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ECMAT Safeguarding Position Statement

ECMAT SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to the process of protecting children from maltreatment, preventing the impairment of health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding also encompasses issues such as health and safety, bullying and a range of other issues, for example, arrangements for meeting the medical needs of children by providing first aid, academy security, drugs and substance misuse and positive behaviour. There may also be other safeguarding issues that are specific to the local area or population.

ECMAT is wholly committed to ensuring that all children and young people are cared for in a safe, nurturing and secure environment in our academies. We are fully committed to

safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the pupils and staff within the academy trust and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.To fulfil this commitment we have robust systems in place for:-

Policy and procedure

The ECMAT Child Protection/Safeguarding policy is reviewed and agreed on an annual basis to ensure that key messages from legislation and guidance are embedded within all of our academies. Policy and procedures are developed using Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 and Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015 and other key Government guidance.

Additional support and challenge is made to ensure other safeguarding policies and procedures are effective such as E Safety, Anti Bullying, Codes of Conduct, Pupil Behaviour and Attendance.

ECMAT expects that each academy will follow the guidance and child protection procedures provided by their Local Safeguarding Children Board and Local Authority children’s services departments.

Safe recruitment of staff and volunteers

Safer recruitment is an important part of safeguarding children and is the first step to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in education.

ECMAT see it is vital that there is a culture of safe recruitment and has adopted recruitment procedures that will deter, reject and identify people who might be unsuitable to work with children and young people.

All elements of our Safer Recruitment Policy ensure that the recruitment and selection processes outlined:

The policy outlines the steps that ECMAT will take to ensure those employed in our academies are safe to work with children and young people and its main purpose is:

ECMAT provide clear guidance, expectations, challenge and support to all academies to maintain a single central record to provide reassurance that all staff and volunteers are recruited safely.

MAT responsibilities

ECMAT is committed to the following core safeguarding principles;

Training

ECMAT ensure that academies comply with training requirements as defined in Keeping Children Safe in Education;

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