Safeguarding is the action that people take to keep all children and young people safe. All children and young people have a right to be protected from harm. Child protection is the process of protecting children and young people who have identified as suffering, or likely to suffer harm as a result of abuse.
As required the school has a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection. There are also two deputy designate safeguarding leads:
The John Bentley School has a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy This document sets out the process for dealing with child protection concerns. A copy of this document can be found by clicking the link above. If you require a paper copy of the policy, please ask at reception. This policy also sets out the process of reporting allegations about members of staff, including volunteers.
All adults in school including volunteers, must have regular training to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know what to do about their concerns. They have a duty to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The school has a legal duty to talk to other agencies such as Children’s Social Care and the Police if they think a child or young person may be at risk of harm.
What do you need to know?
If anyone in school is worried about the welfare of your child this will be discussed with you unless they think that this conversation could put your child at a greater risk of harm. The school must share all relevant information with Children’s Social Care if they are concerned about your child. The social worker may consult with other agencies before deciding what should happen next. They will also speak to you about the concern and keep you informed about what is happening.
If there is an allegation about an adult who works at the school, the school will hold discussions with the Police and Children’s Social Care. If your child is involved, you will be kept informed of any discussions and decisions as appropriate.