Our child protection policy

This is a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment to safeguarding children involved with us and keeping them from harm. The essential inclusions for a child protection policy are outlined below:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount

  • No child or group of children must be treated any less favorably than others in being able to access services which meet their particular needs

  • All children without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs

  • The policy is reviewed, approved and endorsed by the board of trustees annually or when legislation changes

  • Whom the policy applies to (ie all trustees, staff and volunteers)

  • Children and parents are informed of the policy and procedures as appropriate

  • All concerns and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously by staff and responded to appropriately - this may require a referral to children’s social care services, the independent Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for allegations against staff, trustees and other volunteers, and in emergencies, the police

  • A commitment to safe recruitment, selection, and vetting

  • Reference to principles, legislation, and guidance that underpin the policy

  • Arrangements for policy and procedures review

  • Reference to all associated policies and procedures which promote children’s safety and welfare eg with regards to health and safety, anti-bullying, protection of children online, and photography

  • All information will be treated strictly private and confidential and only passed to the appropriate person normally the CPO.


All of Swale Home Education staff who have direct contact with children are vetted to the highest possible level. We do spot checks on the DBS files.

We take Child safety very seriously and follow a strict code of practice that is passed down to us from BACP. All our staff are insured with Towergate PLC insurance.