What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

-protecting children from maltreatment;

-preventing impairment of children’s health or development;

-ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;

-taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Schools and our staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance for schools and colleges who must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Schools and colleges work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

What is Child Protection?

Child protection is about protecting children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect and keeping them safe from harm. It is about promoting the health and welfare of children and young people helping them to grow up in a safe and supportive environment.

What is abuse?

Abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child and may involve inflicting harm or failing to act to prevent harm. This may be emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

What is neglect?

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

What we do to safeguard students at Oak Tree High School.

Our staff induction consists of sharing our organisation’s expectation of all staff, as well as what is considered acceptable and what is not. All new staff will receive information about our systems within the school which support safeguarding. This includes the child protection/safeguarding policy, staff behaviour policy (code of conduct), the role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and the name of the designated governor.

All staff will:

Receive a paper/electronic copy of, read and sign to say that they have read and understood Keeping Children Safe in Education: for school and college staff (part 1) (2019).

Receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding training, as well as online safety training so they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to keep children safe.

Receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates via email, staff meetings and training days to help provide them with an awareness of safeguarding issues (including FGM, ‘honour based’ violence, forced marriage and radicalisation/extremism), relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.

Know the steps to follow if a child discloses she is being abused or neglected and how to share information appropriately. 

Be aware that safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer abuse and be clear about the school policy on peer on peer abuse.

Meet the Oak Tree High School Safeguarding Team.

Oak Tree High School has a designated safeguarding lead and safeguarding team who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.

Mrs Yasmin Hussain – Designated Safeguarding Lead 
Miss Aysha Begum – Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Mrs Nargis Rahmatulla – Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Zlakha Ahmed – Safeguarding Governor

The safeguarding lead can be contacted at yhussain@oaktreehs.org

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