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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Information

The Designated Child Protection Teacher at Baydon St Nicholas is Mrs Caroline Knighton.

The Deputy Child Protection Teacher at Baydon St Nicholas is Mrs Emma Gilbert.

The Governor with responsibility for Child Protection is Mrs Donni Blackwell.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY OCT 2016

 

Information for Parents

Did you know that Wiltshire publishes a guide for parents on keeping your child safe? Click below to find out more.

Keeping your child safe

 Children and young people have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.

 Families have a right to expect schools to provide a safe and secure environment.
All schools have a legal duty to work with other agencies, for example social services and the police, to safeguard children’s welfare.  We have a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection matters affecting pupils at the school (Mrs Emma Gilbert).  We also have a Child Protection Policy, which explains how the school deals with child protection concerns, including allegations about the behaviour of members of staff.

We must follow:

  • the law
  • guidance from the Department for education and skills,
  • local multi agency child protection procedures.

If the school is worried about a pupil’s welfare, this must refer this on to a social worker.

The school will normally let the parent(s) know when they do this. But we will not contact the parents if they think this would put the child or young person at risk of harm.

When the school refers a child protection concern to a social worker we must share all relevant information about the pupil.

The Data protection act allows schools to share personal information with other agencies when there are child protection concerns about a child or young person.

Within 24 hours of receiving the referral, the social worker, usually in consultation with other agencies, will decide what should happen next. They may decide that no further action is needed or they may decide that it needs looking into further. What action is taken will depend on the circumstances. Any of the following may be appropriate:

  • An Initial Assessment
  • Child Protection enquiries. This includes agencies assessing the risks to any children based upon information shared, research and talking to those concerned.
  • If the referral is about an allegation about a member of staff, a strategy discussion will take place between the school, education representatives, social services and the police, to decide what should happen next.

They will contact you to let you know what is happening as soon as possible.

You can find more information by:

  • Speaking to the ‘Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding’ at your school.
  • Looking at multi-agency child protection procedures on the South West Child Protection Procedures website: www.swcpp.org.uk.
  • Contacting your named social worker or the Wiltshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 4560108 or if there is immediate danger phone 999.

 


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