Definition of safeguarding

Bessemer Grange adopts the definition used in the Children Act 2004 and in ‘Working together to safeguard children’. This can be summarised 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 relates to aspects of school life including:

  • pupils’ health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils 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.

The Safeguarding team

Designated Officer: Sarah Beard (Executive Headteacher )

Deputy designated officers:

  • Elizabeth Whitehead (Head of School)
  • Lynette Mincher (Inclusion Manager)
  • Maria Sendonari (SENCo)
  • Rebecca Benjamins (Deputy headteacher)
  • RayCapper (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Kathy Burston (Learning Mentor)

Pace UK

PaceUK is an online course for parents if they wish to complete to gain a better understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation.

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