Safeguarding at Chapel Street
What is safeguarding?
Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:
- Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- Preventing harm to children’s health or development
- Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes
What are schools expected to do?
Schools must comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education – to view the guidance please see link below. This means, for example:
- Having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is trained to support staff, contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies.
- Having a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues – click the link below to view our Safeguarding Policy
- Ensuring that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’
- Ensuring that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated
What does safeguarding look like in our school?
- We have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children. If we have concerns about the welfare of a child we have a responsibility to take action and will always act in the best interest of the child. We also have a legal duty to work alongside other agencies with any child protection inquiries
- We protect information about your child and only share it appropriately
- We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance
- We track concerns about children confidentially
- We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
- We supervise pupils as they enter and leave the school building at the start and end of the day
Any child that reports a concern will be listened to with respect and their concerns will supported and our safeguarding procedures will be followed
Abuse – abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – a certificate of checks carried out on those working with children and vulnerable people. Those who work regularly with children require a more in-depth DBS check
Safer recruitment – recruiting staff using thorough checks on their suitability to work with children, including the right to work in the UK, and mental and physical fitness to carry out their responsibilities
If you are worried about the safety of a child then, in the first instance, you should phone the Manchester Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001 and speak to a Contact Officer. Please also see our section on how to report a concern.