Safeguarding & Child Protection

The words ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘Child protection’ are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings. Safeguarding is what we are doing for all our children; Child Protection refers to the policy and procedures we have for referring and supporting children at risk of serious harm, or who have been seriously harmed. The definition of Safeguarding is given in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, paragraph 4.

‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s 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.’


At Brookfields School, we still firmly embrace the five strands of this very important initiative.

The areas of :

  • Stay Safe
  • Be Healthy
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Achieve Economic Well-being
  • Make a Positive Contribution

These five strands remain pivotal to our PSHE curriculum and ethos of our school.   The daily curriculum and varied activities all fall broadly under this umbrella of recognising that each and every person is very important within the context of the school.

The strands are woven into the school’s curriculum and incorporated into each individual’s IEP

(Individual Education Programme) targets.  We meet these aims by working in partnership with parents, carers, the community, local businesses and many other professionals we welcome into our school.

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