Safeguarding means protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of people at risk, enabling them to live safely, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and reduce both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect. In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being.
Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. School's Child Protection Policy can be found here.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
At Seacroft Grange we have a preventative curriculum which supports children to understand things like healthy and appropriate relationships, keeping themselves online and knowing who to trust and who to report their concerns to.
At Seacroft Grange we have Designated Child Protection Officers (DCPOs) who are responsible for making sure that any concern raised by a child, or by an adult on behalf of that child, is dealt with properly to protect a child from harm. These actions might be speaking to the child, other children, parents or making contact with other agencies - for example Children's Social Work Services. Seacroft Grange's DCPOs are Mr Florey, Mr Petts, Mrs Cloke, Miss Johnson and Miss Wilson.
There are other ways to report concerns, abuse or speak to someone. Some of these ways are on this page.
You can use the 'Are you worried?' form for non-urgent concerns. This sends an email to all the DCPOs and they will support the child or family in any way that they can.
Below is a link to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection). If something happens online that makes you feel upset or uncomfortable then you can report this directly to the police through this link.
You can also report abuse via the NSPCC - the link to this is below.
ChildLine is a wonderful resource - and FREE - it is for children to use to talk about any of their concerns.
We know that we have a school in which children feel safe and secure. We want our children and families to talk to us if they have a concern but they may prefer to report or get advice anonymously. Hopefully these resources are supportive.
Report Sexual Abuse in Education helpline
NSPCC have launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance, including for non-recent abuse. Call our NSPCC helpine, Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email email@example.com.