Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment and safe from radicalisation.
The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and that the child or young person’s welfare is our paramount concern.
We have a team of Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) that can be seen on posters around school.
Mrs Lorraine Briffaut – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr John Edwards – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing 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 and young people to have the best outcome
Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.
The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:
All staff receive regular Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child or young person’s welfare.
We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child or young person’s welfare.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School’s designated safeguarding leads.
Children and young people risk becoming involved in gangs
Independent charity Crimestoppers is highlighting that children and young people across Essex are at risk of becoming involved with gangs and the violence and abuse that often follows. Please read their press release below for more details, especially if you are concerned about your children.