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Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


“In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be of primary consideration”


Article 3 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child



The central thrust of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 is that the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration, and it is this essential principle which underpins Victoria Park Primary School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and procedures.


We fully recognise that the pupils in our charge have a fundamental right to be protected from harm and we will do whatever is reasonable to safeguard our pupils’ safety and well-being.  Children cannot learn effectively or develop unless they feel secure.


There are three main elements to our policy:


  1. Procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of child abuse.


  1. Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers who work with our pupils.


  1. Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping our pupils with strategies to keep them safe.


This policy is consistent with the guidance and procedures set out in DE Revised Circular 2017/04, ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection – A Guide for Schools - Update’ (2 Sep 2019); ‘Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People in NI’ (DHSSPS 2016, refreshed Aug 2017); Regional Core Child Protection Procedures (Update Dec 2018) and Amendments (2008) and ‘Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland. A Seven Year Strategy 2013 – 2020’, and subsequent action plans.



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