Children have a right to be cared for and protected, but protecting them is everyone’s responsibility. Here at Laughton All Saints’, we have a duty of care to ensure that all users of the school are kept safe from harm. We are committed to provide a secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and grow into mature and responsible people. Safeguarding children is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure that children are protected from abuse and neglect and that every child reaches their full potential.
Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school. This will include recognising when they are at risk and how to get help when they need it and identifying children who may benefit from early help. We also assess the risks and issues in the wider community when considering the wellbeing and safety of our pupils. The elements of our policy and practice are prevention, protection and support.
All staff in school are trained to ensure that the child is at the centre of all we do and any concerns; no matter how small they seem, could be part of a wider picture of concern. School staff are well trained to be able to identify children who are possibly at risk and all concerns are reported to the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Our school adheres to all statutory guidance from the Department for Education and all staff have received a copy of the latest update of Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1.
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this education setting or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away. Some issues e.g. a child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour, can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in this setting. Do not worry that you may be reporting small matters – we would rather that you tell us things which turn out to be small than miss a worrying situation. Anyone with any concerns about the welfare of a child can share concerns with school staff but we can never promise confidentiality where we feel a child is at risk.
However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to one of the people below immediately. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.
- Mrs Julie Armitage - Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Miss Megan Williams - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
- Miss Emma Sabin - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will take referrals from members of the public too by telephoning 01709 336080or visit their website: MASH
School Safeguarding Policies
Helpful Links for Parents/Carers
Childline Kids - help online for children under 12. Childline Kids allows allows young children to access child-friendly advice covering a range of topics, such as bullying, self-esteem and staying safe. The site also features games, videos and friendly illustrations, providing a fun, reassuring and safe space for children online.
Up to date information on staying safe online, with guides and downloadable resources available.
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