In England, the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe.
This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act, (1989) and (2004) and also in the Children and Families Act 2014. It also features in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (to which the UK is a signatory) and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in its document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (March 2015) and its ‘Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in an education setting’ (Oct 2015).
At Hailey Hall School, safeguarding means:
- Protecting students from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of pupils’ health or development
- Ensuring that pupils are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all pupils to have the best outcome
At Hailey Hall, we take Safeguarding seriously because we know it can have a huge impact on learning. With this in mind, we have policies in place for safeguarding and child protection in order to:
- Protect pupils from harm and abuse
- Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
We believe everybody is responsible for safeguarding and we take great pride in this work.
Keeping children safe in education – statutory guidance for schools and colleges September 2021