Child Protection refers to the situation where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, and action is required to protect that child.
To this end, Sefton Park Schools follow the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' guidelines issued by the Department for Education (DfE), most recently updated in September 2016. This statutory document is guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The document should be read alongside the 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' guidance, issued in March 2015 by the DfE.
We also have our own Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Our school is dedicated to looking after all our children the best we possibly can. Safeguarding covers children’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing and is embedded in our school curriculum. In addition, the school takes part in the NSPCC’s ‘Speak out Stay Safe programme’ and we have timetabled assemblies on the theme of Safeguarding. A planned e-safety programme takes place and is regularly revisited. Anti-bullying is addressed in the curriculum and the school takes part in Anti-bullying week.
Part of our responsibility in Safeguarding is to work alongside agencies such as Educational Welfare and Social Care to ensure all pupils are kept safe and have the best possible start in life. This means that sometimes we are obliged to pass on concerns or information to these agencies. The school will always do this in consultation with parents unless to do so could put a child at risk of harm.
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The school, in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (July 2015), has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL); a senior member of staff who undertakes lead responsibility for safeguarding within the school.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Sefton Park is Rebecca Earnshaw, Inclusion Leader (pictured left). Maggie Smithson, Assistant Head, is Deputy DSL (pictured right).
As of 1 July 2015, all schools are required to comply with the Prevent Duty, as introduced by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The guidance is clear that the duty to prevent extremism and radicalisation is a safeguarding concern and should be broadly considered as such.
For more information about the Government’s Safeguarding Prevent Agenda, please look at the website Educate against Hate.
Please also refer to our Prevent Strategy for more information.