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Safeguarding: Are you covering all bases?

Creating and maintaining a culture of safety is a priority for all primary schools. National Leader of Education and headteacher Helen Frostick advises on preparing and embedding effective practices and satisfying Ofsted requirements

What is safeguarding? It is protecting children from maltreatment. It is preventing impairment of children’s health or development. It is ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. It is taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Designating areas of responsibility to ensure that safeguarding practices in schools are understood and followed indicates to Ofsted that keeping children safe in and out of school is a top priority of the school.

Communication: In order to create a culture of safety in schools everybody must buy in to the desire to keep every child safe. Everybody is accountable. How this message is communicated is vitally important. Displays in key places focus attention. In the main school entrance display photographs of the named safeguarding team. In the staffroom display key policies and procedures alongside the photographs of the team. In the medical room display photographs of pupils with medical needs including allergies, with the timetable of first aiders. On classroom notice boards display the photographs of the pupils in the class who have medical needs.

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