The Willows 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)

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s Mental and Physical 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.

All schools have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Staff play an important part in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect by early identification of children who may be vulnerable or at risk of harm and by educating children, about managing risks and improving their resilience through the curriculum. All schools should create and maintain a safe environment for children and young people, and should be able to manage situations where there are child welfare concerns. 

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

There are five main elements to our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Implementing procedures for:
    1. Identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
    2. Offering support to students who may be at risk of, or vulnerable, to extremism or extremist views/practices
    3. Offering support to students who may be at risk of criminal/sexual exploitation
    4. Recognising and offering support to pupils who are victims of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence
    5. Offering support to children who have social workers
    6. Offering support to children to improve their mental health.
  5. Support to pupils who may have been abused, including peer on peer abuse

The Willows Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for Schools
COVID-19 Safeguarding Policy Addendum - Jan 2021

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