Safeguarding

Lovelace Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse and that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school their behaviour may be challenging, we recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. The school will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all our pupils and recognise that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our school has an ethos where:

  • Pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children are able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something.
  • We recognise that staff at our school play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. It is vital that all staff are vigilant at all times.
  • Through robust training and induction, all staff and regular visitors will know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information.
  • Every pupil will know what the adult will have to do with any information the child/young person has disclosed.
  • At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)
Safeguarding: In relation to children and young people, the School adopts the definition used in the Children Act 2004 and the Department for Education (DfE) guidance document: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 which define safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare as:
  • 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 to have the best outcomes

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It also relates to aspects of school life including:

  • Pupils’ health and safety
  • The use of reasonable force (restraint)
  • Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Educational visits
  • Intimate care
  • Internet or e-safety
  • Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context

Links to further information on our website

For latest updated Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Attendance Policies - click here to visit our Policies page

E-Safety guidance is also available here