Child protection

dpp_0052The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to everyone who works in our school. Our children have the right to protection from harm, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability and they have a right to be safe in our school.

We believe that our school provides a caring, positive stimulating and safe environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of each child. The atmosphere within our school is one that encourages all children to do their best. We provide opportunities that enable our children to take and make decisions for themselves.

We provide children with social and health education and citizenship, as part of the National Curriculum to help develop appropriate attitudes and make them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We teach them how to recognise risks in different situations and how to behave in response to them.

By following our Child Protection policy we are able to:

  • ensure that children are listened to, valued and respected;
  • support the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence;
  • raise awareness in both teaching and non-teaching staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible causes of abuse;
  • provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk from harm;
  • emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff;
  • develop a structured procedure within the school that can be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse;
  • develop and promote effective working relationships with other agencies, especially with the Police and Children and Families Service;
  • ensure that all adults within the school, who have access to children, have been checked as to their suitability (via DBS) and references have been received before their appointment.

We have a duty to ensure that our children are not at risk from any abuse. We will investigate any physical injury until we are satisfied that the cause was accidental. If we suspect any form of abuse we will seek and follow the advice of the LA’s Child Protection Advisors. The safety and well being of our pupils are our first concern.

Find the detailed child protection policy in our policies section.