The UK Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’
In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe. This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act (1989) and (2004). It is also mentioned in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in their document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
Roles in a madrassah that involve supervising or being left alone in charge of children require an enhanced DBS check (previously called CRB check).
It is against the law for madrassahs to employ someone or allow them to volunteer for this kind of work if they know they’re on one of the barred lists.
- Staff must be committed to protecting pupils from all forms of abuse.
- Staff must undergo DBS checks before starting work.
- The Madrassah should have an up to date Child Protection Policy as well as an e-safety policy.
- All staff should be familiar with the Policies, how to safeguard children and how to report abuse.
- All staff should undergo training in Level 1 Child Safeguarding