy where by more detail is given to:

• Ensuring we practice safe recruitment through checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.

• Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.

• Implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.

• Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his / her child protection plan.

• Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

• Ensuring there are links with other safeguarding policies and procedures for example, anti–bullying, behaviour policy, attendance, physical intervention, medical conditions, first aid, intimate care, educational visits, sexual exploitation, sexting, disability, homophobic abuse, racism, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, radicalisation and extremism, honour based violence. For further information on some of these procedures, refer to the DSCB website. There is also separate guidance for school on what to do in the event of a death of a child, use of images and safer working practice guidance.

We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, our staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:

• Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.

• Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.

• Include opportunities in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from harm.

Safeguarding Contacts in School

Designated Safeguarding Leader

Mr T Wagstaff

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders

Mrs Holden-Gough, Mrs Warford, Mrs Harper and Mrs Heritage

Safeguarding Governors

Mrs Sellers and Cllr Buttery

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