Safeguarding at Valentines






Safeguarding is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and/or development, ensuring that children grow up in 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.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.  In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals make sure their approach is child-centred.  This means that they consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.  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. 

Safeguarding encompasses the arrangements that are in place for all children.  Child protection refers to the policy and procedures for children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of harm. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education







What is the KCSIE Document?

The KCSIE Document is statutory guidance for schools, colleges and other institutes of education and is written by the Department of Education. It applies to all school staff as well as to governing bodies, management committees and proprietors. Every member of staff within a school must read at least part 1 of the guidance, as it sets out what legal duties must be followed to ensure the correct safeguarding and welfare of children under the age of 18.  You can read it here

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