Parents and Carers
The health and safety of all our children is of paramount importance. Parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore take every practicable measure to ensure that this expectation becomes reality.
We have Safeguarding policies and procedures in place.
These can be accessed via the school or this website.
Here are the school Safeguarding Co-ordinators:
Mrs Robinson – Child Protection Co-ordinator
Miss Woodward – (Riverside Primary School) Deputy CP Co-ordinator
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Pat Jarvis
Everyone in our community has the responsibility to act on any concerns that they may have about a child’s well being and safety.
We pride ourselves in the effort we make to develop a nurturing and caring ethos and relationship with our families.
We are delighted to be able to support families throughout any stresses or strains they may have. We can do this ‘in house’ by giving family members our time and counselling skills or we can enlist the help of our professional colleagues who can access or signpost services in the medical, mental health or social services departments.
Occasionally we do have a worry or query about some aspect of a child’s life. This might be because a child is upset or because a family member has approached us for help. We have long since realised that we do not live in a perfect world and none of us have the perfect answer to child related problems.
However, we are legally obliged to pass on any concerns we have about a child’s safety and wellbeing to the appropriate authority. We never do this anonymously and we never do it behind parents’ backs unless circumstances call for this. If we have a concern about your child we would normally discuss our intentions with you. If we are approached by social services or any other safeguarding body / force, we are obliged to work with them to support any issues they have been asked to investigate and it would be up to them as the lead professionals to inform you about their concerns.
If we ever have serious concerns that a child is being subjected to criminal behaviour, we would immediately contact the appropriate authority without delay in order to keep the child protected from any further harm.
Very often, children who are distressed or anxious about something relating to their home life do disclose information to us as they seek our help. We always tell the child to consider that we cannot keep secrets and must act on their information if we feel that they are in danger of criminal harm. The same goes for any adult disclosure if it concerns serious harm of any child.
We are here to educate, help, support, nurture and safeguard your child. If you have any more questions relating to Child Protection in our school, please contact Mrs Robinson or Miss Woodward.
We all want our children to live in a safe and loving environment so that they can grow up to become happy, confident adults. You will already know that your children can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, and will have taken steps to protect them so they can grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential. Protecting children from dangers online is also very important and you can access some information below.
Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/
Parent Zone http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/parent
Parents Protect www.parentsprotect.co.uk
Parents Info http://parentinfo.org/articles/all
Protecting your children from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs, gangs and sexual exploitation.
For ways to keep your child safe, including from the dangers of radicalisation, click on the link for the “educate against hate” website
Staff, visitors, volunteers and governors
Please click on the ink below to access the school online information leaflet relating to safeguarding.
The leaflet is regularly updated to take account of changes to procedures or policies. It is essential reading for all our school stakeholders. Whenever it is updated, staff and governors will be made aware.