Monmouthshire County Council cabinet members have agreed the introduction of a new safeguarding policy and procedure for all providers of education and support to children and their families. This new guidance builds on All Wales Child Protection procedures and helps to create a safe learning environment for children and their families as well as staff and individuals who work or deliver within education. Furthermore, it emphasises that protecting children is about more than recognising when a child may be at risk of harm as it identifies that educational providers have a responsibility to consider the individual wellbeing of each child.
The council has adopted the Welsh Government’s seven core aims to ensure that all children and their families have the best chance of improving their lives.
These aims are that all children and young people:
1. have a flying start in life
2. have a comprehensive range of education and learning opportunities
3. enjoy the best possible health and are free from abuse, victimisation and exploitation
4. have access to play, leisure, sporting and cultural activities
5. are listened to, treated with respect, and have their race and cultural identity recognised
6. have a safe home and a community which supports physical and emotional wellbeing
7. are not disadvantaged by poverty.
County Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for children & young people said: “The introduction of the new safeguarding policy and procedure demonstrates that the council takes child protection extremely seriously. The policy and procedure strengthen the delivery of creating a safe learning environment for children, their families and for staff and individuals within the education sector.”