Why is child protection important?
All children have a right to protection against abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence and many organisations have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. A successful approach requires multi-agency collaboration and a recognition of child wellbeing at the heart of what we do.
What is the difference between child protection and safeguarding?
Safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, is a broader term than child protection. It encompasses protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children's health or development, and ensures children grow up in safe circumstances.
Child protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
Child Protection and Safeguarding are a priority to everyone at Merritts Brook Academy. If it is felt that any child is at risk in anyway the Designated Senior Leads will take the necessary action. In the reception area of MBA there is a notice board which shares photographs of the members of staff who are DSLs.If you have any worries or concerns that a child is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed, or if you receive a disclosure then please contact, Mrs Joanne Hall (Principal) , Mrs Ling (Pastoral Manager) or any other adult within the academy who will report your concern. All DSLs have up to date training and it is their duty to take necessary action depending upon the information shared with them.
At MBA our first priority is always the child and their welfare is paramount to us. On rare occasions when a child is at risk it may be necessary to consult with other agencies prior to contacting parents.
The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board. All members of staff have had Level 1 Safeguarding training. staff are required to read and sign for all necessary policies related to safeguarding. All staff have read and signed for the latest document related to child protection - Keeping Children Safe - September 2016 .
Please feel reassured that confidentiality at all times is imperative . Any information shared will be treated sensitively and with confidentiality.