SAFEGUARDING OUR STUDENTS
Writhlington School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.
There are five main elements to our policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
The designated teacher for Child Protection is Mrs Carolyn Lanning who will be able to help if you have specific questions about the school's approach to Child Protection.
If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect we must follow the procedures in our child protection policy.
In almost all circumstances we will talk to you about our concerns and we will also tell you if we feel we must refer our concerns to children's social care. We will ask your consent to make a referral, but in some circumstances we may need to make the referral against your wishes. We will only do this if we genuinely believe that this is the best way to protect your child, and the fact that you did not consent to the referral will be recorded.