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What is the definition of Safeguarding?

Christ the King mirrors Ofsted (2015) in its recognition of the definition of the term ‘Safeguarding’ used in the Children Act 2004. In summary this is:

  • 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
  • undertaking that role as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

For full details of the school’s commitment please refer to the Child Protection / Safeguarding Policy.

Who is responsible for Safeguarding children?


All members of Christ the King share a responsibility for Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and have a duty to follow the procedures approved by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take appropriate action if they have concerns about a child’s welfare.

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Ryan

Mr Ryan is the Designated Child Protection member of staff and all teaching and support staff have had regular Child Protection Awareness training at least every two years. Safeguarding training is part of all NQTs and new staff members induction.

Mrs Gerrard is our Safeguarding Governor. Mr Newman is our deputy Safeguarding Governor.

Mr Ryan has been trained to deliver Prevent Strategy training to staff (WRAP training).

Mrs Gerrard and Mrs Forsyth have been trained on Safer Recruitment.

Mrs Kennedy leads on E-safety and facilitates eCadets through the school.

All teachers are fully aware of the important guidance given to school by the government in their Keeping Children Safe in Education document.

All teachers and teaching support staff have undertaken Channel General Awareness training with regards to the Prevent Strategy.

We currently have 20 members of staff who have successfully completed ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ and 6 members of staff with ‘Paediatric First Aid’ training. All members of staff have received epipen and defibrilator training.

What is KIDSAFE?

KIDSAFE is a five week programme suitable for years 1 to 6 and is delivered by our two school-based tutors, Mrs Thomas and Miss Yassin.

The Kidsafe mission is to protect, educate and empower children without shattering their innocence.

With the help of the puppet, KS, all courses are uniquely designed to help children take an active role in deciding how they themselves can recognise and protect themselves from all forms of abuse.

It is a preventative programme delivered in a child friendly way and language used is age appropriate.

Where can I find Christ the King's policies and procedures on Safeguarding?

Please click here to be taken directly to our policies page or have a browse through our designated e-safety section which you’ll find on the menu tab situated at the top of this page.

At a glance…

1. Safeguarding remains an integral part of the Ofsted inspection process. The impact of safeguarding arrangements will be tested under the judgement on behaviour and safety.

2. The governing body is accountable for ensuring that the school has effective policies and procedures in place – and that it monitors the school’s compliance with the agreed policies and procedures.

3. It is the responsibilty of the governing body to ensure that the safer recruitment checks are carried out in line with statutory requirements.

4. All those who employ people to work in schools must carry out specified recruitment and vetting checks on new appointees.

  • Identity and qualification checks
  • CRB checks
  • Barred checks made
  • Date on which they were made
  • Identity of those making the check or entering details on the record

5. SCR must record the records of recruitment checks. There is no prescribed format or layout. It must include:

  • Nature of checks made
  • Date on which they were made
  • identity of those making the check or entering details on the record

6. In the leadership and management section of the Ofsted schedule it is expected that leaders and managers can demonstrate that they meet all the regulations and duties for the safeguarding judgement. The SCR will be inspected early in the inspection with the expectation that it is complete and meets statutory requirements.

7. Safeguarding is everybody’s business (Lord Laming 2009). It is critical that all staff are appropriately and regularly trained so that they explicitly understand their responsibilities and are confident in carrying them out.

8. All school staff should be particularly sensitive to signs which may indicate safeguarding concerns:
e.g.poor or irregular attendance; children missing from education.

9. Governors who regularly work with pupils must have an enhanced CRB check (if appointed after April 2002). This could change under the proposed provisions of the Protection of Freedom Bill.

10. Safeguarding is about possible abuse and neglect of pupils and the steps taken to refer concerns about missing pupils.

This includes prompt systems for referral, dealing effectively with persistent absence, notifying the LA when pupils are removed from the school roll.

11. The following issues all pertain to safeguarding in school:

  • Pupils’ health and safety
  • Bullying
  • Racist abuse
  • Harrassment and discrimination
  • Use of physical intervention
  • Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Drug and substance issue
  • Educational visits
  • Intimate care
  • Internet safety
  • Issues which may be specific to a local area or population
  • Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.

12. Safeguarding is about accurate and clear record keeping which is shared internally an with other agencies as needed.

This means attendance at inter-agency meetings, Child Protection conferences and a commitment to collaborative working with other professionals.