Safeguarding children is the responsibility of everyone.
At St Simon's, we take the safeguarding of your children very seriously.
As such all the staff in our school have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This duty is placed upon school by Section 175 of the Education Act 2002.
Our Safeguarding lead is Mrs Crisp (Headteacher). In her absence, any issues can be raised and dealt with by Mrs Clarke (Deputy Headteacher).
What does safeguarding actually mean?
Safeguarding is a term which relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and is defined as:
• protecting children from maltreatment
• preventing impairment of children’s health and development
• ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
As a school, we always act in our pupil’s best interests and ensure we take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to them. Having safeguards in place within the school not only protects and promotes the welfare of children, but also enhances the confidence of staff, volunteers, governors, and parents/carers.
If we are concerned that a child may be at risk from significant harm (abuse) or is being abused, school is required to refer their concerns onto Social Care and the police if necessary. In some circumstances this may happen without the consent or knowledge of parents/carers.
If you have any safeguarding issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.