Our school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.

The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services about a child in need of protection.  Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.

For further information see see the following document. The Prevent Duty for parents

Please click here to find information on the different types of child abuse and advice on what to do if you suspect a child is being abused.

To demonstrate our commitment to safeguarding children we pledge to: 

  • ensure that children are visible, their voices heard and their needs, views and wishes addressed
  • recognise that some children may be more vulnerable to harm due to their age, specific needs, home circumstances, online activity, associations or other contextual factors
  • work in partnership with other agencies, always acting in the best interests of children
  • act without delay to protect children from harm and abuse
  • provide early help before children’s needs escalate further
  • apply the local ‘levels of need guidance’ to assess and re-evaluate children’s needs
  • share information promptly to support a collective and holistic assessment of children’s needs
  • strengthen relationships with families, supporting them to build resilience by adopting a solution focused approach
  • attend all multi-agency meetings to ensure collective responsibility for achieving positive outcomes for children in a timely way
  • ensure agencies challenge each other so that actions are taken promptly, avoiding professional drift
  • follow local multi-agency procedures to escalate concerns until there is an appropriate resolution
  • participate in regular and effective supervision with my peers so that there is strong oversight of decisions made and actions taken
  • meet all mandatory training requirements, regularly updating my professional knowledge whilst applying any learning to my practice and cascading to others