What is safeguarding?
Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:
• 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
What are schools expected to do?
Schools must comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education – to view please click here . This means, for example:
What does safeguarding look like in our school?
Abuse – abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – a certificate of checks carried out on those working with children and vulnerable people. Those who work regularly with children require a more in-depth DBS check
Safer recruitment – recruiting staff using thorough checks on their suitability to work with children, including the right to work in the UK, and mental and physical fitness to carry out their responsibilities
If you are worried about the safety of a child then, in the first instance, you should phone the Manchester Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001 and speak to a Contact Officer. Please also see our section on how to report a concern.
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