Safeguarding (2004 Children's Act) is:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of a child's health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provisions of safe and effective care;
- Create opportunities to enable children to have optimum life chances in adulthood.
At Gurnos Nursery School, safeguarding and the safety of our pupils is paramount to all we do. We want all of our pupils to be happy and safe during their time with us. Safeguarding is an umbrella term and covers many more aspects than just 'child protection'. Child Protection is protecting children from identified risks - originally focused on abuse at home, now a wider concept to include bullying, abuse through new technology etc.
Safeguarding extends child protection to include preventing harm and promoting the well-being of children.
Gurnos Nursery School recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, and the requirements of the "Safeguarding Children in Education" to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at the school have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring to the appropriate bodies.
If there are any concerns regarding a child at the school this must be reported to the Safeguarding Officer. The Safeguarding officer at Gurnos Nursery is Head Teacher Mrs Locke.
If Mrs Locke is absent concerns are then to be reported to Miss Minney who is the Deputy Safeguarding Officer.