Our first priority is your child’s welfare and we will usually discuss any concerns we might have about your child with you. There might be occasions, however, when we have to provide information to or consult other agencies such as Children’s Services Social Care before we contact you. Our responsibility to do so is determined by Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Inter-Agency Child Protection Procedures, 2006. If you want to know more about these procedures, please speak to the Deputy Headteacher.
The school Child Protection policy is reviewed and updated regularly. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr. Ruston, to whom further enquiries can be made.
Lytchett Minster School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.
An agreed definition of safeguarding is: ‘All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies’ - Joint Chief Inspectors’ report 2002.
Promoting welfare involves ‘creating opportunities to enable children to have optimum life chances in adulthood’ – Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (Government guidance 2000).
The Governing Body will act in accordance with Section 175 (or Section 157, for Independent Schools) of the Education Act 2002 and the supporting statutory guidance ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ (2006), and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education (2014) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in this school.
All children have the right to be safeguarded from harm or exploitation whatever their
- race, religion, first language or ethnicity
- gender or sexuality
- health or disability
- political or immigration status
Governors, staff and volunteers in this school understand the importance of working in partnership with children, their parents/carers and other agencies in order to promote children’s welfare. The purpose of this approach is to:
- afford protection for the students at Lytchett Minster School
- enable staff and volunteers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- promote a culture which makes this school a safer place to learn
This applies to the Headteacher, all staff (including supply and peripatetic staff), volunteers, governors or anyone working on behalf of Lytchett Minster School.
We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- involving them in decisions which affect them
- making sure all staff and volunteers are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy and child protection procedures
- sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving children and their parents/carers appropriately
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- adopting a code of conduct for all staff and volunteers
- providing effective management through induction, support and training
- ensuring staff and volunteers understand about ‘whistle blowing’
- dealing appropriately with allegations/concerns about staff or volunteers, in accordance with Government guidance
Please click the button below to read our Child Protection Policy for 2014:
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