Abbot Beyne School recognises its legal duty under s175 Education Act 2002 (section 157 in relation to independent schools and academies) and the 1989 Children Act and takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all children.

The school recognises that effective child protection work requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations.

This procedures document provides the basis for good practice within the school for Child Protection work. It should be read in conjunction with Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board Inter-Agency Child Protection Policies and Procedures. These are in keeping with relevant national procedures and reflect what Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board considers to be safe and professional practice in this context. Child Protection has to be considered within professionals’ wider “safeguarding” responsibilities that include a duty to co-operate under the Children Act 2004. Within the context of Every Child Matters, this takes account of the need for children “being healthy and staying safe”.

These procedures aim to provide a framework which ensures that all practice in the area of child protection is consistent with stated values and procedures that underpin all work with children and young people. This document also seeks to make the professional responsibilities clear to all staff (teaching and non teaching) governors and volunteers, temporary and supply staff to ensure that statutory and other duties are met in accordance with Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board requirements and procedures.

This Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed annually by the governing body.

Safeguarding Policy June 2014