It may be helpful for parents/carers to know that the law requires all the school staff to pass on information which raises concern that a child may be at risk from radicalisation, non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that, where there are grounds for concern, it is better to be over cautious than to risk a child's safety. Schools therefore have an unavoidable duty to contact Social Care. Occasionally, this duty means that the Headteachers or other staff member (as Designated Child Protection officers) must risk upsetting some parents by reporting a concern which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In these circumstances, it is hoped that parents / carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that the action was taken in good faith and in the best interest of the children. Any parent who would like further information on this subject should consult the Headteacher who has the authority's manual outlining the procedures concerning child protection issues. The Chair of Governors can also be consulted.
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must "make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children". We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse, radicalisation and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, inform them of a referral to Social Care. However, this will only be done 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 securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Designated Child Protection Officers : Mrs V. Penty and Mrs S. Barnes
Designated Prevent officer: Mrs V. PentyDesignated Child Protection and Prevent Governor Officer : Mrs J. Moore (Chair of Governors)