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Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes


Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

All employees of and professional visitors to Muskham Primary School have a legal responsibility to ensure that every individual child in school is safeguarded in line with School Policy.  Mrs Crossland and Mrs Tansley are the school's named "Designated Persons for Safeguarding" and are responsible for both the safeguarding of all pupils and the management of concerns raised about individual pupils. Dr Damion McCormick is the nominated Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding. 

Muskham Primary School recognises that providing "Early Help" is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. "Early Help" means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. 

When considering concerns raised about a child, the National Assessment Framework is used:

National Assessment Framework

In addition to policies on the "Policies" page of this website, the following links and documents will provide further information and advice: