The Ecclesbourne School believes that every child has a right to lead a safe and healthy life be it in school or in the local community. School therefore works with students, their families and external agencies to fully prepare students with the skills they need to remain healthy and safe.
We believe that:
- All young people have the right to be protected from harm;
- Young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school;
- Young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;
- All young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs;
- All young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;
- All young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable young person will achieve better educationally;
- Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours; and
- All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Staff are vigilant and are confident in applying our safeguarding and Child Protection procedures to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our first priority is your child’s welfare and therefore there may be occasions when our concerns about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures we follow have been laid down by Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board. As a result we may also have to provide your child’s data to statutory bodies where it is considered necessary and within the appropriate legislative framework.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the Schools Designated Safeguarding Lead- Clarissa Ourabi.