Child Safeguarding Policy Statement
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England.
This policy statement should be read alongside our policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents. We follow the guidance of Keeping children safe in education of the UK government. We are also supported by the Education Mission of Cyprus (KEA).
We believe that:
children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind;
we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take;
all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse;
some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues;
working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
valuing, listening to and respecting them;
appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people, a deputy and a lead trustee member for safeguarding;
adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers;
developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures;
providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently;
recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance;
sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families via Email, assemblies, group work and one-to-one discussions making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know;
involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistle blowing measures in place;
ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
Our Safeguarding Officers
Nominated child protection lead
Name: ATHANASIA SAMPRAKOU
Deputy child protection lead(s)
Name(s): Litsa Artemi
Trustee/ Senior lead for safeguarding and child protection
Name: MARIA MCVEY
This policy statement came into force on the 11th September 2021.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy statement and accompanying procedures were last reviewed on 18th September 2023.
Chairman of GLEE
Date: 18th September 2023