Child Protection measures are employed when a child is suffering abuse or at risk of abuse. Abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. A child may be abused by an adult or adults or another child or children. The school recognises that any pupil might be at risk of harm or abuse; there are no social, geographical, cultural or faith boundaries to child abuse. The abuse may be
What training and advice are staff given about child protection matters?
Staff receive training in Keeping Children Safe in Education every school year and attend full Child Protection training every three years. They also get updated information about current national concerns or Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) priorities each year, together with additional updates as needed. There are also staff who have additional training to support them in taking the lead in Child Protection matters or referrals.
What happens if the school is made aware of a potential Child Protection matter?
Staff cannot keep concerns about pupils confidential.
If a pupil makes a disclosure of a concerning incident or incidents, or if staff become otherwise aware of issues which could ultimately lead to a pupil being at risk of significant harm, the school has a duty of care to pass this onto the appropriate authorities; not to do so is against the law.
The school does not make judgments about such incidents and is not authorised to investigate them. In taking action, the school must put the child’s welfare first.
Who does the school pass on the concerns to?
Referrals are made to the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). When making a referral, the school takes advice as to whether parents or carers should be informed that this action has been taken. The school must follow this advice.
What happens next?
A judgement will be made as to whether there should be a single agency assessment or if the police also need to be involved.
What happens once the assessments have been completed?
Parents and carers maybe offered access to services to support the family and young person. If concerns remain about a child, he or she may be made the subject of a Child in Need Plan or professionals may be called together with parents and carers to attend a Child Protection Conference where a decision will be made as to whether the child should be made the subject if a Child Protection Plan.
The Department for Education have compiled some useful advice and information about Child Protection, together with how to report any concerns, which can be found here: