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Safeguarding in our Schools

by Michael Ford last modified 24 Jan, 2020 12:05 PM
The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount. We take seriously our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people. Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility.

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‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018), HM Government statutory guidance, defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • Ensuring that children grow 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.

The Board of Trustees and our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) will act in accordance with the statutory guidance and as such the requirements on it from Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019). The Board of Trustees and SLT has in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Therefore, the Board of Trustees has:

  • Appointed a senior member of the SLT as the professional lead for Safeguarding, with responsibility to oversee the implementation and management of policy.
  • Appointed a Trustee Member with the responsibility of overseeing of all safeguarding arrangements in the Board of Education.

Staff, consultants and volunteers and trustees in DBE understand the importance of taking appropriate action and working in partnership with children, their parents/carers and other agencies in order to safeguard children and promote their welfare.

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Afford protection for all pupils and young people
  • Enable staff, consultants, trustees and volunteers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Promote a culture which makes schools and parishes a safe place to learn and in which children feel safe

These policies and procedures are stored electronically within the DBE and are available by request from our offices.

Schools with safeguarding referrals or concerns should follow their local authority Safeguarding Procedures and national statutory guidance published in March 2015 (updated in Sept 2018): ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (2019).

Safeguarding concerns or questions in relation to the Church community should be referred to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

If you have a safeguarding concern or query as a Church school which it would be helpful to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the DBE-designated safeguarding lead:

  • The Professional Lead for Safeguarding is: Mandy Christopher, Assistant Director of Education, Salisbury Diocese Board of Education, Diocesan Education Centre, The Avenue, Wilton SP2 0FG Tel: 01749 746948
  • The Deputy Professional Lead for Safeguarding is: Lizzie Whitbread, Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, Diocesan Education Centre, The Avenue, Wilton SP2 0FG Tel: 07500 828184
  • The DBE Board Trustee with Responsibility for Safeguarding is Amanda Aze, Tel 01722 746944

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