Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is :
- 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.
All Percy Hedley School staff receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training (including online safety) at induction; all staff receive safeguarding and child protection (including online safety) updates, as required, and at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively. All staff have clearance to work with children through enhanced DBS in addition to checks on prohibitions, sanctions and restrictions that might prevent the individual from taking part in certain activities or working in specific positions.
We have clear procedures in place to report any concerns (CPOMS). We also teach our learners to keep themselves safe, both within the school grounds and in the wider world. We work closely with parents and wider multi agency teams to ensure that there is clarity and understanding of our procedures in relation to child protection.
E-safety and child safety online is also a key feature of the work we do to keep our young people safe. We cover aspects of this within our ICT and PSHCE program, in addition to offering training to parents. All staff receive yearly E-safety training deliver by our own staff who are trained as CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) ambassadors.
Please see our safeguarding policy and safeguarding guide on our policies page of our website.
The designated safeguarding leads in school are: