Safeguarding

The Welsh Assembly Government definition:

"Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults from abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and dangers. "

Click here to go to the Welsh Assembly Government Safeguarding Website

DfE Safeguarding Information

Click on the link below to download and view the DfE Safeguarding Information for all school and college staff.

Download Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1 – July 2015

Lewis Girls' School Safeguarding Policy

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies are available in our Policies and Documentation area. Please click here to go there now.

What is Safeguarding in Schools?

Governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities must comply with the Education Act 2002 (section 175) and have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State. The DfES (now DfE) guidance Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education, makes it clear that schools must provide a safe environment and take action to identify and protect any children or young people who are at risk of significant harm.

Schools are required to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and young people; to promote safe practice and challenge unsafe practice; to ensure that staff receive the necessary training for their roles; and to work in partnership with other agencies providing services for children and young people.

Local authorities have a duty to provide model policies and procedures on all aspects of safeguarding and to ensure that schools are aware of, and comply with, their responsibilities. As part of this, they offer advice and training for schools’ staff and governors.