The Children Acts 1989 and 2004 provide a framework for our service standards. Section 10 of the Children’s Act 2004 places a duty on schools to co-operate with the local authority to provide information to safeguard a child.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from maltreatment.
Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development.
Ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Both Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) require that all schools have a Designated Safeguarding Lead in place to provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties.
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015 state schools and colleges must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are either pupils at the school or are receiving education or training at the institution.
At Slough we consider:
- Paramount - The needs of the child are considered paramount at all times.
- Prevention - We aim to empower children to better protect themselves through awareness projects and initiatives.
- Protection - We aim to promote high standards of safeguarding policy, procedures and practice in all schools, and early years’ settings that provide for Slough children.
- Partnership - We work in close collaboration with internal and external customers to ensure that these objectives are achieved and maintained.
Slough School Health and Wellbeing Project is to support schools to adopt a whole school approach to health and wellbeing encompassing all areas of health and wellbeing and all areas of school life. A wide range of support is on offer to schools and further information can be found here.