Our Safeguarding Policy

At Somerset we are proud to be accredited with the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award.

This is an award which is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We aim to uphold the principles of the Convention which relate to this policy:

Article 3
“The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them”.
“….institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health, in the number and suitability of their staff, as well as competent supervision.”

Article 19
“Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and mistreatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.”

Article 33
“Governments must protect children from the use of illegal drugs”

Article 34
“Governments must protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation”

Article 36
“Governments must protect children from all other forms of exploitation that might harm them”.