At The Cedars Primary School we recognize that for children, high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps prevent the chances of their being abused. Our school will therefore aim to:
- ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
- raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe
- develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
- support pupils who have been abused in accordance with the agreed child protection plan
- establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty.
- include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse
- include in the curriculum material which will help children develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life – where appropriate for the age of the child.
- ensure that wherever possible every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
'It may be helpful to parents to know that the Local Authority requires schools to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse - which includes non- accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that when there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that schools risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the school was acting in what were believed to be the child's best interests.'
The Designated SAFEGUARDING LEAD for Child Protection at The Cedars Primary School is Mr G WINTERS (Headteacher)
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