The Governing Board of Whitgreave Infant and Junior Schools take seriously the responsibility (under section 175 of the Education Act 2002) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school, in order to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.
As a school, we aim to:
- Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- Ensure we carry out safe recruitment procedures in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Ensure all stakeholders are safe and feel that they are able to put the welfare of children first without concern that there will be any negative consequences attached to their actions.
- The Teacher Standards state that teachers should safeguard children’s well-being as part of their professional duties but we recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, all our staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse.
Support for Parents/Carers
Where parents/carers have concerns regarding their child’s safety and well-being, they are encouraged to come into school to discuss their concerns with staff within school.
School has a designated Family Liaison Officer and also, a Parent Support Advisor, however, parents/carers are welcome into school to discuss their concerns with any staff member, including the Head Teacher, as school has an ‘open door’ policy. School will do their very best to support parents/carers, in whatever way possible.
If parents/carers have any safeguarding concerns regarding their child, or any other child, further advice and guidance can be sought from the school’s Designated Child Protection Leaders.
In addition, parents/carers can seek advice from the NSPCC Website (National Society Prevention Cruelty Children) which contains a wealth of information relating to child safety.
A link to the NSPCC Website can be found here.
Further advice and support can also be found on the CEOP Website (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) which contains information relating to child exploitation and on-line safety issues.
A link to the CEOP Website can be found here.
Furthermore, parents/carers can also report any safeguarding concerns direct to the local Duty and Assessment Team.