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Child Protection & Safeguarding

What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:


  • 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.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.


Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.


School can safeguard children by:


  • creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices

  • ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children

  • making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice

  • teaching children and young people about staying safe

  • maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.


Designated Safeguarding Lead

Every school is required to have a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Our named person is:  Mrs V Kinsella.