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Safeguarding at our school

The Cliffe Woods Academy Trust is committed to the wellbeing and safety of it's children and parents. All our staff and volunteers are safeguarding trained and partake in regular refresher courses to ensure their knowledge is up to date. 

If you become aware of any signs of abuse or neglect with one of our pupils, please notify the Designated Child Protection Officer or one of the Deputy Designated Child Protection Officers.

Mrs Donnelly Mrs Mauldon Mrs Nott
Headteacher Deputy Head Teacher Head of KS2
Designated Child Protection Officer Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer

Safeguarding Vs Child Protection

When talking about the welfare of children you will often hear the terms safeguarding and child protection being used. It's easy to believe they are the same thing, but there is a difference.

We have both a legal and moral duty to protect all children from physical and mental harm. Either through policies or procedures we try to ensure things like providing a safe and friendly environment with well trained staff, or providing lessons that empower them with the knowledge to protect or help themselves, such as online safety.

Child protection is the actions we take when we consider a child to be vulnerable or in danger.

Safeguarding is the term that links everything we do to protect children, and child protection is just one of those links.

Our Polices

We have many polices that help form our safeguarding of children, including bullying, anti-radicalisation and online safety. All of these plus our child protection and safeguarding policy can be found here on our policies page.

Advice for Parents

As parents we have a duty to provide the best care and support for our children. Their physical and mental welfare, along with education are important factors in their development.
But there are times when we all need advice or support with issues that arise, so below are some links with useful information.

Medway Safeguarding Children Board  - A collective resource for those in Medway providing information, advice and guidance for children, young people, parents and carers.
Thinkuknow  - An education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
NSPCC  The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection. 
Young Minds  UK's leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
BBC's Own It  - Advice and information about being safe online.
Gov.co.uk Gang Advice  - UK Government site for advice on gangs.