In no area do we adhere to this principle more firmly than Child Protection and Safeguarding. We were therefore delighted this week that over 30 of our senior leaders and colleagues with responsibility for student wellbeing from across our 3 campuses participated in Level 3 Safeguarding training led by specialists from the UK.
The day consisted of a range of practical workshops drawing together international best practice, case studies and contextually specific guidance to support us to further build an effective and robust culture throughout our school that places Safeguarding of children at its heart.
We know that building an effective safeguarding culture relies on a shared approach underpinned by robust processes. The opportunity to work together to reflect and hone our practice was an invaluable one and we hope that this gives all the BIS HCMC community - students, parents and teachers - the confidence that we together are well placed to provide the best environment for our young people to flourish.
We were able to reflect on the key principles that underpin our positive safeguarding culture:
- Empowerment: all our community being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions through a positive wellbeing curriculum and clear safeguarding guidelines
- Prevention: being proactive in ensuring we create the conditions for young people to flourish safe from harm
- Protection: Where young people are at risk, doing whatever we can to remove those risks following the principle, “The Welfare of the child is paramount”
- Partnership: In all aspects of safeguarding ensuring there is a strong partnership between student, school and parents.
“One of the key themes was that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. It gave us the opportunity to challenge our proactive whilst making connections cross-campus and between schools”. - Dai Pugh, Assistant Head of Sixth Form at BIS HCMC
“Collaboration is key to keeping our children safe.” - Simon Higham, Principal BVIS
We now look forward to putting our new learning into practice to further build on our safeguarding policies in school.
Sean O’Neill, Deputy Head, BIS HCMC Secondary Campus