keeping learners safeA Safe Learning Environment

We follow the Welsh Government guidance ‘Keeping Learners Safe’.

Elfed High School is responsible for enabling students to have optimum life chances by:

  • Protecting them from abuse and neglect;
  • Preventing impairment of their health or development; and
  • Ensuring that they receive safe and effective care.

In order to fulfil this responsibility, Elfed High School will:

  • Create and maintain a safe learning environment
  • Identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address these;
  • Develop of understanding, awareness, and resilience through the curriculum.

You can read more about our Safeguarding procedures here.

Systems are in place at Elfed High School to:

  • Prevent unsuitable people from working with students;
  • Promote safe practice;
  • Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a student’s welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe; and
  • Contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for children and young people.

The following policies and procedures are in place to comply with guidance issued by the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council:

1. Child Protection Policy and Procedures to:

Protect specific children who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. Child protection training procedures are detailed in the policy.

2. Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Students

Policies and procedures include:

  • Health and Safety Policy (including security of the school site and buildings);
  • DBS Checking Policy (Checking procedures for the safe recruitment of staff and visitors to the school);
  • E L F E D Wellbeing Policy (including behaviour management and anti bullying);
  • Additional Learning Needs Policy (including support for medical conditions);
  • Sex and Relationships Education Policy;
  • Drugs and Substance Misuse Policy;
  • Equality and Diversity Policy and Plan;
  • First Aid procedures;
  • Educational Visits procedures (including welfare of pupils on extended vocational placements);
  • Acceptable Use Policy (ICT, Internet/e-safety);
  • Positive Handling and Physical Intervention Policy;
  • Prevent and  Anti-radicalisation Plan.

3. Internet safety

We work with families and students to encourage responsible digital citizenship.  

Workshops and information sessions for parents, governors and students support this important aspect of our work.  There is plenty of information for parents on the Learning Wales website, Hwb


Success indicators

We know that the safeguarding policies and procedures are effective because:

  • Students show positive attitudes to keeping healthy and safe,
  • Students participate and enjoy learning,
  • High standards of behaviour and attendance;
  • Students’ involvement in their school community and decision making;
  • Students demonstrate social and life skills,
  • Low levels of fixed term exclusions/permanent exclusions,
  • Feedback from stakeholders:
    • Listening to learners, in particular the responses to questions about feeling safe, bullying, having someone to talk to if worried, keeping healthy and taking regular exercise;
    • Responses to the parents and carers, especially the questions about encouragement to be healthy and take exercise, being safe and receiving the additional support for any particular needs;
    • Absence of complaints.