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Child Protection Policy

A child protection policy (CPP) sets the framework for the expectations around child safety from the board of trustees. The interests and protection of the child is paramount at all times. The principal should have the delegated authority to develop the procedures that support the policy.

The requirements of the CPP

A CPP is a mandatory requirement for school boards under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 . It must:

Changing the culture

Whilst the development of the policy is the responsibility of the board, involving other people in its development will help to change the culture of the whole community including staff, parents and students. Developing a CPP provides an opportunity for the board to reflect on its current culture and address any concerns, attitudes or behaviour to ensure the safety of children is put first.

Create the need

You will need to motivate your school board, staff, parents and school community to recognise the importance of creating a safe environment for children and help them understand that child safety is paramount.

To do this your board could

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