Safeguarding Our Children
“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.”
At The Meadows Primary Academy, we aim to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, which secures the well-being and very best outcomes for the children in our care. We have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the well-being of children.
We take this responsibility very seriously and as such, we have clear systems and procedures in place to ensure that no child should suffer from harm, at home or at school.
All staff (including teaching and non-teaching staff, temporary and supply staff, clerical, catering and cleaning staff, volunteers, students, extended school staff, club leaders and staff working on site employed by other services and agencies and those working with children and families in the community) have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All staff are expected to adhere to The Meadows Primary Academy's safeguarding procedures and guidance at all times.
Copies of our safeguarding procedures and guidance, e.g. Child Protection Policy, Whistleblowing Policy and DfE Guidance documents can be viewed either in the policies section of the website or obtained on request from the school office.
Preventing unsuitable people from working with children and young people is essential to keeping children safe, therefore we conduct rigorous selection and recruitment of staff and volunteers in accordance with the Safer Recruitment practice guidelines provided by Stoke on Trent Council.
If you are worried about the safety or welfare of any young person at home or at school, ensure that you report your concerns to the Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding.
The Designated Member of Staff for Child Protection may refer the matter to Stoke on Trent Social Care, the Police or other agencies, as all adults who come into contact with children at The Meadows have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare.
The Designated Lead for Safeguarding is Lindsay Armstrong, Deputy Lead for Safeguarding is Emma Gater, Head Teacher, although in her absence please inform Jill Walton.
Designated Lead for Safeguarding
Deputy Lead for Safeguarding