Safeguarding at Swanwick Hall

Safeguarding at Swanwick Hall School

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Safeguarding Children and Adults

This is adapted from the school’s Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Policy.

Introduction

Swanwick Hall School recognises its legal duty to safeguard and protect students from abuse as defined in the Children Act 2004 and section 175 of the Education Act 2002. The overall intention and purpose behind the school’s safeguarding policy is underpinned by the fundamental principle of the 1989 Children Act:

‘the welfare of the child is the paramount concern’

Our school takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all children. We recognise that effective child protection requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

What Is Safeguarding?

*From the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children Document’*

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in school refers to the process of protecting children from abuse and neglect as well as helping children to develop socially and emotionally and enabling these children to have optimum life chances ready to enter adulthood successfully.

Derbyshire County Council Safeguarding

The Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) is a multi agency forum which ensures that children and young people throughout Derbyshire are kept safe and have their needs met.     

Key Personnel in Child Protection and Safeguarding

Safeguarding is led and promoted by the Headteacher and the Deputy Headteacher.

Shane Worrall (Deputy Head/Designated Safeguarding Lead) – 01773 602106 for issues re students

Helen Vladimirovs (Deputy Safeguarding Lead) – 01773 602106 for issues re. students

Shane Worrall (Deputy Headteacher) - 01773 602106 (for issues re staff)

Concerns about a staff member or volunteer, should be reported to the Head Teacher. If the concern is about the Head Teacher, it should be reported to:

Mrs Gillian Bradley - Chair of Governors/Nominated Safeguarding Governor

Recruitment of Staff

When recruiting new members of staff the school follows the guidance provided in the Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment in Education. The school ensures that DBS checks are undertaken, that references are taken up and obtained and that qualifications are verified.

safety on site

The school ensures that:

Visitors must only enter through the top main entrance and must sign in at the main visitor reception. They will be given a photo visitor’s badge on entry. When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our school they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place. They will be given a copy of the Guidance Leaflet for Visitors which provides a brief summary of the procedure and identifies key personnel. They will also be made aware of the school's Safeguarding Policy.

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