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Keeping Our Children Safe

unnamedOur setting is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Under procedures laid down by the Education Authority, the Head Teacher is responsible for child protection and has a legal obligation to take appropriate action where non-accidental injury or abuse of any kind is suspected.

It is the duty of every adult coming into contact with the children to refer any concerns regarding a child’s welfare to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)  Our Designated Safeguarding Leads and deputies for our school are Elaine Dupree, Head Teacher, and Sue Stevens, Deputy Head Teacher.

If you have any concerns that  a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please contact main reception as soon as possible and ask to speak to a designated person named above.

Our first priority is your child’s welfare and therefore there may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board. The school may disclose your child’s personal data to statutory bodies where we consider it necessary and within the Data Protection Act.

If staff become aware of or have a need to become involved in situations where a child may be at risk of hurting themselves or others or if a behaviour of a child disrupts good order in the school or causes damage to property staff may need to take steps to intervene physically. In such circumstances staff will follow the school’s policy for dealing with such situations.

It may be necessary to change your child’s clothes in school (due to toileting accident or over enthusiastic water play etc).  You will be asked to sign a consent form if you have no objection to this.

Parental Access to Children’s Records

Under Data Protection requirements all records held in school concerning your child and family details are kept in accordance with the most recent guidance.  Staff are trained in Data Protection procedures and we adhere to these at all times.

If you wish to see any records kept concerning your child please ask at the main office.  We will require the appropriate notice period to meet such a request.  Necessary information may be shared with other statutory agencies or partner agencies but this process is governed by Information Sharing Protocols.