The Beacon of Light School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students.
Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance and we welcome, value and support every child to the best of our abilities and resources.
We recognise that some young people may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We recognise too that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth, unable to view the world in a positive way.
Within the school, their behaviour may be challenging. We also recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach to provide the best possible care for all our students.
Everyone working in, or on the behalf of the school, shares a strong commitment to help keep our students and young people safe through:
We work tirelessly to ensure that safeguarding and child protection principles and process are systematically and consistently applied, but are not complacent, recognising that it is still possible that issues and concerns may arise in the best-prepared environments.
Accordingly, we are constantly vigilant and through for example promoting high standards of professional behaviour, constant awareness- raising and a pro-active approach to safeguarding, we seek at all times to be alert to all potential concerns.
In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ as:
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect learners from:
Parents/carers should be aware that The Beacon of Light will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of our learners.
Where we are concerned a learner may be at risk of significant harm, ill-treatment, neglect of other forms of abuse, we have no alternative but to follow Sunderland Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures https://www.safeguardingchildrensunderland.com/ or Durham’s Safeguarding Children’s board Procedures can be found at www.durham-lscb.org.uk/
An electronic copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies are available to download from our website, or a hard copy can be requested directly from school by writing to Beacon of Light School, Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland, SR5 1SN.
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