Keeping children safe, underpins everything we do at St Anne's. The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that childrne recieve appropriate and effecgive support and protection.

Under the Education Act 2000 (section 175/157), schools must 'make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children'

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued

Parents/carers should know that the law 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. Parents/carers need to be aware that the school will make and keep records of any welfare concerns that they may have. The school will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with parents/carers, including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where a child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers. 

In accordance with local information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service. 

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. We are sure that parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with the responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child ' what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare'

This means that on rare occasions the school may need to 'hold' a child in school whilst Socail Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.

A copy of the schools Safeguarding policy (Oct 2017) can be downloaded here.

A copy of the Governments paper on 'Keeping children safe in education' can be downloaded here