What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding legislation and government advice says that safeguarding means:

    • protecting children from maltreatment
    • preventing impairment to children’s health or development
    • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
    • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome.

Safeguarding at Belmont School

At Belmont, staff have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe learning environment for all our young people.

Mr Kevin Day is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and is supported by the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Rachel Carroll. Mrs Anne Wilson is our Safeguarding Governor.

All staff receive regular Child Protection mandatory training and are kept up to date with child protection procedures.

At Belmont we have a responsibility to identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them in partnership with other organisations. Early Help is a key part of our safeguarding strategy. Students are given numerous opportunities to consider risk situations and explore strategies for keeping safe and staff are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns to the designated teacher or any adult.

If family, friends or other professionals have any concerns they are advised to contact our DSL’s via the school office on 01242 216180. In addition they can contact Nigel Hatten, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01452 426994 or email: nigel.hatten@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Early Help at Belmont

Often the best support for family and young people is at the earliest or most opportune time to be the most effective. Belmont school staff work with numerous agencies to offer help at the earliest opportunity. Common areas where we can help are links to the School Nursing Service and wider health professionals, links and information to support social inclusion and safeguarding and, on occasions, we also work with charities and trusts to help families going through difficult times whether financial or emotional. If you would like more information of any of our wider services please contact Rachel Carroll at the school or use the Gloucestershire Family Information Services website.