Safeguarding Statement of Intent
King Edward Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every young person both inside and outside the school premises. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
At King Edward Primary School we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of every adult employed by, or invited to deliver services at, King Edward Primary School. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is an integral factor in the King Edward recruitment process and plays an essential part in creating a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults. Our Safer Recruitment policy forms an essential element of our safeguarding policies and procedures.
The King Edward Safeguarding Policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.
It will be achieved by:
• Creating a culture of safe recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.
• Educating students on how to keep safe and to recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.
• Identifying and making provision for any child that has been subject to abuse.
• Ensuring that members of the governing body, the Headteacher and staff members understand their responsibility, under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, to be alert to the signs of child abuse and to refer concerns to the designated safeguarding lead / team.
• Ensuring that the Headteacher and any new staff members and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.
• Work effectively with other agencies concerned with the safeguarding of children.
• Provide all staff with up to date training in child protection procedures.
• Keep the building and premises secure allowing only authorised access.
The school’s designated safeguarding lead is: Mrs Kerry Allsopp
The school’s Deputy Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Helen Barrett
King Edward defines safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children as:
• Protecting children from maltreatment
• Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
• Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:
Children’s and learners’ health and safety and well-being
• the use of reasonable force
• meeting the needs of children and learners with medical conditions
• providing first aid
• educational visits
• intimate care and emotional well-being
• online safety* and associated issues
• appropriate arrangements to ensure children’s and learners’ security, taking into account the local context.
*The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues.