At Compass Schools the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
Safeguarding training is mandatory for anyone who works or volunteers with children or young people. This means it is essential for all teachers to complete the training before meeting children. Different roles may require different levels of training depending on their responsibilities; however, all roles are given full guidance to have the ability to protect all children within their care to the upmost degree.
No matter what your responsibilities are, if you work or volunteer with children you should have complete understanding of how to keep those children safe. This is where safeguarding comes in. This essential training ensures that you can keep a child safe both in your care and outside of it, providing you with all the skills needed to do so.
This training must be reviewed and updated regularly for anyone working in the education sector, meaning that all teachers will have the relevant knowledge needed to look after your child.
Depending on the environment, safeguarding can mean different things. However, in schools there is an official safeguarding documentation that outlines the legal duties in which they must comply. This documentation covers several different things that schools, and teachers must be able to do, including the following:
1. Use safeguarding training to ensure that the school is a safe environment for all children
2. Ensure that no adults within the school pose a risk to the children
3. Teach all children about how to stay safe both online and offline
4. Ensure all staff are trained with up-to-date policies and practices
5. Able to see signs and indications that a child is unsafe, and follow the correct procedures to ensure that child’s safety
6. Create and maintain an environment in which children feel comfortable enough to confide in Staff with their worries or problems
These points are all essential, and they ensure that every child is protected to the best of the school’s ability.
Safeguarding training is mandatory for every adult that works or volunteers in a school. There are varying levels of training, depending on the role.
As a minimum, receptionists and cleaners should be trained to Level 1, teachers and teaching assistants should be trained to Level 2, and head teachers and DSLs should be trained to level 3. If you are concerned or want to check that your child’s teacher has received the most updated safeguarding training, the best thing you can do is contact the school. They should be happy to provide you with further information about how they are ensuring the protection of all pupils. They will also be able to provide you with their child protection policy, which will include additional information such as what you or the school can do if either are concerned about the welfare of a child.