Safeguarding at Newbury Hall
Newbury Hall holds as its highest priority the safety and well being of its students and will not hesitate to act in the best interests of the child immediately in any and all circumstances.
The school recognises that students who are safe, happy and well looked after flourish and achieve the best outcomes. Newbury Hall works closely with Children’s and Emergency Services and liaises closely with the West Berkshire LSCB and Thames Valley Police in order to Safeguard and Protect the students in its care. Newbury Hall staff are trained to recognise concerns and will take action to safeguard and protect the the students in their care.
Non-discrimination means that all children have the same right to develop their potential in all situations and at all times. For example, every child should have equal access to education regardless of the child’s gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, parentage, sexual orientation or other status
The best interests of the child must be “a primary consideration” in all actions and decisions concerning a child, and must be used to resolve conflicts between different rights.
The right to survival and development underscores the vital importance of ensuring access to basic services and to equality of opportunity for children to achieve their full development. For example, a child with a disability should have effective access to education and health care to achieve their full potential
The views of the child mean that the voice of the child must be heard and respected in all matters concerning his or her rights. For example, those in power should consult with children before making decisions that will affect them.
Newbury Hall has a Designated Lead for Safeguarding and all staff are trained in Safeguarding. The Principal and Proprietor regularly review Safeguarding Practice and hold the safety, security and health of Newbury Hall’s students as their highest priority.
All Newbury Hall staff have the 24/7 telephone contact details of the West Berkshire Local Safeguarding Children Board, Social Services and Emergency Services – including the Thames Valley Police Safer Schools Partnership Police Liaison Officers.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
preventing harm to children’s health or development
ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.
What does Newbury Hall need to do to Safeguard the children in its care?
Newbury Hall needs to make sure that the way it works with children keeps them safe and does not place them at unacceptable risk of harm.
Newbury Hall does this through:
- establishing, implementing and following good safeguarding policies and procedures including safe recruitment
- ensuring all staff and volunteers are aware of and follow the organisation’s safeguarding policies and procedures
- ensuring that all staff and volunteers receive safeguarding training.
Newbury Hall’s responsibilities
Newbury Hall has a statutory duty to protect children in their care. The school must have:
- a child protection policy
- child protection procedures
- a designated lead for child protection – both on the board of trustees and in the senior management team
- safe recruitment processes
The school environment must be a safe place for children. And schools must ensure that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don’t pose a risk to children.
Staff should receive training in how to identify and respond to child protection concerns.
Identifying abuse and responding to disclosures
Concerns about a child’s safety, allegations of abuse and disclosures must and will always be reported. Newbury Hall’s safeguarding policy and procedures include details of how to report. The process also forms part of the staff induction and refresher training. Any concern or disclosure will be recorded in the appropriate place with a date and signature of the member of staff, and given to the school’s designated safeguarding lead. All staff are aware of how to contact the Local Area Designated Officer and the Thames Valley Police.