Welcome to our Safeguarding and Child Protection information. Our school value underpins a child centered approach to ensure all children are safe and happy in an environment that promotes mutual respect. Our school is committed to ensuring that children are safe, protected from all forms of abuse, neglect and radicalisation. The safety and well-being of the children is our highest priority.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Keeping Children Safe 2016 as:
• Everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
• No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
• Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
• Schools are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.
At Epinay School, all staff are trained to follow procedures and understand policies which have been outlined through the Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) publication and local guidance issued from South Tyneside LSCB. This includes when to make recommendations for children who will benefit from Early Help. The following roles have been appointed within school:
• Lynne Murphy Lead Designated Person;
• Chris Rue Deputy Designated Person;
• Kate Simpson E-safety lead;
• Ronice Jopling Multi Agency Key Worker.
Where we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we will take all appropriate action to address those concerns by working in full partnership with other agencies as outlined by the local authority and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) publication.
You can read our safeguarding policy along with other school policies and safeguarding websites via the links below:
You can also access South Tyneside Council’s Safeguarding Children Board via the link below:
Other information can also be found on the e-safety page