St.Francis Catholic Primary School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 (Section 157 for Independent Schools and Academies) of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We also have a responsibility with regard to the Prevent Duty statutory guidance and the complimentary Department of Education Guidance held with this policy, and the Department of Health FGM Risk and Safeguarding Guidance for professionals.
“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child”, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.
Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at the school have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to Children’s Social Care. In relation to children, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. ‘Working together to safeguard children’