Safeguarding, safety and promoting the welfare of children is the highest priority for Rowanfield Infant School:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
There are a number of legal frameworks and definitions of safeguarding which can be found in the GLA Safeguarding Policy and Rowanfield Infant School Safeguarding Handbook.
Safeguarding is about more than Child Protection. The latter is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect. It includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimizing the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns.
All staff are trained at least three times a year through staff meetings, training events and through regular updates. All staff undertake whole school training by the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board every two years. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss Swan) and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Williams) also update their knowledge through attending regular revision training led by the GSCB. Designated Safeguarding Leads have updated Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) training and safer recruitment training is also completed by all relevant personnel.
Our safeguarding governor also attends regular training to be updated on all issues relating to safeguarding in school.
Regular staff meetings will address current concerns and this ensures staff can assess risk and respond to this in a timely manner.
Annually, we will complete a safeguarding audit for Gloucestershire County Council that has an action plan. This acts as a tool for our own quality assurance and ensures safeguarding concerns remain of primacy at our schools
With this in mind, the school will provide a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by our ‘4 D’s’ values; used to model and articulate British values, linked to our robust PSHCE curriculum which will be developed in relation to our own context.