Safeguarding in schools
“Schools and further education institutions have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils under the Education Act 2002. They should create and maintain a safe learning environment for children and young people, and identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate”
(Working Together To Safeguard Children 2010)
The council supports schools to fulfil their duty to safeguarding children in the following ways:
- offering advice on safeguarding issues
- delivering regular, single-agency training to schools’ Designated Senior Persons (DSPs) for safeguarding
- supporting DSPs in ensuring that regular safeguarding training is delivered to school staff
- delivering safeguarding training to school governors
- monitoring and reviewing schools’ safeguarding policies, safeguarding activity and attendance at training (including DSPs, governors and school staff)
Safeguarding children requires strong links with a number of areas, including elective home education, children missing education, travellers’ education and many others.
Inter-agency working is promoted, through strong links with health, police and social care, and through adherence to the guidelines and procedures laid out by the Warrington Safeguarding Children Board.