Purpose of our Safeguarding Policy
KITE College safeguarding policy provides clear direction to all college stakeholders about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. It makes explicit the college commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the learner.
There are three main aims to our Child Protection Policy:
Prevention: by creating a positive college atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to learners;
Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns;
Support: by providing support for learners and school staff and for learners who may have been or are being abused.
All those working in education can contribute to the safeguarding and protection of the welfare of a child in need.
According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at KITE College.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is childcentred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the learner.
This policy applies to all who come into contact with children at KITE College including:
- Teaching assistants
- Administrative assistants
- Supply teachers
- Midday supervisors
- Adult helpers
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