At Northease, we know that in order for children to succeed they need to feel happy and safe. Safer children make more successful learners. The School is wholly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this fundamental commitment to our students.
We recognise that we have a moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
What is Safeguarding?
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is:
- A part of safeguarding and promoting welfare
- Refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.
East Sussex County Council Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (2015).
If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect we must follow our safeguarding procedures. Our procedures have been written to protect our students and comply with our statutory duties and responsibilities. They are designed to support students, families and staff. The procedures are included in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be found in the policy section of this website.
In almost all circumstances we will talk to parents and carers about our concerns and whether we feel we should make a referral to Children’s Social Care. If we think that talking to you first might in some way pose a risk to your child, we will report our concerns to Children’s Social Care and take advice from them.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue and it raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. We will do everything we can to support our students, and you can be assured that we always act in the best interests of the child.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Evalynne Charmers - Head of Safeguarding (Boarding and Staff Welfare)
Martine Carruthers - Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Deputy Head of Boarding)
Chris Legate- Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Associate Head and Student Support)
Isabelle Rees - Deputy Safeguarding Officer (Administrative Services Manager)
Some Useful Websites:
NSPCC : http://www.nspcc.org.uk
ChildNet International: www.childnet.com. Specialist resources for young people to raise awareness of online safety and how to protect themselves, and advice for parents.
Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk. Resources provided by Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) for children and young people, parents, carers and teachers.
Digizen: www.digizen.org. Provides online safety information for educators, parents, carers and young people.
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk Young minds is a website committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.
Kidscape: www.kidscape.org.uk. Advice on bullying.