St Philip’s School Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding and child protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection is a priority for the staff and Governors at St Philip’s school.  We are all responsible for ensuring that those in our care are safe and feel safe.

The statutory guidance document “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (DfE, 2015) describes safeguarding as:

Protecting children and young people from maltreatment.

Preventing impairment of children and young people’s health or development.

Ensuring that children and young people are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

Enabling children and young people to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

St Philip’s school also monitor, support and/or refer other specific safeguarding issues – as listed in “Keeping Children Safe in Education” [DfE, 2016 : pg 11]; including :

Child missing from education

Child missing from home or care

Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

Bullying including cyberbullying

Domestic violence

Drugs

Fabricated or induced illness

Faith abuse

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Forced marriage

Gangs and youth violence

Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)

Mental health

Private fostering

Preventing radicalisation

Sexting

Teenage relationship abuse

Trafficking Some of these Safeguarding issues, e.g cyber- bullying, will be addressed through our comprehensive Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) (link to PSHE Policy – in Policies page)Whilst we are committed to working in partnership with parents/ carers there are circumstances in which a child protection referral will be made without parental consent.