What does Safeguarding mean in a school?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: 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. Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation apply to all children up to the age of 18.
What does Child Protection mean?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding approach, including the WLT Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website and is also included below.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents and carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
Who has Safeguarding responsibilities within the school?
At East Brent C of E Academy Mrs Katie Whiting is the Designated Safeguarding Lead with Mrs Catherine Cowlin and Mrs Bev Tweedie being the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. The Safeguarding Governor is Keela Shackell-Smith.
if you have any concerns or queries regarding a child at the school, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01278 760490 or email the school office. You will be directed to a member of staff who will be more than happy to support or advise you.
Below are some key contact points.
Social Care Referral and Assessment Team
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6pm
Emergency Duty Team
Outside office hours
Local Authority Designated Officer - LADO