John F Kennedy Special School Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, Sep 2018)
No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action. The document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and the supplementary advice must be read in conjunction with this policy. This defines safeguarding 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 have the best outcomes.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following school policies: Online Safety Policy; First Aid Policy; Positive Handling and/or Physical Contact Policy; Safer Recruitment Policy; Staff Code of Conduct; and Whistleblowing Policy.
The school takes seriously its responsibility under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are in place within our learning community to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Act 1989 and 2004, and related guidance. This includes:
There is a full list of documents providing Additional Advice and Support on p.86-87 of KCSIE 2018.
There are three main elements to our Safeguarding Policy:
By ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of all staff and volunteers who work with children
Through establishing and maintaining a safe and positive environment and the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils
By raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe
By following agreed procedures and ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns
By supporting pupils who have/may have been abused or neglected (in line with his/her Child Protection Plan if appropriate)
The school recognises it is an agent of referral and not of investigation.