In order to ensure the safety of all children in our care, we are required to follow the Child Protection Procedures as agreed by the Local Education Authority. We will endeavour to share with parents/guardians any concerns we may have regarding any injuries noted or other specific issues regarding the welfare of their child. We will keep a record of any concerns raised and will share them with the parents/guardians if it is appropriate to do so.
We do have a duty to refer to Social Care if we suspect a child is at risk of significant harm. If we make a referral to Social Care we will inform the parents/guardians concerned; unless to do so would place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Our first concern will always be the welfare of the child. We will also advise the designated officer of the Local Education Authority that a referral has been made.
We have a copy of the Swindon Child Protection Procedures and Guidance in the office if you wish to see it. Our child protection co-ordinators are Nicholas Capstick, Candida Hutchinson and Amy Knight. The Governor with responsibility for child protection and safeguarding is Sara Mitchell.