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Child Protection

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 and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriated and effective support and protection.

The law 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.  The school may keep records of welfare concerns about children. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care.  However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared effectively 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.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when there is reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.  Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Designated Person) 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, schools or 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 whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.

There are three people designated for child protection — the headteacher, deputy headteacher and and a member of staff from our inclusion team.

e-Safety

Keeping children safe while they are using ICT is a key part of our curriculum. It is essential for you to help build safe habits for using ICT by supporting what we teach in school. There are lots of useful resources available at the ThinkUKnow website:

https://thinkuknow.co.uk/Parents/