Safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and welfare of children is central to the ethos of all ISC schools.
High teacher/pupil ratios, effective pastoral care and house systems, all contribute to a caring and nurturing atmosphere.
There are a number of individuals and organisations relevant to the effective safeguarding in pupils at independent schools, as follows:
All independent schools in England are registered with the Department for Education and are regulated directly by the Secretary of State. Schools are required to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of children in their care. The DfE can close schools for serious or persistent breaches of standards.
ISC independent schools in England are inspected regularly by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. ISI is a Government approved inspectorate. Inspection is for the benefit of pupils and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and welfare. Boarding schools are inspected more frequently than day schools.
The ‘proprietor’ of an independent school is the person or group responsible for the management of the school – typically the board of governors. The proprietor of each independent school has legal responsibilities in the area of safeguarding. For example, they must ensure that:
All independent schools must have a senior member of staff designated as the child protection officer. The school’s child protection policy will identify the CPO and set out his/her main areas of responsibility. One such responsibility is to ensure that individuals are referred to the Disclosure and Barring Service where the person poses a risk of harm to children.
DBS helps employers, including schools, make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. The DBS is responsible for:
Local authorities in England have a legal duty to improve the wellbeing of all children in the authority's area. Key components of the LA’s role are discharged by:
If you’re a child:
If you’re a parent: