Safeguarding, safety and promoting the welfare of children is the highest priority for Badsey First School:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing the 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 outcomes
There are a number of legal frameworks and definitions of safeguarding which can be found in the GLA Safeguarding Policy and Badsey Safeguarding Handbook.
Safeguarding is about more than Child Protection. The latter is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect. It includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimizing the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns.
We maintain a culture of 'it could happen here' at Badsey - communication and training around safeguarding is our number one priority. All staff undertake whole school Child Protection training at least every three years. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mr Jon Moss) and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Amanda Charnley) also update their knowledge through attending regular revision training led by the GSCB or Worcestershire Children First. Designated Safeguarding Leads have updated Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) training and safer recruitment training is also completed by all relevant personnel. All staff are held to account around Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance and Safer Working Practices guidance.
Regular staff meetings will address current concerns and this ensures staff can assess risk and respond to this in a timely manner. Annually, we complete a Section 175 safeguarding audit for Worcestershire County Council that has an action plan. This acts as a tool for our own quality assurance and ensures safeguarding concerns remain of primacy at our schools
With this in mind, the school will provide a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by our ‘Badsey Bes’ values; used to model and articulate British values, linked to our robust PSHCE curriculum which will be developed in relation to our own context.
Please click here to read the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance Safeguarding Annex relevant to the 2020 Covid19 Coronavirus pandemic and related school closures
For further information on Safeguarding at Badsey, please refer to the following documents: