The difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection
|Safeguarding applies to all children and young people.|
|Child Protection applies to children who have/are experiencing abuse in their lives.|
Safeguarding and Child Protection is about managing risk.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. (Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019)
Safeguarding is what we do for all children and young people to keep them safe whilst in our care. Child Protection describes the policy and procedures specifically for those young people who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed.
Safeguarding starts as soon as children enter the school and aims to ensure that all our staff are well trained and know how to behave appropriately. Our staff and volunteers go through all safeguarding checks on successful appointments to the school. When staff have concerns they know who to speak to and understand the next steps that will take place.
United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. The following Articles apply to Safeguarding:
|Article 3 : My best interests||Article 25 : Review of my treatment if I’m in care|
|Article 6 : My survival and development||Article 27 : An adequate standard of living|
|Article 9 : To live with my parents||Article 33 : Protection from drugs|
|Article 18 : To be raised by my parents if possible||Article 34 : Protection from sexual exploitation|
|Article 19 : Protection from harm||Article 36 : Protection from exploitation|
|Article 20 : Special care and help if I can’t be raised with my parents||Article 39 : Help if I’ve been hurt, neglected or mistreated|
|Article 21 : Care and adoption if I’m in foster care|
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
From Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2021
At Pippins we treat safeguarding as our highest priority, ensuring that all children in our care are safe and secure at all times. We work with parents, the Local Authority and other professionals to maintain children's safety. All members of staff are responsible for safeguarding but in addition we have a number of people with designated safeguarding responsibilities.
Mrs Julie Matton
Mr M Jalaf
Mrs Sara Doherty
Staff with designated responsibilities for safeguarding undertake regular specialist training. All staff members and anyone who volunteers with us regularly, undertakes training in child protection, this is refreshed yearly. We also undertake comprehensive background checks on all staff and any volunteers.