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The Importance of Safeguarding your child at School

The Importance of Safeguarding your child at School

Safeguarding in schools is a crucial aspect of ensuring the welfare and safety of children and young people. It involves identifying and addressing any potential risks to their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. This responsibility falls on all staff members in schools, including teachers, support staff, and administrators.

Legal obligations

Schools have a legal obligation to safeguard children and young people under the Children Act 1989 and 2004, the Education Act 1996, and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. These laws require schools to have appropriate policies and procedures in place for safeguarding, and to take appropriate action when concerns are raised.

Best practices

Some best practices for safeguarding in schools include:

1. Clear policies and procedures: Schools should have clear policies and procedures for safeguarding, including reporting mechanisms for concerns and incidents. A Safeguarding Lead should always be appointed.

2. Training and awareness: All staff members should receive training on safeguarding, including how to recognise signs of abuse or neglect, and what to do if they have concerns.

3. Risk assessments: Regular risk assessments should be carried out to identify potential risks to children and young people in the school environment.

4. Communication and engagement: Schools should communicate regularly with parents and carers about safeguarding and engage with children and young people to promote their safety and wellbeing.

5. Record keeping: Accurate and up-to-date records should be kept of any incidents or concerns raised, and appropriate action taken.

By implementing these best practices, schools can ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in their care.
If you have any concerns surrounding your child’s safety whilst at school you can request sight of these documents. If you need any advice on this matter and you need to speak to an expert feel free to give our team a ring on 01323 404835.