Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined 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"
("Keeping Children Safe in Education" 2019)
The School and Trust fully recognise the contribution they can make to protect children and support pupils in the Trust. The pupils’ welfare and safety is of paramount importance. The aim of the School and Trust's policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate.
Staff in our Trust are made aware that Safeguarding issues 'could and do happen here' and they are trained to understand what possible indicators for abuse and neglect may look like. They will always act in the best interests of the child and will have a conversation with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) when a concern arises.
In line with statutory requirements, staff understand the difference between a safeguarding concern and one involving "immediate danger" or "at risk of significant harm". Staff also know their responsibility is always to record concerns. They are also clear on their responsibility to contact the MASH (Northants Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) directly should the need ever arise.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mr T Pool
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Miss L O'Mara
Further details can be found in the documents below.