Clara Grant is committed to safeguarding and promoting the physical, mental and emotional welfare of every pupil, both inside and outside the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We work closely with all multi-agencies to ensure that children are protected from risk of emotional and physical harm or at risk from neglect. We follow stringent procedures for the recruitment of staff and for visitors entering our school.
The school has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse, including child-on-child abuse, as confirmed in the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.
We take student welfare and safety very seriously and take action to reduce all kinds of harm including: abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. We also promote a culture where children and adults feel confident to share their concerns about their own or others’ safety and wellbeing.
All Clara Grant staff receive regular safeguarding training, and we continue to ensure that our staff, governors, parents/carers and students work together to keep children safe. We take account of the information contained in the DfE documents 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' and 'Keep Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges' (September 2022) as the safety and protection of children is of paramount importance to everyone in this school, and we work hard to create a culture of vigilance.
What is Safguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
What to do if you are concerned about a child?
Adults have a responsibility to share any concerns they have, even when they may have some doubts whether a child is being harmed. If you are concerned about a child, speak to someone. This might be a health visitor, teacher, family doctor, social worker or police officer. You can also contact the school and request to speak to Karen Symons, the Safeguarding Lead.
If you are worried about something online or something involving you online, you can let the school know.
If you suspect Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of a child please inform the police. If you have concerns around risk, please inform the school Safeguarding Team or call MASH on 02033734600.
Our Safeguarding Team
The safeguarding team is in charge of keeping children safe at home and at school. They are called Designated Safeguarding Leads. Our safeguarding team is made up of:
Wide Safeguarding Team
Family Support Worker
For urgent Child Protection / Safeguarding advice, please call MASH on 020 7364 5006 or email MASH@TowerHamlets.gov.uk. The phone line is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. Outside these hours, please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 020 7364 4079.
Tower Hamlets Council Local Authority Officer (LADO):
The Tower Hamlets LADO can be contacted by calling 020 7364 5000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.