Safeguarding at SPS
Safeguarding at SPS is central to all that we do. All staff are trained in safeguarding, and more recently the new implementation the Department of education ‘keeping children safe in education’ (SEPT 2016) document. The senior team work closely with the Local Authorities and have further training in safeguarding.
All areas within safeguarding are integrated within the curriculum at the appropriate level and language of each individual we teach at SPS. these include:
•CSE (if appropriate)
•Prevent and radicalisation
•FGM (if appropriate)
•Alongside fundamental safeguarding issues our young people may experience in their live.
Extra information on FGM
FGM is the deliberate mutilation of female genitalia. This is often the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris. The World Health Organization describes FGM as any procedure that injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK. Each nation in the UK has policy and guidance to help prevent FGM and take action to protect any child who has been affected.
FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985. In 2003 it also became a criminal offence for UK nationals or permanent UK residents to take their child abroad to have female genital mutilation.
Anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation
(Home Office, 2016)
Sets out the mandatory duty for health and social care professionals, teachers and to make a report to the police if:
- they are informed by a girl under the age of 18 that she has undergone an act of female genital mutilation (FGM)
- they observe physical signs that an act of FGM may have been carried out on a girl under the age of 18.
Monitoring the school is an important part of any safeguarding. Fortunately we have a very active Governance that visit the school regularly alongside myself. The Governance team will monitor the school in a variety of ways including:
•Safeguarding learning walks
•Interviews with staff and peers.