Statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children states that schools and further education institutions, including academies and independent schools, should have in place a number of arrangements as part of their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes measures that deter actions that can lead to safeguarding concerns. In our school these arrangements include:
- a culture of observing and listening to children, taking onto account their wishes and feelings
- statutory safer recruitment practices
- appropriate training, supervision and support for staff
- the implementation and regular review of of a range of clear policies
- action to support whole school and target groups
- action to prevent recurrence of behaviours or risks identified
- key messages to all stakeholders
We frequently tell children that the most important work of the school is "keeping everyone safe and happy". This concept underpins all that we do and all that we believe in. Children know that there is a strong focus on keeping them safe, and that they play a role in making sure this happens. We have appropriate polices that are embedded in practice. All staff have at Child Protection Training at least every three years. Our named Child Protection Officers update their training as required and meet regularly to discuss school context and on-going concerns. We have strong partnerships with a wide range of agencies and this supports the safeguarding work of the school.
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requires local authorities and the Governing Bodies of maintained schools to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. Governors and staff at Drighlington Primary School take this role seriously. Staff training and policies are kept updated and there are named Child Protection Officers in school. We work with a range of agencies who support and advise us. We believe that parent partnership is key to our success. The following documents may be useful to families who have concerns about the well being of children.
Click here for our key stage two e-safety poster
Click here for our early years and key stage one e-safety poster
Click here for guidance on Working Together To Safeguard Children
Click here for Child Abuse Summary Guidance
Click here for link to Section 175 Education Act