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(Terminology from Ofsted Report). What is meant by the term 'safeguarding'?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children's health or 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.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child. Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18. You may wish to read further - the DFE has published a document called 'Keeping Children Safe in Education, which can be found on the DFE website.

This is one area that Ofsted inspect when visiting a school. Ofsted found Woodhey's safeguarding procedures to be effective.

Woodhey High School,
Bolton Road West,
Ramsbottom, Bury,
BL0 9QZ