Impington Village College - Definition of Safeguarding
'Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It includes issues such as: pupil health and safety; bullying; racist abuse; harassment and discrimination; use of physical intervention; meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions; providing first aid; drug and substance misuse; educational visits; intimate care; internet safety; issues which may be specific to a local area population, for example gang activity; school security.'
Schools are strongly advised to inform parents/carers of their child protection procedures and the requirement to refer concerns to Social Care. The following information is taken from the school's brochure/prospectus:
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must "make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children".
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the Designated Person for Child Protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
* The word ‘school' is used throughout but this would include all educational settings e.g. Pupil Referral Units, Further Education establishments and Independent schools
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