SAFEGUARDING

What is Safeguarding?

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
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

If you are worried about the safety of a child

Who do I contact if I have a Safeguarding concern about a child at Georgian Gardens?
 
Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding: Mrs Vivien Stevens, Interim Headteacher
 
Deputy Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding: Mrs Claire Lewis, Assistant Headteacher Inclusion/SENCO
 
Georgian Gardens also has a Safeguarding Team who can respond to concerns and give advice:
 
Mr Elliott Crook, Assistant Headteacher, Teaching, Learning and Assessment 
Mrs Karen Wallace, School Business Manager (Safer Recruiting)
Ms Claire Lewry, Family Support Manager
Ms Gina Watts, Learning and Behaviour Mentor
 

Who else can I contact?

If you think a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

If you think a child is being abused or neglected please contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). You can contact the MASH during office hours on the details below:

Tel: 01403 229 900

Email: MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk

The out of office hours (5pm – 8am weekdays) and 24-hour emergency number on weekends and bank holidays is 0330 222 6664 or email MASH@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk ensuring that you put in the subject box: ALERT FOR EDT

When you contact the MASH please give as much information as possible about the child you are concerned about. This will help the MASH decide the best way to respond to your concern. The information you give will be kept confidential. You can remain anonymous but it is helpful if you can give your name and details.

NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline - 0800 028 0285

 

What is Child Protection?

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. 

Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information 

From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. 

E-Safety 

Georgian Gardens recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. To find out more please read our E-Safey policy below. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016 

Please see below for access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance affirms (page 6) that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:

  • The Child Protection Policy
  • The Staff Behaviour Policy (Sometimes called the Code of Conduct); and 
  • The role of the Safeguarding Lead (See Annex B/Page 58) 

It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (Have to read at least Part 1) and provide consent that they have done so (A register exists to determine this).

Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply. 

The Prevent Duty 

See below to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE).   Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information. Staff have been completing a series of online training modules - A register exists to determine which staff have completed the training. 

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