Here at St Stephen’s CE Primary School we are a community and all those directly connected i.e. staff members, Governors, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.
St Stephen’s CE Primary School adheres to the principles outlines in the Children’s Act 1989, believing that all children have a right to be protected from abuse. All members of staff have a responsibility to be aware of the procedures to be followed in cases of suspected child abuse. Staff in regular contact with children are well placed to notice signs of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, behavioural change or failure to develop as expected.
If a member of staff suspects a child may be at risk or hears a disclosure from a child, the Headteacher (Child Protection Officer) will be informed. The member of staff will then be asked to complete a recording form if they have not already done so to provide an accurate account of any discussions or observations regarding the child concerned. Any records are then passed to the Headteacher as they are confidential documents and are kept in a locked Child Protection File.
The Headteacher is LEGALLY BOUND to inform Social Care of any concerns that she has.
Safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
For further information, please read our school policy and/or look at the information in the sections about this area.