This school takes its responsibility to safeguard children extremely seriously and our school will train and empower all staff to recognise and respond effectively in order to protect a child who may be at risk of significant harm. Safeguarding remains central to all that we do.
We will ensure all staff members and other members of our school community will maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ and feel able to raise concerns either about a child at risk or a member of staff whose behaviour may present a risk to a child.
Our School will;
Support the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence;
Provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued, respected, feel confident and know how to approach adults if they may be worried;
Provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure we, the school, contribute to assessments of need and support packages for those children.
Emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff and between the school and other agencies;
Have and regularly review, a structured procedure within the school which will be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse;
Develop and promote effective working relationships with other agencies, especially the Police and Children’s Social Care;
Ensure that when we recruit staff and check their suitability it is in accordance with Part 3 of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2018 version.
Have in place, other, up to date policies which support safeguarding, please refer to Annexe 1 of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (September 2018 version).
Embed Safeguarding into our curriculum to enable us to teach our children at every opportunity how to keep themselves safe.
The vision for the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership is to develop “an assured Safeguarding Partnership, which collectively engages with children and their families, enabling them to thrive.”
Working in the local community we have the opportunity to shape our multi-agency safeguarding arrangements to continue to improve our services to children, young people and their families. It is clear from recent local developments that a strong and purposeful multi-agency approach to child protection is essential to drive swift and sustainable improvements to practice in key areas of child abuse, such as neglect.
Anyone who has any concerns about a child can contact The Integrated Front Door directly.
If you have shared a concern with someone listed above other than the school, please inform a member of the School Safeguarding Team as soon as possible, to ensure that the school is aware of any concerns regarding children that attend Fittleworth Village School.