Our core safeguarding principles are:


 the school’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance


 children who are safe and feel safe are better equipped to learn


 this school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Representatives of the whole-school community of pupils, parents, staff, volunteers and governors will therefore be involved in policy development and review


 policies will be reviewed at least annually unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.


 if, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral will be made to Children’s Social Care immediately. Anybody can make a referral. If the child’s situation does not appear to be improving, any staff member with concerns should press for re-consideration. Concerns should always lead to help for the child at some stage.


 all staff members will maintain an attitude of ‘It could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child.


Child protection statement


We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice


 Welfare of the child is paramount

 All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection

 All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm at home, in the community or in school

 Pupils and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support


 To provide all staff with the necessary information to enable them to meet their safeguarding and child protection responsibilities

 To ensure consistent good practice

 To demonstrate the school’s commitment with regard to safeguarding and child protection to pupils, parents and other partners

 To contribute to the school’s safeguarding portfolio