School Health – Child Protection

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults (Child Protection)

All Schools and teaching providers working with children under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults must meet certain legal requirements for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in their care. The school must have clear policies, strategies and procedures to ensure the safeguarding and welfare of pupils, including those relating to behaviour, exclusion, bullying, health and safety, harassment, discrimination and equal opportunities. These policies and procedures must be renewed annually to ensure that such policies and practices are effective and consistently applied across the organisation.

Members of staff within Schools and teaching providers have an important role to play in helping to safeguard the welfare of its young people and vulnerable adults and to protect them from abuse.  Zoë Life acknowledges that for a School or teaching provider’s procedures to be effective, it is important that staff receive adequate training and supervision to ensure that the needs and welfare of young people and vulnerable adults are paramount.

In order to support schools and other teaching providers, Zoë Life provides training on the following safeguarding topics

  • Introduction to safeguarding
  • Difference between Safeguarding and Child protection
  • Definition of ‘child’ and ‘vulnerable adult’
  • Children’s rights and the law
  • Categories of Abuse
  • Recognising signs of Abuse and how to respond to and manage disclosure
  • Developing your own safeguarding policy – Examples of Safeguarding Policies and summary flow chart
  • Reviewing of Safeguarding procedures and Annual Reports
  • Establishing lead Safeguarding Officers in your School and the training of Staff
  • Allegations of abuse against members of staff
  • Safer recruitment and selection
  • Confidentiality and Data Protection
  • Maintaining professional boundaries
  • Setting a support system within your school – safeguarding committee
  • Setting up a referral network and working with External Agencies
  • Records and documentation
  • Marketing and promoting Safeguarding in your organisation
  • What we can learn from “Every Child Matters”
  • Real Life Scenarios

If you have a Schools Safety Policy in place, or need to put one in place, Zoë-Life is able to assess your needs and assist you to improve, develop or implement a Child protection policy in your school