If your child has a problem at school
From time to time, in the children's lives, events may take place that are upsetting for them. If you are able to share information about your child's personal life with us it can be extremely useful in helping us to offer understanding and support. This will always be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
If you think your child is experiencing any kind of difficulty at school, or if you have any concerns about aspects of school life, then you should talk to your child's teacher or the Headteacher first.
Child Protection Procedures
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible seek their consent to a referral to Social Care.
This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
The designated Child Protection person in school is the Headteacher.