Safeguarding Children

All children have the right to be safe from harm and abuse.

All staff including teaching and non teaching staff, temporary and supply staff, clerical and domestic staff, volunteers and staff working on site employed by other services and agencies and those working with children and families in the community have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

All staff must follow the systems, procedures and guidance in place at Canonbury at all times.

Canonbury staff are expected to follow our Child Protection Policy and the Department For Education (DFE)

‘Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people in education settings’.

Our Child Protection Policy is reviewed annually, at the September meeting of the Governing Body, when the Headteacher reports on its operation and effectiveness. This policy must be read in conjunction with the DFE Summary Booklet “What to do if you’re Worried a Child is being Abused”. Our recruitment systems conform to Cambridge Education safer recruitment guidelines.

All staff are given copies of the Child Protection Policy, the 2 DFE Guidance documents listed above and the Whistleblowing Policy; copies of all these documents are also displayed in the staff room. Staff are required to sign a form acknowledging that they have received and read these important documents.

The Designated Member of Staff (DMS) for child protection is:         Diane Thompson

The Deputy Designated Member of Staff for child protection is:   Matt Britt. If for any reason none of these staff are available any concerns must be reported immediately to a senior teacher, EYFS – Jane Carrington, Key Stage 1 – Katie Hanley, Lower Key Stage 2 – James Wiltshire or Upper Key Stage 2 – Tracey Boanas.

The Lead Governor for child protection is: Aline Littlejohn.

Statutory background

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty upon all Canonbury staff and governors to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Canonbury follows the DFE ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ guidance (2006) and London Child Protection Procedures (2007) which provide a framework for enabling the school to fulfil its statutory duties effectively and efficiently in the best interests of our children.  A copy of the LCP Procedures is kept in Diane’s office and is available on the London Safeguarding Board website:

We are a telling school and everyone is encouraged to be open in raising concerns so that practice can be constantly improved and children kept safe at all times.

Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters, or ECM for short, is a government initiative that was launched in 2003, at least partly in response to the death of Victoria Climbié. It is considered to be one of the most important policy initiative and development programmes in relation to children and children’s services of the last decade. Its main aims are for every child, whatever their background or circumstances, to have the support that they need to:

  • Be healthy – enjoying good mental health and living a healthy lifestyle
  • Stay safe – being protected from harm and neglect
  • Enjoy and achieve –getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood
  • Make a positive contribution – being involved with the community and society and not engaging in anti-social or offending behaviour
  • Achieve economic well-being – not being prevented by economic disadvantage from achieving full potential in life

We have worked hard to ensure that all aspects of our provision reflect our commitment to the Every Child Matters outcomes.