At Morgans we believe the safeguarding of our pupils is vitally important and is the key to our success as a caring, community school.
“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.” Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.
All schools have a clear responsibility placed on them by the Children Act 1989, and by guidance from the DfE to safeguard the welfare of their pupils. In doing so, schools are expected to consult with the Children, Schools & Family Service if they believe there is a possibility that a child may be suffering from abuse or neglect.
A referral to the Children, Schools & Family Service is not intended to be an accusation of any particular action or against any particular person. It is the reporting of concerns which have come to the school’s attention. This in accordance with Hertfordshire Child Protection Procedures. Morgans School has a Child Protection Policy and a copy of Hertfordshire Child Protection Procedures, both of which are available for parents/ carers to see.
The designated members of staff for child protection are the Head Teacher Mrs Alis Rocca and the Early Years Leader Mrs Sam Smith. They will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns parents/carers may have about child protection practice.
Our Mission statement which can be found in our Child Protection Policy explains that at Morgans we strive to:
Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to when they have a worry or concern.
Establish and maintain an environment where school staff and volunteers feel safe, are encouraged to talk and are listened to when they have concerns about the safety and well being of a child.
Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
Ensure that children who have been abused will be supported in line with a child protection plan, where deemed necessary.
Include opportunities in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Contribute to the five outcomes which are key to children’s wellbeing:
enjoy and achieve
make a positive contribution
achieve economic wellbeing.
Consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child.
At Morgans we understand the importance of working within the local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements that are in place in our area (for more details on this contact the SENCo or the Head Teacher).
As such we are guided by the following key principles:
children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect;
safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility;
it is better to help children as early as possible, before issues escalate and become more damaging;
children and families are best supported and protected when there is a coordinated response from all relevant agencies.