What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18.
At Anderton Park School we are proud of our safeguarding ethos. We do not simply act on concerns – we promote all aspects of safeguarding. We are vigilant, we act, we challenge when we are unhappy with others’ decisions.
‘Think the unthinkable’ and ‘it could happen here’ are important phrases to us, and we are not afraid to ask questions or have difficult conversations to ensure that all of our children are safe.