Safeguarding and Child Protection
Information for Parents and Carers
St Stephen's CE Primary School is fully committed to the safeguarding of children – ensuring the well being of the child is paramount. For pupils to feel that they are able to do their best and achieve their true potential, it is important that they feel safe and supported in our school environment.
The Difference Between Safeguarding and Child Protection
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between the terms safeguarding and child protection.
In practice, Safeguarding is the policies and practices that schools and Governing Bodies employ to keep children safe and promote their well-being. This means everything from security of the buildings, to the safe recruitment of staff and everything in between. This diagram sets out what Safeguarding means in schools:
As you can see, Child Protection is one aspect of Safeguarding. Child Protection is a term used to describe the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Everyone working within our school, whatever their role, is acutely aware that issues to do with safeguarding and the protection of children are of the highest possible importance. Trust underpins everything that we do in school. The parents of our pupils entrust the care of their children to us and together we are all responsible for their well being.
St Stephen’s CE Primary School will strive to ensure that all pupils remain safe and free from harm, and the school is committed to playing a full and active part in the multi-agency approach to child protection concerns. The school has a legal duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and to have a child protection policy and procedures in place, which should be shared with parents, to address concerns about the safety and protection of children.
Through their day to day contact with pupils, and direct work with families, staff who work in schools have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect. Parents should be aware therefore, that where it appears to a member of staff that a child may have been abused, the school is required, as part of the local child protection procedures to report their concern to Children’s Social Care immediately. To avoid any misunderstandings therefore, parents of children who sustain accidental injuries outside school, which result in cuts/bruises/fractures should inform the school without delay and explain the cause.
- Children have a right to be safe.
- Parents have a right to be informed.
- Children are best protected when parents and school can work together.
- School will inform parents of any concerns about their children (providing it does not compromise the child’s safety) and will help and support them as necessary.
- School will take positive action to prevent children suffering abuse and neglect through the development of an open culture that informs children of their rights, and encourages them to speak about any concerns. The school will also address the issue of children’s safety through the curriculum.
Responding to Concerns
- School will refer all allegations or concerns that a child has been, or is likely to be, abused or neglected to Children’s Social Care within the Children’s Services Department.
- School will consult with other agencies when it has concerns that a child may have been abused or neglected.
- School will discuss with parents/carers any concerns they have about their children.
- Parents/carers will be kept informed about what has happened.
- Physical and emotional abuse of children by other children will be dealt with, initially, through the school’s anti-bullying policy. Parents/carers will be kept informed. All concerns about possible sexual abuse will be referred immediately to Children’s Social Care.
Child Protection Strategy Meeting and Conferences
- Members of school staff will attend strategy meetings and conferences when required and will provide information about children and families. This information will be shared with parents beforehand if possible. School will keep confidential child protection records separately from a pupil’s academic and other school records.
- Information from any source, including parents, about possible child abuse cannot be kept confidential.
- Information and records about children who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan will be given only to those people who need it, and will be kept strictly confidential by them.
If parents have concerns about the safety or well-being of their child, they should contact:
In term time school hours: Mrs J S Parsons (Headteacher) or Mrs S Denney (Deputy Headteacher)
In school holidays office hours: 0161 256 5678 for Bury Children's Services MASH Team
Out of hours: 0161 253 6606 for the Duty Social Worker
Please see below other useful sites for Child Protection
- NSPCC Pants Rule Song
- PACE Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation
- Action for Children
- Bury Safeguarding Children Board