Safeguarding children at Leys Primary School is the responsibility of everyone.
As such, all members of staff have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This duty is placed upon the school by Section 175 of the Education Act 2002. Therefore, all staff should know who to go to and how to report any concerns they may have about a child being harmed or at risk of being harmed.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead Practitioner in our school is Mrs Pamela Gough and in her absence Mr Grant Krog, (Headteacher).
The designated teacher for Looked After Children and the person in charge of CAFs (Common Assessment Framework) Assessments, is our Assistant Headteacher – Mrs. A Rogers. The Governing Body representative for Child Protection is: Dame Anna P.L. Hassan.
If we are concerned that a child may be at risk from significant harm (abuse) or is being abused, the school is required to refer their concerns to LBBD Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and the police, if necessary. In exceptional circumstances this may happen without the consent or knowledge of parents or carers.
The school also has a responsibility to act upon other concerns that they may have about a child’s welfare in circumstances where there are no suspicions of child abuse. Examples of this may be when a child is demonstrating inappropriate behaviour, is involved in bullying, is failing to come to school or where difficulties at home are having an effect upon the child’s well being; is at risk of being drawn into terrorism. This list is by no means exhaustive.
The school will normally seek to discuss any concerns about a pupil with the pupil/pupils’ parents. It will be the Safeguarding Lead or her representative that will make contact with the parent in the event of a concern, suspicion or disclosure.
Our focus is the safety and well being of the pupil. Therefore, if the school believes that notifying parents could increase the risk to the child or exacerbate the problem, advice will first be sought from MASH and/or the police before parents are contacted.
Our school has a safeguarding policy which explains all the above in much more detail. If you would like to see the full policy in printed format, a copy is available on request from the school office or can be located in pdf format at the bottom of this page or from the Policies and Procedures section of this website (via the ‘Welcome’ tag).
The school’s policy for Safeguarding follows the agreed procedures and guidance for schools issued by LBBD Safeguarding Children Board. Further information on the work and responsibilities of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Local Safeguarding Children Board is available here.
Our Safeguarding Policy is in line with Section 175 of the Education Act 2002; Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006; The Teacher Standards 2012; Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018; Keeping Children Safe in Education Act 2018; What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015. Staff have been alerted to the changes outlined in the document, and our policy has been updated in accordance. The policy will be reviewed in July 2019.
Mrs P Gough