Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must:
"make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children".
At Elton, we endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. All staff are trained to be fully alert to signs of abuse and neglect, and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that all children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
We would ask you to be aware 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, emotional or sexual abuse. Records of any concerns regarding a child's welfare will be kept. Where possible, these concerns will be shared with parents, including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that we may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers (Please refer to our safeguarding policy, paragraph 2.8)
In accordance with Information Sharing protocol, we 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.
We will seek advice from Social Care if we have reasonable casue to suspect that a child is suffering from, or likely to suffer from, significant harm.
Occasionally, concerns may be passed on to Social Care, which are later shown to be unfounded. We would ask parents and carers to appreciate that the member of staff in school with responsibility for child protection (Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Claire Arnold/ Designated Person - Mrs Lisa Beasley) were carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of the child.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, we "may...do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare" - this may mean that on rare occasions, a school may need to "hold" a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.
At Elton Church of England Primary School, we acknowledge that all members of staff have a duty and responsibility in safeguarding our children and all staff have current Basic Child Protection Training accreditation. Additionally, two named members of staff are Designated Personnel- Claire Arnold (Designated Lead) and Lisa Beasley. Two Governors have joint responsibility in matters of Safeguarding and Child Protection - Tim Hitch and Ellen Tranter.
Our Safeguarding Policy is adopted from the model policy of the Education Child Protection Service, Cambridgeshire County Council, which was revised and updated in August 2017. A draft version is available on the attachment below, and we expect this to be ratified at the next meeting of the Full Governing Body on 13th November 2017.