Our Safeguarding Ethos
The child’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff if they are worried or concerned about something.
‘Everyone’ who comes into contact with children and their families has a responsibility in safeguarding children. It is important for children to receive the ‘right help at the right time’ to address risks and prevent issues escalating. All staff are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.
At Crags Community School we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and how to keep themselves safe. These activities will include material that will encourage children to develop life skills and these will include PHSE activities regarding drugs, alcohol, growing up sessions and E-safety. Some key elements will be delivered by outside agencies.
At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).