Safeguarding and Child Protection
Schools are advised to inform parents/carers of their safeguarding and child protection procedures, their statutory responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and the requirements to report child protection concerns to Children’s Social Care.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 requires the Designated Safeguarding Lead to ensure that the school’s safeguarding and child protection policy is available publicly (eg. via the school website) and that parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school in that process.
‘Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and discuss the need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’
For more information, read the Staying Safe Online page on Facebook.
Our Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy can be found on our Policies page.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
The Designated Safeguarding staff at our school are:
- Mr Simms
- Miss Hickman
- Miss Drissell
- Mrs Mills