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Keeping Children Safe

At Sandcross we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and take an active role, working with all our stakeholders, to ensure our children are safe every day at home, at school and online. We expect all members of our school community to share this commitment and to report anything which may be impacting on the welfare of any member of our school. Staff or visitor identification is worn by all adults in school at all times and all adults are asked to enter the school via the main reception.

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is our Deputy Head Teacher, Miss Lorraine Cox

 

In her absence, please ask to see one of our other trained personnel:

  • Mrs Tina Nowell (Headteacher)
  • Mrs Deborah Jackson (Assistant Head)
  • Mr Richard Bates (Assistant Head)
  • Mrs Katie Jones (Safeguarding Assistant)

 

Definitions

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment.
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development.
  • Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

 

Child Protection

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

 

Online Safety

Online Safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world. It encompasses not only Internet technologies, but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology, helping them to understand and use new technologies in a positive way and stay safer online, both in and out of school.

 

For further advice on keeping your child safe online, visit the new Childline Webpage for under 12s.  It is child-friendly, simple to use and gives great advice.  https://www.childline.org.uk/kids

 

Our Practice

All staff members undertake regular safeguarding training, online safety training and have also undertaken ‘Prevent’ training. Additionally, current DBS checks will be required for all adults who volunteer regularly in school. Our responsibilities and procedures are detailed in our Safeguarding and Online Safety policies. Please see 'Key Information - Key Policies' for more information.

 

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