In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe. This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act, (1989) and (2004). It also features in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (to which the UK is a signatory) and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in its document Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2013.
At the academy, safeguarding means:
- protecting students from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of students’ health or development
- ensuring that students are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- taking action to enable all students to have the best outcome
We take Safeguarding seriously because we know it can have a huge impact on learning. With this in mind, we have policies and procedures in place for safeguarding and child protection in order to:
- protect students from harm and abuse
- enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
We feel everybody is responsible for safeguarding and we take great pride in this work.