The James Hornsby School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in its care. “The welfare of the child is paramount” (the Children Act 1989).
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a statutory responsibility on the governing body to have policies and procedures in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are pupils of the school.
There are three main elements to our Child Protection policy:
- Prevention through the creation of a positive school atmosphere and the teaching, and pastoral support offered to pupils.
- Protection by following agreed procedures and ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns.
- Support to pupils who may have been abused.
Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interest of the child. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools should work with Social Care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
The development of appropriate procedures and the monitoring of good practice are the responsibilities of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB, 2016)
In Essex, all professionals must work in accordance with the SET Procedures (ESCB, 2016)
Our school also works in accordance with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DfE, September 2016), ‘Working Together’ (DfE, 2015) and ‘Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex (ESCB, 2015)
Underpinning the work of The James Hornsby School’s safeguarding processes are the following materials which outline the statutory requirements and local authority procedures.
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy updated 2017 (HERE)
Prevent Duty Guidance (HERE)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (HERE)
Child Sexual Exploitation – Information for Parents (HERE)
Child Sexual Exploitation – Essex Police Video (HERE)
Child Sexual Exploitation – Information from Essex Police (HERE)
Educate Against Hate (HERE)
Ceop – http://ceop.police.uk/
Keeping children safe on-line, a guide for parents – www.net-aware.org.uk/
Victim Support – 0300 303 0165.
Keeping children safe in education (HERE)
Please find download links to all relevant information on the right-hand side as well: