Discovery aims to promote and protect the wellbeing of the children in our care. Our first priority is always the welfare of our children.
At Discovery Schools, we take the safeguarding and welfare of all children and young people in our care very seriously. We are committed to creating a safe and secure environment where children and young people can learn, thrive and achieve their full potential. We work in partnership with parents, carers, colleagues and other professionals to promote the welfare of children and young people and to protect them from harm.
We have robust safeguarding policies and procedures in place that are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they are in line with current legislation and best practice. All colleagues receive regular safeguarding training and are aware of their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child or young person attending one of our schools, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the relevant school. Contact details can be found on the school’s website or by contacting the school office.
Monitor the quality of safeguarding practices and their impact on outcomes for children across Discovery through the Risk Management Panel, SOAP (School On A Page), Annual Safeguarding Audit and Action Plan.
Ensure that the physical estate is safe through prioritising essential capital works and improvements identified through the safeguarding audit process / conditions surveys / EIMMP
Work with the Local Advisory Boards to ensure that the performance of vulnerable children is effectively monitored, and that appropriate support is made available to those children who are at risk of achieving poor outcomes because they are a Child in Need or subject to Children’s Social Care intervention.
Report on the outcomes of vulnerable children who are in need, subject to Child Protection plans or who are Looked After.
Liaise with local authority lead professionals for safeguarding such as the LADO, LSCBs, Ofsted, EFA and other agencies as required.
Discovery has developed a Statement of Intent for safeguarding across its schools to ensure all:
Policy in respect of safeguarding and child protection is determined at Trust and local authority level. It is the responsibility of each school to personalise and implement such policy. Each individual school is responsible for ensuring compliance with its Local Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures and policies and for publishing its own safeguarding and child protection policy in accordance with statutory requirements.
School’s specific safeguarding and child protection policy can be found on their respective school websites.