Safeguarding Statement

The welfare of the child is paramount

Mount Kelly School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.  We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us, children are aware of the adults they can talk to if they have a concern.  When there are concerns for a child’s welfare we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies.  We will ensure concerns are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that by doing so would be contrary to the child’s welfare.  Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities and we take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse.  The Child Protection and Safeguarding policy underpins and guides our school’s procedures and protocols to ensure its pupils and staff are safe.

All staff will adopt the view that, ‘it could happen here’

Mount Kelly operates safeguarding procedures in accordance with locally agreed inter agency procedures as laid down by the Devon Children and Families Partnership. (DCFP)