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.
Coltishall use CPOMS - Child Protection Online Management System for recording all concerns, incidents and commuications regarding safeguarding. This enables the Designated Safeguarding Leads to have an overview of all safeguarding matters and efficiently identify any emerging patterns of concern.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) have a legal responsibility for dealing with safeguarding issues, providing advice and support to staff, liaising with the Local Authority, and working with a range of other agencies. The DSLs at Coltishall are the Headteacher Dan Mckeown and Deputy Headteacher Mrs Ward.