At Ursuline College, Safeguarding is considered to be everyone’s responsibility and as such we aim to create the safest environment possible that will allow every student the opportunity to achieve.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: 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; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. (KCSIE 2016).
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 staff at Ursuline College fully recognise their responsibilities towards safeguarding children and child protection and that we have an active role in keeping our students safe from harm and promoting their welfare. We understand that at times, we may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk, and so we do our utmost to provide a setting where students can feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. We aim to ensure that students can be supported through a school-wide ethos that promotes a supportive, positive and secure environment.
Everyone has a responsibility to keep children and young people safe
Ursuline College adheres to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and young People in Education Settings.
We adopt the procedures laid down by the Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB)
All staff are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection, and students are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Leads. Supply teachers are also given information, so anyone working with our students is aware of the school’s Safeguarding procedures.
Please see our Safeguarding Policy (Under Key Information- Policies) and other areas of our website for further information. If you ever have concerns regarding a child’s welfare, do not hesitate to contact one of the Safeguarding Team below.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Camilla Crampton (Head of School) CramptonC@ursuline.kent.sch.uk
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Jo Callingham (SENCo) CallinghamJ@ursuline.kent.sch.uk