Whitelands Park Primary School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care. “The welfare of the child is paramount” (Children Act 1989). This policy applies to all pupils, staff, governors, volunteers, contractors and visitors to Whitelands Park Primary School. This school recognises it is responsible for making contacts and referrals rather than making enquiries and investigating.
There are five main elements to this Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy:
a) Ensuring we practice Safer Recruitment processes in line with national legislation, by using at least one suitably trained recruiter on all interview panels and ensuring the completion of all necessary checks for Staff, Governors and volunteers.
b) Establishing a whole school Safeguarding culture in which children can learn and develop. This can be achieved by the creation of a positive school atmosphere and teaching, and the pastoral support offered to pupils.
c) Protection, by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns. Raising the awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
d) Developing and then implementing procedures for
e) Support to pupils who may have been abused, including peer-on-peer abuse
The school aims to ensure that:
The school’s approach to safeguarding is further described in additional school procedures and policies, particularly the Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy.