Copford Primary School acknowledges that it has a non-negotiable duty of care to safeguard, protect and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and Essex Safeguarding Board requirements.

There are several supporting policies e.g. Child Protection Policy, Safer Recruiting etc which support the culture of vigilance, transparency and safeguarding. All these policies apply to the whole school community who have a collective responsibility for safeguarding of all. These all reflect the Six Principles of Safeguarding

Empowerment ~ support vulnerable people to make their own informed decisions.

Prevention ~ take action to stop abuse, harm and neglect before it occurs.

Proportionality ~ respond in the least intrusive manner as appropriate to the risk.

Protection ~ understand the best way to support and protect vulnerability.  

Partnership ~ work with other organisations and the local community to keep people safe

Accountability ~ everyone close to a vulnerable person is responsible for raising safeguarding concerns.