Safeguarding Children & Child Protection

Safeguarding our children and young people is the responsibility of everyone and it is our number one priority.

The school has produced a Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policy based on the Government’s Department for Education guidelines and advice. Emphasis is placed upon protecting the child through established procedures that are known to all staff.

Staff have received regular training in the recognition of symptoms of abuse and in the procedures for the recording and reporting of incidents.

Thorough risk assessments and strong procedures ensure children are safe in school. Ofsted, 2016

The Head Teacher is the Designated Senior Lead member of staff responsible for the implementation of Child and Safeguarding Policy and Protection procedures.

There is also a named Governor and all members of the Senior Leadership Team are trained to be designated for child protection in the absence of the Head Teacher.

Where a child appears to demonstrate the outward signs of abuse, the Head Teacher is obliged to refer the matter to the Blackburn with Darwen’s Children’s Services Department.

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The school’s single central record of employment checks, carried out to verify the suitability of all adults who work at the school, is exemplary. Staff are well trained in child protection. Ofsted, 2016

For further information and advice please see:

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub - MASH

Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board - LSCB

Safeguarding Leads in school

‘The school recognises that effective safeguarding systems are those which put the child’s needs first and provide the child with a voice’. RRSA, June 2017

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Newfield School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority.

Full copies of Policies and Procedures related to all aspects of Safeguarding, and the Complaints Policy, are available on request from Rik Robinson, Head Teacher and Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Equality Duty

Newfield School complies with the general and specific duties of the Equality Act (2010). In accordance with the duty we publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard to the need to;

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

These specific duties have been considered in relation to all our policies and procedures in school. Our objectives will be reported on and published as part of the Governance public documents available for inspection under the Freedom of Information Regulations and Data Protection duties and in the school newsletter to parents.

Our Equality Objectives are set, reviewed and published annually in our School Development Plan.

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