Beechcliffe School take safeguarding and pupil welfare very seriously and it is at the heart of all we do.
To make progress we firmly feel pupils need to feel safe and happy.
We have stringent and effective procedures in place which cover all aspects of safeguarding, please see safeguarding policies for details of how these procedures are implemented throughout the school.
Safeguarding is a umbrella term which encompasses a wide range of areas, all of which accumulate into providing an environment in which pupils can learn, flourish and grow into mature adults, supported by staff who will support and encourage them along the way.
Alongside child protection these areas include risk assessments, educational visits, operating the pool, rebound session, staff recruitment and visitors in school to name but a few.
All staff employed by Beechcliffe school receive child protection training delivered by an outside agency on a yearly basis and are updated throughout the year by the school safeguarding leads. Other people not employed directly by the school such as the cleaners and maintenance people also receive child protection training. Keeping Children safe is all our responsibility and those working with our pupils are aware of this.
Click here to view Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2020 statutory guidance.
Click here to view Working together to safeguard Children statutory guidance.
At Beechcliffe School we have a safeguarding team who meet once a fortnight in a morning to formerly lease and update each other to ensure all information in relation to safeguarding pupils is shared and actions taken if necessary. The team also meet for a longer meeting once a month, this meeting includes updating on all pupils with support services involved, next steps for ongoing issues, discussions relating to supporting families who do not meet the threshold for outside agency support.
Please visit our safeguarding team page for more information.
School would wish parents and carers to know that the Local Authority requires Head teachers to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse to Children's Social Care.
The Child Protection Procedure is intended to protect children and young people at risk.
Schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.
This does mean that the Headteacher or other Named Persons may run the risk of upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, upon investigation, proves to be unfounded.
In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents appreciate how difficult it is for school staff to carry out this delicate responsibility and will accept that we are acting in what was believed to be the best interests of the pupil.