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Keeping Safe

"Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. 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 2016

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children* from deliberate harm, it is:

  • 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;
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
*Children includes everyone under the age of 18.

For more information regarding the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment, please visit the relevant page on the government website found here.