gateways Safeguarding Statement 2023- 2024

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children and young people from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s and young people’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children and young people are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Safeguarding includes:

Safeguarding is underpinned by core working practices including child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on trips, anti-bullying work and so much more. gateways central team plays a key role in training, leading and auditing safeguarding across the charity. We work very closely with Local Authorities to ensure that we are fully joined up in our approach and that we develop a strong and pervasive safeguarding culture in every aspect of gateways life.

Each school and alternative provision publishes its own safeguarding policy, outlining local arrangements and noting all key safeguarding staff.

gateways adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • The Prevent Duty

gateways have a suite of safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly and can be found on this website.

All our staff, whatever their role, receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within gateways. If any members of gateways or the local community have concerns about the welfare of a young person who attends gateways, please pass them onto one of our safeguarding team at the following email safeguarding@gateways.org.uk

As an alternative provision, safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do.

We expect that all adults and young people at gateways will do the following:

  • show ‘professional’ curiosity and identify young people who may need help
  • ensure the voice of the young person is heard
  • understand harm and acting safely
  • be involved in early assessment, intervention and monitoring as appropriate
  • understand the effects of poverty and neglect
  • look to effective, impactful role-modelling

We expect that everyone will be proactive in ensuring that young people are safe at all times.

We expect that all users, providers, staff and trustees at gateways are familiar with the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.