Welcome to the Safeguarding Partnership pages for schools and colleges.
From this page you can access information, so click below to learn more about:
- Virtual Safeguarding Training
- Operation Encompass Information
- Relationship and Sexual Health Resources
- Narrated PowerPoint Presentations for Safer Recruitment, DSL and 175 Audit support
- Model safeguarding policy support
- DfE Updates / Ofsted
- The school / college safeguarding training offer
- Safeguarding health check information
- E-safety Information
- Model Safeguarding Policies
- The NSPCC ‘Stay safe, speak out’ initiative in schools
- Support for schools on knife crime
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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Schools and colleges have a key role in ensuring children and young people are kept safe. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.
All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. To lead the safeguarding function in schools and colleges each school and college has a designated safeguarding lead who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care. Within each school and college there are responsibilities which apply to every member of staff and these include:
Identifying children who may require support from children’s social care or from early help services
- Knowing how to make a referral into the Integrated Front Door (IFD) and know the function of the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
- Being familiar with the schools safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures and their own code of conduct / behaviour policy
- Understanding the role of the designated safeguarding lead and knowing who they are and how to contact them.
There are two key statutory guidance documents for schools and colleges which detail their responsibilities to keep children and safe and to promote their welfare; Keeping Children safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children. Both can be downloaded below:
Also included below is a guidance document for safer working practices in schools published by the Safer Recruitment Consortium and recommended by the DfE.
Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
The Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) publishes a full set of multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures which can be accessed here: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/procedures/
Working with schools the WSCP has also developed a Safeguarding Reflection document which can form the basis of reflection sessions for staff who routinely attend child protection, child in need or team around the family multi-agency meetings. The document can be downloaded below: