SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL AND GOVERNORS. 2008/2009. Introduction. Fred and Rosemary West Lauren Wright Lord Laming’s Report on the Inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie Feb 2003 Every Child Matters – Green Paper Feb 2003 The Soham murders – Bichard Report 2004
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These are examples of key incidents and reports which have heightened awareness that all organisations need cultures and systems which protect children
“We have to do more both to protect children and ensure each child fulfils their potential. Security and opportunity must go hand in hand.”
To provide Governors with an opportunity to learn about their role and responsibilities in relation to child protection, in the context of the school’s general duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are pupils
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
….and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have the optimum life chances such that they enter adulthood successfully
. SAFEGUARDING .
“Duties of LAs and governing bodies in relation to the welfare of children…..
….The governing body of a maintained school shall make arrangements for ensuring that their functions relating to the conduct of the school are exercised with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school.”
“New arrangements should be introduced requiring those who wish to work with children, or vulnerable adults, to be registered. The register would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these client groups.”
Duties and responsibilities under regulated activity, where an organisation is providing the activity:
A barred individual must not undertake regulated activity.
The Criminal Records Bureau will:
The guidance provides details about these responsibilities. The enhanced expectation is clear.
Schools must take into account the need to minimise risk of harm and where there are concerns must act to remedy these.
Anti Bullying Policies
Managing Allegations Against Staff
Safe Built Environment
Health and Safety
Safe Recruitment and Selection
They must ensure that the school;
Additionally, confidential or hypothetical advice will be given by LA/EWS/CYPS
“The best safeguard is an
environment of overall