What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- To protect children from being maltreated.
- To prevent a child facing impairment of their development or physical or mental
- To make sure that children are given care in their childhood that’s safe and effective.
- To take action to ensure children get the best possible outcomes and life chances.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is 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.
The school pays full regard to DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2020. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including e.g. volunteers and staff employed by contractors. Safer recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job. It also includes undertaking interviews and, where appropriate, ISA and Criminal Records Bureau checks.
|Orchard School||Southwold School||Hoxton Garden School|
|Nominated Safeguarding Officer:|
Ms Aimee Walker
Mr Stephen O’Brien
Ms Rachel Adams
|Other senior safeguarding leads who can also be contacted:|
|Ms Rachael Carr||Ms Erin Gillham||Ms Charlotte Houchin|
|Ms Keisha Nelson||Ms Alice Larkman||Ms Petra Beckmann|
|Other contacts in relation to concerns including any concerns over those named above:|
|Ms Rachel Davie (Executive Headteacher)|
|James Gowland (Chair of Governors)|
Safeguarding Leaflet for Parents
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Covid 19 Response
From 20th March 2020 parents were asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response – who absolutely need to attend. Schools and all childcare providers were asked to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. The annex below and in the above policies details the school individual safeguarding arrangements.