The health, safety and welfare of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work at the Firs. Our children have the right to protection – regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
We are required to have rigorous policies and procedures in place to safeguard children. We have several members of staff who have undertaken specialist training and take on the roles of Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Safeguarding Lead (i.e. to deal with safeguarding and child protection concerns).
It may be helpful to know that the law places a duty on the Headteacher and her staff to report any obvious signs or suspected cases of child abuse – which include non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. The procedures are intended to protect children at risk and all schools nationally are expected to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that the school staff risks upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers would accept that the staff acted in what were believed to the child’s best interests of the child.
In line with government requirements the school maintains a central list of checks on appointed staff and adults who work in or visit the school. Any volunteer or parent working in the school is subject to full background checks. The school has an agreed Safeguarding (including Child Protection) Policy.
Useful phone numbers for parents
NSPCC helpline 0800 800 5000
NSPCC FGM Helpline 0800 028 3550
National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247