Changing Tunes Education Support is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted in our care.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding Children - the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children's health or development
- Ensuring that 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
Child Protection is part of safeguarding and refers to the activity undertaken to protect children suffering from, or at risk of, significant harm Working Together to Safeguard Children (Updated July 2018).
We will support all children by:
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school
- Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness
- Effectively tackling bullying and harassment
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
Staff working with children are well placed to identify such abuse.
Changing Tunes Education Support aims to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
Safeguarding at Changing Tunes:
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact the following staff members as quickly as possible:
Strategic Head of Changing Tunes Education Support
Changing Tunes Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:
Strategic Head of Education Support & Head of Safeguarding
Changing Tunes Education Support
M: 07873 111 719
If you are unable to locate any of the above staff, please complete a Safeguarding Concern Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for the attention of one of the above named staff who will follow up your concerns as soon as possible.
You can also contact the Single Point of Access directly on 0208 547 5008 or the Duty Social Worker on 0208 770 5000.
You can also see our Child Protection Policy & Code of Conduct (September 2018) (Currently being Updated) for more information on Safeguarding.
Everyone working with our children, their parents and carers should be aware that:
- Their role is to listen and note carefully any observations which could indicate abuse
- They should not attempt to investigate once the initial concern is raised
- They should involve the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately
Disclosures of abuse or harm from children may be made at any time
If anything worries you or concerns you, report it straight away!