COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN FROM HARM
The Education Centre is committed to safeguarding the children in our care and to providing a safe environment in which they can play, learn and develop.
Our policy applies to all paid staff, volunteers, committee/ board members and students on work placement within our organisation.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
We firmly believe that the welfare of the children attending The Education Centre is paramount. We are committed to child-centred practice in all our work with children. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
We use CPOMS, a leading software application to monitor/record all child protection, safeguarding, pastoral and welfare issues.
We have National Online Safety (NOS) accreditation. This provides us with specialist online training for staff, and provide comprehensive resources which enables us to implement an effective approach to online safety. It has been designed to meet the statutory online safety safeguarding duties outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018 guidance.
For Current Safeguarding/Child welfare training material, statutory guidance, staff/parent/carer/policy updates, and Resources.
We are registered with/use
- Internet Matters
- Ofsted Online
- National Online Safety
- PHSE Association
- UKSIC (UK Safer Internet Centre)
- DFE (Department for Education)
- Disrespect Nobody
- Think You Know
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
These agencies may include
- Local authority’s
- Family support workers
- Social services
- MASH (Multi-Agency Support Hub)
- Community Support
- CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
We are committed to upholding the rights of every child and young person who attends our service, including the rights to be kept safe and protected from harm, listened to, and heard.
We will review our child safeguarding statement and accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures every year, or sooner if necessary, due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
DSL: Mark Gill (Principal)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy DSL: Melanie Robinson (Assistant Principal)