"Safe guarding and promoting welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibilty effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interest of the child."

Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016.

 

Here at Maryport Infants School we take the welfare and safety of our children very seriously.

We work very closely with other local agencies surrounding the safeguarding of children including the Cumbria LSCB. If you have any significant concerns about a child then you can report them direct by calling 0333 240 1727.

 Mrs Beddoe. Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding and Child protection

All those working in education can contribute to the safeguarding and protection of the welfare of a child in need.  According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring 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 outcomes.

Child protection is a 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.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.  In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred.  This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  However, all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.

 

Safeguarding Procedures and Statement and Child Protection