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Safeguarding / Policies 

St Bernadette’s is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them 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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Policies and documents

We work very closely with North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board who are responsible for the welfare of children in our local authority http://www.northtynesidelscb.org.uk/ and Northumbria Police as an OPERATION ENCOMPASS school. We also adhere to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (amended February 2017)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 
  • The Prevent Duty 2015

(All policies are attached below)

Parents

Working closely with parents is paramount in our aim to keeping children safe and preventing them from harm. Please see our PARENTS ADVICE section for National Agency support for parents around all safegaurding areas and our KEEPING SAFE ONLINE section.

If you have any concerns or further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Laura Fallon (Head Teacher and Designated Person for Child Protection), or Joanna Willits (Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection).