St George’s Weybridge fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. This statement is in conjunction with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy applies to all staff, Governors and volunteers working in the school. There are five main elements to our policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Our Safeguarding Policy is in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016), Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department for Education 2015), the government's Prevent Duty Guidance (2015).