SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN - INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Our school feels it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguardng their welfare throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. The school has a safeguarding and child protection policy, parents may request a copy of this.
It is important for parents to be aware that staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of additional support or help of some kind or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse.
There are four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect.
In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to children's social care staff, for children to be assessed for their needs or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required. In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to children's social care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
Children's social care tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion. It has to gather information and generally it can be open with parents about the steps being taken.
If you think your child may have been abused you can contact the children's social care office or the Local Authority's Access & Welfare Service direct. If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Headteacher or the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who is Mrs S Aspland (infant school and junior ) or Mr G Lathem (junior school). If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor. Comfort and reassure your child.
Click on the links below for advice or information regarding keeping children safe and how to record your concerns.
Worried About A Child
IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOURSELF, OR A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON PLEASE CONTACT:
Hampshire Children's Services: 0845 6035620 (24 hours) You do not need to know everything about the child or young person and what is happening before contacting us.
IN AN EMERGENCY CONTACT THE POLICE BY DIALLING 999
For further information on all services for children, young people and their families in Hampshire please see the Family Information Directory: www3.hants.gov.uk/familyinformationdirectory