Designated Safeguarding Leads at Belmont Infant School:
Anita Bright, Inclusion lead is Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Fiona Crean, Headteacher, is Deputy DSL
Jean Schembri, School Business Manager is Deputy DSL
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
If you have a concern about a child
If you have a concern about a child, please talk to one of our designated safeguarding team (ask at the office) or you can contact the NSPCC to report your concerns here.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education (KCSIE 2022). It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance and provide consent that they have done so and we keep a register of staff who have done this. Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply. You may also want to read this Working Together to Safeguard Children document.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment;
Preventing harm to children’s health or development;
Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care;
Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Mandatory Reporting of FGM
It is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
All registered childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty. It is intended to help schools and childcare providers think about what they can do to protect children from the risk of radicalisation4 and suggests how they can access support to do this. It reflects actions that many schools and childcare providers will already be taking to protect children from this risk