Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility and at Gainsborough we take safeguarding very seriously.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively we consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child.
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. Through our day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff take notice of indicators of possible abuse or neglect and refer them to Children’s Services (in Cheshire East or in neighbouring authorities dependent upon the child’s area of residence). We recognise that we form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This responsibility also means that we are aware of the behaviour of staff in the school; we maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
In our school we ensure that:
- All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, are treated equally and have equal rights to protection
- All staff act on concerns or disclosures that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
- Pupils and staff involved in safeguarding issues receive appropriate support.
- Staff adhere to a Code of Conduct and understand what to do in the event of any allegations against any adult working in the setting
- All staff are aware of Early Help and ensure that relevant assessments and referrals take place.
- All staff are aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label; they recognise that, in most cases, multiple issues will overlap with one another
Our safeguarding policy is available on our school website in the 'policies' section and printed copies of this document are available to parents upon request. The policy is provided to all staff (including temporary staff and volunteers) at induction; alongside our Staff Code of Conduct.
In addition, all staff are provided with Part One of the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, DfE (Updated 2021) and are required to sign to indicate that they have read and understood it. The Designated Lead is able to support all staff in understanding their responsibilities and implementing it in their practice.
At Gainsborough we work very closely with Cheshire East Safegaurding Children's Partnership along with other local agencies to co-operate in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The Governing Board also play a vital role in ensuring safeguarding remains a priority in school at all times.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Nurse
Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Appleby and Miss Woolley
If you need any safeguarding advice or have a concern about a child, you can contact the Cheshire East Children's Consultation Service (ChECS) which is the 'front door' for access to services, support and advice for children and their families. They can be contacted on 0300 123 5012 and pressing Option 3.
If you need to contact someone out of hours and you believe it to be an emergency that cannot wait, then contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 5022.