According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at Riverside School.
Riverside School's safeguarding policies provide clear direction to everyone about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. They make explicit the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.
There are four main aims to our Child Protection Policy:
- Prevention: by creating a positive school atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to pupils;
- Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns;
- Support: by providing support for pupils and school staff.
- Collaboration: with children & young people, parents, and partner agencies to promote safeguarding and wellbeing for all our children and young people.
These policies apply to all who come into contact with children and young people at Riverside School.
If in doubt, anyone with concerns should seek advice from the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Tracey Millar or DDSLs, Andrew Hall, Fiona Blyth or Martin Cox.