What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about keeping people safe from harm. This includes protecting your right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.
Our school can safeguard children by:
- creating a safe environment for young people through robust safeguarding practices
- ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk to children
- making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
- teaching young people about staying safe
- maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
What are the signs of abuse and neglect?
There is no simple checklist for spotting signs of abuse or neglect, recognising the possible signs of is complex. Be aware of the possible indicators of abuse so that you can support someone if you are concerned.
You may become concerned about a person if you notice they:
- become quieter, withdrawn from activities, contact or communication.
- seem anxious
- become aggressive
- run away or go missing
- have lost weight or appear malnourished.
- seem to be struggling with money or have no money available.
- have cuts, bruises or injuries that can’t be explained.
- have changed behaviour.
- have changed sleeping patterns.
Beware, these are only possible indicators and do not confirm that a person is being abused or neglected. It is always better to do something if you are concerned about a person and to make sure that they are safe.
What do I do if I am concerned about someone?
You should start by talking to the person about your concerns.
- Let them know that you’ve noticed a change and that you’re concerned about them.
- Listen to them and remain calm, even if what you hear upsets you.
- Be patient – they may not want to talk at all or may be scared.
- Do not promise that you won’t tell anyone what you’ve heard, even if they ask you to. If the person is being harmed or neglected, it is important to seek help from others as soon as possible.
- Make it clear that they have a right to feel safe, and that what’s happening to them is wrong.
- You should then report your concerns and what you’ve been told to someone with responsibility for safeguarding.
Who to report your concerns to:
- At Safe Start, the teacher or Head Teacher, Rachel Pilling.
- Outside of our school, the person’s GP or another professional, such as their social worker, teacher, nurse or support worker.
- The local council’s Safeguarding Team.
- The police, if you think the person is at immediate risk.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
service.gov.uk/government/ uploads/system/uploads/ attachment_data/file/954314/ Keeping_children_safe_in_ education_2020_-_Update_-_ January_2021.pdf