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Safeguarding

Leighton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

'SEE IT, SAY IT, STOP IT’

Safeguarding is the responsibility of all members of our school community. The welfare of our children is of the greatest importance and our staff are trained frequently to ensure they are able to recognise and report concerns effectively.

We work closely with many agencies to ensure we support families in accessing child protection/TAF processes as necessary. For more information about our safeguarding processes at Leighton, please visit the ‘Safeguarding’ page.

If you have any concerns about a child, please use the link below to contact Peterborough Children’s Social Care. Alternatively, please contact Mrs Gray (DSL) cgray@leightonprimary.net 

https://peterborough-self.achieveservice.com/service/Childrens_Services_online_referral_form

The school's safeguarding policy provides clear direction to all members of our school community about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. 

There are three main aims to our Safeguarding Policy:

1. Prevention: by creating a positive school atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to pupils;

2. Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Safeguarding concerns;

3. Support: by providing support for pupils and school staff and for children who may have been or are being abused.

For further support and guidance with anything in relation to safeguarding and child protection at Leighton Primary School, please contact one of the Designated/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads below:

 

Mrs Clare Gray - DHT - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Emma Ward - HT - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Daniel Saull - DHT - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

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 Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) 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 school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

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 or Designated Person) 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 “may….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.

Please find the link below for further information about support available for children through the NSPCC website.

Should you have any immediate concerns about a child within the school community, please contact Clare Gray or Emma Ward, through the school office - 01733 232949.
 
Peterborough Children's Social Care can also be contacted on the following number 0345 045 5203
 
A referral to Peterborough Children's Social Care can also be made through the following link: