Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information that gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible will inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will be done only where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared effectively and sensitively. Information will be shared with other services only where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm.
Occasionally, concerns are passed on that are later shown to be unfounded. We trust that parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may ….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare” This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school while Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.
Mrs N Moore
Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs S Else
Family Support Co-ordinator & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms R Jenkins
Leader of Curriculum & Teaching & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead