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Welcome to the Children’s Safeguards Team

Purpose and Function

The core function of the Children’s Safeguards Team (CST) is to provide support, guidance and challenge to schools, services and early years settings to ensure that children are kept safe and their welfare promoted as required by section 175 of the Education Act 2002. Strategic planning, support and operational guidance outlined in Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education(2006:10) helps to inform the work of the team and the principles that underpin the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 provide a framework for our standards of practice -

The work of the CST meets the responsibility of the Local Authority lead officers for safeguarding children in education services and primarily focuses on supporting and challenging schools, early years providers and education services in all matters relating to safeguarding children. This includes:

Misson Statement:

“If children and young people are to achieve academically, socially and emotionally, it is imperative that their primary needs for safety and protection are met. All children have a fundamental right to be protected from harm and the Team strives to raise awareness of child protection, care standards and children’s rights across the parameters of educational provision. The values and beliefs that underpin the work of the Team are consistent with the principles enshrined in Ways For Success, and are driven by professional social work ethics that reinforce the rights of the individual to be heard, to be treated fairly and to be afforded opportunities to pursue their potential, regardless of their race, age, gender, disability or sexual orientation. We are committed to challenging discrimination and disadvantage that we may encounter in our day to day work and the principles of anti-oppressive practice will be adopted to address issues of ignorance, power and powerlessness that lie at the root of abuse, discrimination, victimization and bullying.”