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Safeguarding

Keeping our children safe is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously.  We believe that we have systems in place that enable us to do this consistently, expanding our own knowledge and processes in line with Government guidelines (for example by incorporating advice to prevent extremism and radicalisation – the PREVENT duty) to ensure that staff are always aware of any child who may not be safe and that they know what to do in this situation.

To achieve this, we use a safeguarding policy that makes explicitly clear to staff the actions that need to be taken should they have any concerns about children.  This is supported by regular, updated continuous professional development for all staff.   As a school, we check the background of all employees and volunteers through DBS checks to ensure that there is as little risk as possible to our children.

Visitors to the school have to complete a visitor book: the benefits of this are that we have visitor details and  bespoke badges so that everyone knows a visitor has been registered.  It helps safeguard everyone in school, even the visitor, as it makes our register of who is in school complete – essential if the school has to be evacuated.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy can be found below:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Paper copies of all our policies are available on request, for free, from the school office.

Our safeguarding policy is designed to bring together lots of different aspects of safeguarding and child protection.  In practice, it draws on many sources of information, some of which are included below for a  more detailed view.

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Information Sharing – Advice for Safeguarding Practitioners

Supporting children at school with medical conditions

Prevent duty advice 2015

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

Working together to safeguard children

Dfe Health and Safety Advice

Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 – Dfe guidance

Essex LADO information leaflet

Bardfield Academy E-Safety Policy