SAFEGUARDING

Moat Community College fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support students in college. The aim of the policy is to safeguard and promote our students’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. The students’ welfare is of paramount importance.

"SAFEGUARDING IS A TERM WHICH IS BROADER THAN ‘CHILD PROTECTION’ AND RELATES TO THE ACTION TAKEN TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND PROTECT THEM FROM HARM. SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY."

DEFINITION

Safeguarding is defined as:

• Protecting children from maltreatment;

• Preventing impairment of children's health or development;

• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and

• Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

OUR COMMITTMENT

Moat Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We believe that:

• All children/young people have the right to be protected from harm;

• Children/young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school;

• Children/young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;

• All children/young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs;

• All children/young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;

• All children/young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child/young person will achieve better educationally;

• Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation,bullying, exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risktaking behaviours; and

• All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.

If you think a child is in immediate dangerDon't delay – call the police on 999, or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.

RELATED LINKS

CHILDLINE

You can contact Childline about anything.Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. They'll support you and help you find ways to cope.

There are lots of different ways to get in touch with them. And you can also get help from other young people through their site.


CEOP

CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.

They are here to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to them if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.

They take all reports seriously and will do everything they can to keep you safe.