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What is Safeguarding?

What is Safeguarding? 
Safeguarding is the term used to describe all of the things we do at Birchwood to keep children safe. It is the actions we take to both promote the welfare of children and to protect them from harm.  
Safeguarding means
  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children's health and development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all staff at Birchwood receive safeguarding training on an annual basis, with regular updates throughout the year.  
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Webb.  Mr Coleman, Miss Haynes and Mrs Scotchmer are Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL).