'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: 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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.' KCSIE 2018
Birchwood Junior School’s Commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection
At Birchwood Junior School, we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment. Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them.
For more information, please see our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy below.Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy A Parents' Guide to PREVENTing Extremism and Radicalisation Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sep 2020) Working Together To Safeguard Children
Communication with Parents
Our school will always discuss concerns with parents/carers and consent for any referrals should be sought unless to do so would:
▸ Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm.
▸ Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm.
▸ Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children’s social care or the police.
The school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.
In the interests of safeguarding children there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parent or carer’s prior knowledge. Our first concern and responsibility is the child’s welfare and we have a duty to protect children first and always. Our school will follow the procedures required by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Child safety issues and child protection will be addressed through the curriculum where appropriate, especially through Computing and E-Safety, RSHE, Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and British Values.
We use a variety of resources and approaches to teach the children how to keep themselves safe, build their resilience and manage risks.
Safeguarding Contacts in School
We have designated people in school who look after safeguarding. They are available to discuss any concerns or worries you may have regarding safeguarding.