SAFEGUARDING AND PROMOTING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on local authorities and the governors
of maintained schools to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out
with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Section 157 of the same act and the Education (Independent Schools Standards) (England)
Regulations 2003 require proprietors of independent schools (including academies) to have
arrangements to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children who are pupils at the
school. “Keeping Children Safe in Education” was issued to schools in 2016 detailing
statutory guidance, placing a duty on schools to promote the welfare of children. In March
2013, the definition of safeguarding children was revised in the document “Working
Together to Safeguard Children” to the following:
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
Safeguarding children is consequently more than contributing to the protection of individual
children and the school is committed to the development of policy and practice that
supports children and their families to be safe, healthy, enjoy and achieve, contribute
positively and achieve economic wellbeing.
St. John’s C of E Primary Academy strives to promote the welfare of our pupils by:
1. Creating and maintaining a safe learning environment.
2. Identifying child welfare concerns and taking appropriate action.
3. Using the curriculum to enable our children to develop keep safe strategies.
4. Creating a listening culture to hear the child’s voice.
5. Operating safe recruitment and selection procedures to prevent unsuitable people
working with our children.
The school has a suite of policies designed to meet these needs and are available on request
or via the school website.
This policy applies mostly to points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 above and reflects current legislation,
accepted best practice and complies with Government guidance: Working together to
Safeguard Children (2013) and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
Click on the links below to open and download the policies: