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.
Northborough Primary 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 appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that 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 and emotional or sexual abuse. 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.
This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information Sharing Protocols, Northborough Primary Primary School will ensure that information is shared securely 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.
Northborough Primary School will seek advice from Social Care when they have 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(s) of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Person for Child Protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
|Mr S Mallott||Head Teacher/ Designated Child Protection Officer|
|Mr H Day||Deputy Head/ Designated Child Protection Officer|
|Mrs C Cavanagh||Safeguarding Governor|
The Head and Deputy Head have undertaken Child Protection Officer training and oversees the Managment of this in school on a daily basis with the support of the entire staff.
They may all be contacted on the school number: 01733 252204
The designated governor for child protection is Mrs Catherine Cavanagh. In the event of a parent/guardian or carer wishing to contact our governors it is necessary that the concern is made in writing, placed in a sealed envelope, marked Private and Confidential and handed to the school office who will ensure this is delivered as a matter of urgency to Mrs Cavanagh.
Peterborough Local Authority has a Safe Guarding Board use this link to view the website
We are committed to providing a safe environment for each and every child in our care.
Partnership with parents and carers.
We make sure our safeguarding policies and procedures, and information relating to the duty we have to keep children safe is fully accessible to all our parents and carers. This information is available on our website and in our school prospectus.
All children with safeguarding needs are carefully monitored to ensure they have affective support to communicate their needs to staff and feel valued. All learners will be helped to fulfil their potential.
Children with additional needs are identified at the earliest possible opportunity, and referred to other practitioners as appropriate
Safer recruitment and selection.
We will follow safer selection practices to identify, deter and reject those who might be unsuited to work with children. We will ensure that adults are aware of how to deal with allegations of child abuse made against other members of staff and support them to do so. Allegations made against staff are referred to the Designated Officer at the local authority.
A safe learning environment.
We are committed to providing a secure environment, where all learners feel safe; where it is ok to talk and we listen to our students; where they do not face bullying, racism, homophobia or other discrimination, and where medical needs are met.
All staff, including supply and temporary, and volunteers are appropriately trained in safeguarding children. They understand their responsibilities and who to refer concerns to. They are confident about what is expected of them in their day to day role in order to safeguard children and young people.
Safeguarding policies, procedures and guidance.
Safeguarding documents are easily accessible and are understood by all staff and volunteers. All staff and volunteers are expected to follow safeguarding procedures. Policies are reviewed annually.