What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- 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.
Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18. School staff play an essential role in protecting children from abuse because they have regular contact with children and young people and so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.
At Bugbrooke Community Primary School we aim to:
- Create a safe environment for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
- Ensure that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children
- Make sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
- Teach children and young people about staying safe
- Maintain an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem
You can find our Safeguarding Policy on our School Policies page.
The welfare and safety of children is paramount. If you have concerns about a child's welfare or safety please tell someone. Mrs Rebecca Birch is our Safeguarding Lead and Mrs Wendy Watts, Mrs Sarah Buettner and Miss Sarah Jones are our Deputy Designated Senior Persons for Safeguarding.
If a child is in immediate danger, left alone or missing, you should contact the police directly and/or an ambulance using 999.
Children’s Services—Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 126 1000
NSPCC - www.nspcc.org.uk 0808 800 5000
Childline - www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - www.ceop.police.uk 0870 000 3344
24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247