Leadership Safeguarding Statement

The Principal, the Head teacher and Trustees recognise the importance of its ministry work with children and young people in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

The following statement was agreed by the Principal, Head Teacher and Trustees on 10th February 2012.  This School is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring their well-being.

Specifically:

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of its pupils and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy.  We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
  • All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of pupils, and staff, and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children.

We are committed to:

  • Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and good practice recommendations.
  • Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
  • Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
  • Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
  • Following any local authority guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults in need of protection.
  • Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinator/s in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/vulnerable adults.
  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this place of worship/organisation.
  • Supporting parents and families
  • Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and young people
  • Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.
  • Supporting all in the School affected by abuse.
  • Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.

We recognise:

  • Children’s Social Services (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.  Adult Social Care (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.
  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
  • Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate, and their procedures followed, and in addition, we will report concerns to our agency’s headquarters.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then speak to one of the following staff members who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for this place of worship/organisation:

  • Mrs Sandra Case – Designated Child Safeguarding Person/Head Teacher, Highfield Preschool
  • Mr Andy Reeves – Deputy Child Safeguarding Person
  • Mr Graham Cracknell – Safeguarding Trustee
  • Mr Clive Case – Principal, The King’s School

A copy of our safeguarding policy has been lodged with CCPAS.

Originally signed by David Crook, Chair of Trustees on 10th February 2012.

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