If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect we must follow the procedures in our child protection policy. You can look at the policy in school, on our website or receive a copy to take home. Please just ask at reception.
The procedures have been written to protect all pupils. They comply with our statutory responsibilities and are designed to support pupils, families and staff. The procedures are based on the principle that the welfare of the child is the most important consideration.
In almost all circumstances, we will talk to you about our concerns and we will also tell you if we feel we must refer our concerns to children’s social care. We will ask your consent to make a referral, but in some circumstances we may need to make the referral against your wishes. We will only do this if we genuinely believe that this is the best way to protect your child, and the fact that you did not consent to the referral will be recorded.
If we think that talking to you first might in some way increase the risk to your child, we will report our concerns to children’s social care and take advice from them. We will normally tell you that a referral is being made and we will record the reasons why we decided to follow this course of action.
All child protection records are kept separate from your child’s general school file. Records are stored in a locked cabinet or drawer, and if stored on computer they are password-protected. The only staff who have access to the records are those who need to know about the concerns in order to protect and support your child.
You can ask to see what information is held on your child, and we will normally agree to this, but if we are unsure we will seek advice from the local authority designated officer or children’s social care first.
Child protection is a very sensitive issue and it raises many questions and a range of strong emotions. We will do everything we can support our pupils and you can be assured that any action we take will be in the best interests of your child.
If you are in any way concerned about the safety or welfare of your child, or a child you may know, you should act without delay.
Many people can often be afraid that their suspicions might be wrong, or that they will be interfering unnecessarily. It is important that if you have any suspicions that you don’t succumb to these fears so, if you wish, you can telephone for advice without identifying the child.
If the subsequent conversation confirms that you are right to be concerned, you can then give the child’s details.
You will be asked for your name and address too, but the agencies will also take anonymous calls, so if you really do not want to say who you are, you do not have to.
Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
If you have concerns call MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)
Nottinghamshire MASH 0300 500 8090 From 8.30 am - 5.00 pm Mon-Thurs and 8,30am - 4.30pm Fri
The emergency duty team is available outside these hours on 0300 456 4546
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