- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need to be safe and to feel safe in school
- Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
- All children have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs
- All children must be encouraged to respect each other's values and support each other
- All children have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs - a happy healthy sociable child will achieve better educationally
- Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, radicalisation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours
- All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
Bridge Farm Primary School continues to treat safeguarding as a high priority to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all children, staff and visitors is given due consideration.
The Single Central Record (SCR) is a document maintained by the school to demonstrate that staff have undergone appropriate recruitment and police checks. The SCR is updated as and when new staff are recruited and when they leave their service at Bridge Farm Primary. Governors, volunteers and regular visitors to the school are also recorded on the SCR.
Visitors to the school are required to sign in at the main reception area and are issued with a visitors badge and safeguarding information leaflet. Visitors who do not have appropriate DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) clearance will not have sole access to children.
Child Protection training is provided regularly for existing staff and forms part of the induction process for all newly appointed staff. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) attends briefings and forums organised by the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to receive up to date local information about child protection and safeguarding issues. The DSL also attends training and conferences provided by experts in the field including the NSPCC and the DfE.
All staff are familar with the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document which forms the basis of our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy. The full document can be accessed by clicking here. You may also wish to view the current Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.
Please see our policies page for Bridge Farm Primary's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. This was updated in September 2018 in line with revisions to the Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.
Parents can also access information to support their children and families via these websites: