St Wenn School Safeguarding
EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAFEGUARDING!
Your safeguarding officers are:
Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
TA, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Well-being Champion (TIS trained)
1:1 TA, Safeguarding
The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is the first point of contact, closely followed by the deputy designated lead (DDSL) in their absence. BOTH hold equal responsibility for safeguarding and hold Lvl 3 safeguarding training.
WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING? – What does it mean?
The Government Working Together guidance definition is:
“To Ensure all children are protected from harm.” (A child is defined as being between 0 and 18 years of age)
The working Together To Safeguard Children Act 2018 means:
Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment.
Preventing harm to children’s health or development
Ensuring children frow up with the provision of safe and effective care.
Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
In 2003, the Government launched Every Child Matters, a comprehensive programme of reform for children's services with wide-reaching implications for education, health, social services, voluntary and community organisations, and other agencies. The outcomes for this programme were: (SHEEP)
That children: To be SAFE
To be HAPPY
To ENJOY and ACHIEVE
To achieve ECONOMIC WELLBEING
To make a POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION.
In 2010 the Government moved away from this and Safeguarding became the correct term.
WHAT IS CHILD PROTECTION? – What does it mean?
Child Protection is a part of Safeguarding, but with a focus:
“Protecting individuals suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.”
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
The NSPCC define Child Abuse as:
“ Child abuse is when a child is intentionally harmed by an adult or another child – it can be over a period of time but can also be a one-off action. It can by Physical, Sexual or Emotional and it can happen in person or online. It can also be a lack of love, care and attention – This is Neglect.”
Other forms of abuse can include;
Victim of drug or alcohol abuse Online abuse Exploitation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) Human Trafficking and modern day slavery
Grooming Up skirting County lines
This list is not exhaustive.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Schools have a duty of care to provide a safe environment, safer recruitment – DBS checks and to protect children from abuse from someone in a professional role.
All staff are annually trained and receive regular updates. They are able to identify risks and take appropriate action.
Vigilance Understanding and Action
Information Engagement Explanation
During the Corona virus lockdowns Domestic abuse has increased.
This can include:
Coercive and controlling behaviour.
Abuse can include:
Physical abuse Emotional Abuse Neglect Sexual abuse
Victim of witnessing domestic abuse