Responsibilities and Immediate Action
All adults working in this School (including visiting staff, volunteers and students on placement) are required to report instances of actual or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Designated Senior Lead with responsibility for child protection. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs S Cain. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Miss H McKay. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is also the first point of contact for external agencies who are pursuing Child Protection (CP) investigations and co-ordinates the School’s representation at CP conferences and Core Group meetings (including the submission of written reports for conferences). The parent/carer will normally be contacted before a referral is made to Children’s Social Care (Children’s Services). However, if the concern involves alleged or suspected sexual abuse or the Designated Person has reason to believe that informing the parent at this stage might compromise the safety of the child or a staff member, nothing will be said ahead of the referral. In circumstances where a child has an unexplained or suspicious injury that requires urgent medical attention, the CP referral process should not delay the administration of first aid or emergency medical assistance. If a pupil is thought to be at immediate risk because of parental violence, intoxication, substance abuse, mental illness or threats to remove the child during the School day, for example, urgent Police intervention will be requested. All parents applying for places at this school will be informed of our safeguarding responsibilities and the existence of this policy. In situations where pupils sustain injury or are otherwise affected by an accident or incident whilst they are the responsibility of the School, parents will be notified of this as soon as possible.