What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- 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.
Schools play an essential role in protecting children from abuse. They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.
School can safeguard children by:
- creating safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
- ensuring that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk to children
- making sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
- teaching children and young people about staying safe
- maintaining an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Every school is required to have a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Our named person is: Mrs V Kinsella.
Life can sometimes be tricky, and it can make you feel sad, lonely, worried, nervous, angry – or any of a number of other difficult emotions. This can happen to anyone at any time for any reason.
At James Cambell, we recognise that it is ok to be worried about things and we want to help children with any worries they have. Often the more you talk about a worry the smaller it will get.
What is a Worry Box?
A ‘Worry Box’ is a tool that will provide pupils with the opportunity to let the school, teachers and peers know how they are feeling. It is a box or monster for the children to post their worries.
Each class in key stage 1 has been allocated a worry monster and in key stage 2 each class has been allocated a worry box.
The children can write down or draw their worry, they can do this anonymously or add their name. The children then post their worry into the box.
How will the Worry Box work?
Teachers will look at the boxes and can help the children by speaking quietly to them and talking through their worry. If the worry is anonymous the teacher will initiate a class discussion on that worry to help give strategies and ideas on how to deal with the situation.
Once the worry has been sorted you can throw it away!
More Information on Child Protection and Safeguarding can be found in our policy :