Safeguarding and Child Protection
Bolton Muslim Girls School upholds the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance for schools 2021.
A copy can be found using the following link:
We agree that a child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding is crucial to ensure that all learners are protected and supported. The document states:
'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners 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. No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.'
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
• protecting children from maltreatment;
• preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
• ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at BMGS is Mrs Helen Andiyapan, Deputy Headteacher.
Mrs Kulsum Vali, Assistant Headteacher, is the deputy designated safeguarding lead.
Mrs Arifa Mogra (KS3) and Mrs Salma Chapti (KS4) are all trained to Level 3 in Safeguarding.
Should the school be concerned about the safety of a learner and suspect abuse or neglect, we will phone Referral and Assessment (MASSS) duty social workers. Where possible we will inform parents that this is our course of action.
After a referral, the school will work with the family and the learner in creating an 'Early Help' plan. The purpose of this is to bring together extra support for the family. This may be for any reason including health, education, parenting, emotional well-being and many more. Assessing the situation and putting together a plan of action where outside agencies can support the family is called a Child Action Meeting.
An Early Help plan can also be used outside of the referral to social services process. It can be really helpful should any member of the family feel that they need support with an issue, and would like the school to help gather outside agencies to work alongside them. If you would like to initiate an Early Help Plan please contact your daughter's Head of Year.