Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools recognises its legal duty under the Education Act 2002, the 1989 (Section 87) and 2004 Children Acts, Safer Recruitment in Education and Department of Education Guidance to Safeguard Children, “What To Do If You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused” and takes seriously its responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all children.

The school recognises that effective child protection work requires sounds procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations. Safer recruitment procedures are followed and the School is aware of the requirements of “Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against Teachers and Other Staff “(revised October 2012).

This procedures document provides the basis for good practice within the school for Child Protection work. It should be read in conjunction with Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children Board Inter-Agency Child Protection Policies and Procedures. These are in keeping with relevant national procedures and reflect what the Directorate considers to be safe and professional practice in this context. Child Protection has to be considered within professionals’ wider “safeguarding” responsibilities that include a duty to co-operate under the Children Act 2004. Within the context of Every Child Matters, this takes account of the need for children “being healthy and staying safe”.

These procedures aim to provide a framework which ensures that all practice in the area of child protection is consistent with stated values and procedures that underpin all work with children and young people