At Newborough Church of England Primary School, we take safeguarding seriously. We have two Designated Safeguarding personnel who deal with any concerns raised about a child's wellbeing:
- Mrs Marrs (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Mrs Goulbourne (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Our governor with safeguarding responsibilities is:
Mrs J French
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), 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.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board (CPSCPB) 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, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent / carer, and where possible inform them of any referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Schools 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 of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child "do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare". This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to "hold" a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.