Safeguarding, safety and promoting the welfare of children is the highest priority for Lakeside Primary School:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
There are a number of legal frameworks and definitions of safeguarding which can be found in the school Safeguarding Policy.
Safeguarding is about more than Child Protection. The latter is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect. It includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimizing the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns.
We maintain a culture of 'it could happen here' at Lakeside - communication and training around safeguarding is our number one priority. All staff undertake whole school Child Protection training biannually. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mr Jon Moss) and our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Miss Tina Richards and Mrs Janette Hinch) also update their knowledge through attending regular revision training led by the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB). Designated Safeguarding Leads have updated Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) training and safer recruitment training is also completed by all relevant personnel. All staff are held to account around Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance and Safer Working Practices guidance.
Regular staff meetings will address current concerns and this ensures staff can assess risk and respond to this in a timely manner. Annually, we complete a Section 175 safeguarding audit for GSCB that has an associated action plan. This acts as a tool for our own quality assurance and ensures safeguarding concerns remain of primacy at our schools
With all this in mind, the school will provide a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by our PROUD values; used to model and articulate British values, linked to our robust PSHCE curriculum which will be developed in relation to our own context.
For further information on Safeguarding at Lakeside, please refer to the Lakeside Primary School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy