Stourfield Infant School has a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection matters affecting pupils at school. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Foyle, who also leads on the Prevent agenda and E-Safety. The Designated Safeguarding Deputy is Mrs Harris. The school has a Safeguarding Policy, which explains how the school deals with child protection concerns, including allegations about the behaviour of members of staff.
All schools must follow:
If the school is worried about a pupil's safety and welfare they must refer this onto Children First and then after consideration of information this may transfer to the Safeguarding and Assessment Team.
- The law
- Guidance from the Department of Education and Skills
- Local multi-agency child protection procedures
The school will normally let the pupil's parent(s) know when we do this, but we do not contact parents if we think that this could put a child at risk of harm.
When a school refers a child protection concern it 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.
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 the information shared, research and talking to those concerned.
- If the referral relates to an allegation about a member of staff, usually a strategy discussion will take place between the school, the local authority, the Local Allegations Designated Officer and the police, to decide what will happen next.
- They will contact the parent to let them know what is happening as soon as possible.
This school receives information form the police to alert the Designated Safeguarding Lead in the school when there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a household where a pupil lives. We are not informed of the detail of the incident, only that one has occurred. This allows us to monitor and support the pupil. If we have additional concerns we will discuss the need for further safeguarding actions with Social Care. This information would only be shared with other staff on a restricted need to know basis i.e. those who are immediately responsible for the pupil's welfare, such as the class teacher. Where a multi agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) occurs the school may be asked for information and appropriate school related information may be shared with the school after the meeting.
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 and the police to safeguard children's welfare.