Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to achieve their best possible outcomes.
Fonthill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by
- The provision of a safe, resilient and robust safeguarding ethos in the school, built on mutual respect, and shared values in which children and young people can learn
- Fulfilling our statutory (legal) responsibilities to identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm
- Support children’s development in ways which will foster a sense of self-esteem and independence
All staff at Fonthill has a role and responsibility to safeguard children attending our school, irrespective of their role within the school by;
- Identifying concerns early and providing help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating to a point where intervention would be needed.
- Sharing appropriate information irrespective of whether this is reported by other children, members of the public, parents or relatives of children attending our school.
All action taken by Fonthill Primary School will be in accordance with:
- Current legislation: Children Act 1989 and 2004; Education Act 2002 and 2011 and Education and Inspection Act 2006
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), which sets out the multiagency working arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm; in addition it sets out the statutory roles and responsibilities of schools
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016) is statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education which all schools must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- The Teacher Standards 2012 state that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties
In addition the school follows specific guidance and advice provided by the Department for Education (DfE) in relation to the wider safeguarding agenda e.g. behaviour, health and safety, bullying, e-safety and medical needs