Safeguarding Statement

Edgware Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by taking all reasonable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual or emotional harm. Paid staff and volunteers will at all times show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of our service users and conduct themselves in a way that reflect the principles of our organisation.

We will do this by:

  • ensuring that all of our paid staff and volunteers are carefully selected, trained and supervised;
  • assessing all risks carefully that children and young people encounter and taking all necessary steps to minimise and manage them;
  • letting parents and children and young people know how to voice concerns or complaints about anything that they may not be happy with;
  • giving parents, children and young people and workers information about what we do and what can be expected from us.
  • requiring clubs, societies, groups hiring Edgware Primary School facilities, to have and abide by their own code, policies and procedures which a copy must be shown to us;
  • responding to allegations appropriately with full investigation and, if appropriate, implement the disciplinary and appeals procedures and
  • to develop and implement an appropriate monitoring and review system to ensure compliance with Edgware Primary School’s Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

Edgware Primary School has adopted the following policies and procedures for paid and voluntary staff to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people.

Anti- bullying, Behaviour Policy, Equal Opportunities, Child Protection & safeguarding, London Child Protection Guidelines, the process for reporting Child Protection Concerns, Complaints Procedure and Whistle blowing.

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

Every effort will be made to safeguard the welfare of children and young people and adults who are involved in our activities and using our facilities.

Edgware Primary School will create and maintain an environment where children, young people and the adults working with them are safe and valued, and in which they can develop physically, emotionally and spiritually (definitions of a ‘child or young person’ as ‘under 18 years’ and vulnerable adults over the age of 18 years). Within the constraints of the building our premises will meet health and safety requirements with furnishings and equipment suitable for the activities to be undertaken.

Activities and events will be planned taking into consideration the safety and well being of children and young people, and organised in a way which minimises the possibility of them being harmed.

Leaders and supervisors of activities involving children and young people will be selected and appointed after appropriate checks (including enhanced CRB Disclosure) inquiries and considerations about their suitability for the work.

Leaders and supervisors working with children and young people will receive appropriate initial training and regular updating and will be supervised and supported in the work they do.

Information will be made available to all on how to obtain advice, support and help if anyone has a concern or suspects a child, young person is being harmed. This information will include guidelines on responding to and reporting such concerns.

The responsibility for introducing, implementing, and maintaining this Safeguarding Policy rests with the Governors of Edgware Primary School. The Governors work with the Head teacher and other agencies and formally review the policies in line with the monitoring review system.

School policy towards child protection and information about various forms of child abuse is located in the Child Protection Policy.

 e-safety: our policy and procedures

At Edgware, we:

  • recognise that e-safety is everybody’s responsibility
  • expect that every member of the school community is aware of the policies and procedures for safety; and how these work in practice and what to do when things go wrong
  • audit the training needs of all staff and provide training to improve their knowledge of and expertise in the safe and appropriate use of new technologies
  • work closely with all families to help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school
  • use pupils’ and families’ views to develop e-safety strategies
  • manage the transition from locked down systems to more managed systems to help pupils understand how to manage risk; to provide them with richer learning experiences; and to bridge the gap between systems at school and the more open systems outside school
  • provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for e-safety which enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies
  • systematically review and develop their e-safety procedures, including training, to ensure that they have a positive impact on pupils’ knowledge and understanding.