Children's safety and well-being is of paramount importance to all adults working in school. In Oxfordshire, the authority that manages safeguarding matters is the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB), but any adult in contact with children has a responsibility to ensure their safety.
Safeguarding is a term we use in the UK to cover the measures in place to protect the health, well-being and rights of the children in our care to live free from abuse, harm and neglect, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or religion.
Safeguarding children is considered of such importance nationally that the UK government has specific legislation and guidance designed to help schools protect children from maltreatment, prevent the impairment of their health or development, and ensure that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. The degree to which schools fulfill these responsibilities forms a critical part of OFSTED's inspection of schools.
The responsibility for safeguarding children lies with everyone who comes into contact with children and their families.
Below you can find some useful information on safeguarding, including the policies we have in place here at school, as well as government documents like Keeping Children Safe in Education. There is also a list of the people in school who have lead responsibilities for safeguarding.