WHAT IS CHILD PROTECTION?
Child Protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have been identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse. There are four types of abuse:
Safeguarding is the action that people take to keep all children safe, for example:
- Protect children from harm
- Ensure that they are safe and well looked after
- Take action so that all children are able to grow up in a safe environment.
ALL CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM HARM
Here at Larkhill Primary School we have a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection. This person has the title of Designated Safeguarding Lead, our designated safeguarding lead is Mrs Emily Taylor. In his absence any concerns should be given to Mrs Sasha Owen, Deputy Safeguarding Lead. We also have a Nominated Safeguarding Governor, Mr. Jim Dyne, who will also deal with any concerns you may have.
Our Child Protection Policy will set out the process for dealing with child protection concerns. If you would like to read this policy you will find it under 'Policies' in the 'About our School' section. We can, however, provide you with a paper copy; please ask at the school office. This policy will also set out the process for reporting allegations about members of staff, including volunteers.
All adults in school, including volunteers, must have regular training to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know what to do about their concerns. They have a duty to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. All staff and volunteers in school will have also undertaken a Disclosure and Barring Service check before working with children in any capacity.
THE WELFARE OF YOUR CHILD IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
If anyone in school is worried about the welfare of your child this will be discussed with you unless they think that this conversation could put your child at a greater risk of harm. We will also share all relevant information with Children’s Social Care if we are concerned about your child.
The social worker may consult with other agencies before deciding what should happen next. They will also speak to you about the concern and keep you informed about what is happening.
If there is an allegation about an adult who works in school, we will hold discussions with the Police and Children’s Social Care. If your child is involved, you will be kept informed of any discussions and decisions as appropriate.
FAMILIES HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPECT SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE A SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN
It may be that you are approached by a child who wants to talk to you about something that has or is happening to them. They will tend to chose someone that they trust or know well and this will not always be their own class teacher. It may be someone who listens to them read or whom they have built a good relationship with.
There may however be occasions when you have cause for concern either about marks or bruises on a child, about something that they have said or the condition that they are in at school e.g. dirty, smelly or hungry.
You will find additional information at:
The Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board: www.wiltshirelscb.org.uk
The Department for Education website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2
Childline: www.childline/org.uk they also offer a free 24-hour telephone helpline:0800 111