Learning For Life
Why is child protection important?
All children have a right to protection against abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence and many organisations have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. A successful approach requires multi-agency collaboration and a recognition of child wellbeing at the heart of what we do.
What is the difference between child protection and safeguarding?
Safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, is a broader term than child protection. It encompasses protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children's health or development, and ensures children grow up in safe circumstances.
Child protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
Child Protection and Safeguarding are a priority to everyone at Market Field School. If it is felt that any child is at risk in anyway the Designated Senior Leads will take the necessary action. Our DSL is Mr Gary Smith and the Deputy DSL is Mrs Ruth Whitehead. If you have any worries or concerns that a child is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed, or if you receive a disclosure then please contact, Gary, Ruth or any other adult within the academy who will report your concern. All DSLs have up to date training and it is their duty to take necessary action depending upon the information shared with them.
At Market Field School our first priority is always the child and their welfare is paramount to us. On rare occasions when a child is at risk it may be necessary to consult with other agencies prior to contacting parents.
The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board. All members of staff have had Level 2 Safeguarding training. staff are required to read and sign for all necessary policies related to safeguarding. All staff have read and signed for the latest document related to child protection - Keeping Children Safe - September 2016 .
Please feel reassured that confidentiality at all times is imperative . Any information shared will be treated sensitively and with confidentiality.
Ruth Whitehead is our Home Office accredited Prevent Trainer. All staff are up to date with the latest Prevent Training.