Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility
‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’
Anfield Road Primary School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act, without delay, to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment.
The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
What are Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs?
Adverse Childhood Experiences, (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences that can have a huge impact on children and young people throughout their lives. The ten widely recognised (ACEs), as identified in a US study from the 1990s, are:
As well as these 10 ACEs, there is a range of other types of childhood adversity. These can have similar negative long term effects. These include bereavement, bullying, poverty In addition to these there are community adversities such as living in a deprived area, neighbourhood violence etc. Adversity in childhood can create harmful levels of stress which impact healthy brain development. For instance, this can results in long term effects on learning, behaviour and health. The impact of ACEs can be huge. ACEs have been found to be associated with a range of poorer health and social outcomes in adulthood. These increase as the number of ACEs increase.
Our aim is to reduce the ACEs that our children may experience, as well as supporting children when ACEs have occurred.