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 Safeguarding Lead or one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
|Miss Selmi||Miss Eakins|
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Miss Bahia||Miss Stoner|
|Class Teacher||Pastoral Leader|
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead|
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.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) as:
• protecting children from maltreatment;
• preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical 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 outcomes.
It is everyone who comes into contact with families and children's responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
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.
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.|
For links specifically related to Mental Health, please visit the Mental Health tab under the Healthy Living section.