Ilkley Grammar School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our students. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance. 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 safeguarding children. 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. To support safeguarding IGS is committed to robust safer recruitment practices.
- All staff have read the current Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance from the Department of Education. Click HERE to read the latest version.
- We also comply with Working Together to Safeguard Children which can be read HERE.
- Please click HERE to access our Trust's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
If you have any questions regarding safeguarding, please contact our Safeguarding Team on Safeguarding@ilkleygs.co.uk
Extremism Safeguarding Responsibilities
As a school we have procedures in place to ensure the safety of our pupils in Ilkley Grammar School. We have clear processes and procedures in place to meet the safeguarding responsibilities specified in the Department for Education guidance "Keeping Children Safe in Education" and "Working Together to Safeguard Children".
Since July 2015, schools and a range of other public bodies have had a legal responsibility to give due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This is known as the Prevent duty and is part of Ilkley Grammar School's wider safeguarding.
We already help safeguard pupils from the harms they may face such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation. Just like these harms, radicalisation can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. Protecting pupils from the influence of extremist ideas is therefore an important part a school's safeguarding role.
Many extremist groups now make sophisticated use of the internet and social media to target young people and spread their ideology at an unprecedented pace and scale. This has made young people more vulnerable to being influenced by extremist ideas.
Our Governors and Leadership Team play a crucial role in ensuring we protect children and young people from this threat. Members of our Safeguarding Team have undertaken specialised training in this subject and as a school we foster a strong ethos and values based education which plays an important role in ensuring that our students build the resilience and critical thinking skills they need to challenge extremism and be fully prepared for life in modern Britain.