The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work at Churchill School. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school. The atmosphere within our school is one that encourages all children to do their best. We provide opportunities that enable our children to take and make decisions for themselves.
At Churchill School our teaching of RSHE (Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education), as part of the Curriculum, helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise risks in different situations and how to behave in response to them.
Our Safeguarding Policy ensures that all staff in our school, including non-teaching staff, are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue. Its aims are:
to raise the awareness of all staff and identify responsibility in reporting possible cases of abuse;
to ensure effective communication between all staff when dealing with child protection issues;
to lay down the correct procedures for those who encounter an issue of child protection.
The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and Team Around the Child (TAC) enables families and the school to refer themselves for support. The referral is discussed by a panel of professionals who determine, with school and the family, what the most beneficial support would be. The support could involve Health, Social Care services or a variety of other agencies.
If you are worried about any child in our school and think that they may be the victim of neglect, abuse or cruelty, then please speak to those responsible for Safeguarding.
Working in partnership
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership, and Unity Schools Partnership has adopted a Safeguarding Policy in line with this for the safety of all.
Our process and protocols for safeguarding children ensure that we meet the expectations outlined by the Department for Education in their ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance.