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‘Under the Education Act 2002, schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.  Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary.  This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.  The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.  Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’

At St Edwards, we aim to make safeguarding a priority across all aspects of our work, including:

  • Vetting procedures in accordance with national guidelines for staff and other adults coming into school regularly.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures compliant with statutory requirements.
  • Child Protection arrangements so everyone knows who they can talk to if they are worried.
  • Effective communication and up-to-date information.
  • Training.
  • Arrangements for site security and health and safety that are understood and applied by staff and pupils.
  • A curriculum that engages pupils, teaching children how to stay safe and take responsibility.
  • Courteous and responsible behaviour to foster an environment where everyone feels secure.
  • Monitoring of attendance.