Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. It is our willingness to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour that underpins this commitment. Everyone is expected to adhere to this ‘Code of Conduct’ and the ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Educational Settings (updated in 2019 by The Safer Recruitment Consortium) which is available on the school’s website. Everyone must also read and understand part one of Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2016). This code of conduct aims to support adults so they don’t work in a manner which might lead to an allegation against them. Equally it aims to reduce the opportunity for any adult intent on grooming or harming a young person. It encourages you to work in an open and transparent way that should avoid someone questioning your motives, intentions or suitability to work with young people. It is a key principle of this code of conduct that everyone understands their responsibility to share without delay any concerns they may have about a child’s welfare or an adult’s behaviour towards a young person. In addition, everyone has a responsibility to escalate their concerns to the Local Authority Designated Officer (Knowsley MASH 0151 443 2600 or the L.A.D.O on 0151 443 4002) if they feel that safeguarding concerns they have raised about a child or adult working at the school are not being addressed by the school.