We pride ourselves in the effort we make to develop a nurturing and caring ethos and relationship with our families.
We are delighted to be able to support families throughout any stresses or strains they may have. We can do this ‘in house’ by giving family members our time and counselling skills or we can enlist the help of our professional colleagues who can access or signpost services in the medical, mental health or social services departments.
Occasionally we do have a worry or query about some aspect of a child’s life. This might be because a child is upset or because a parent has approached us for help. We have long since realised that we do not live in a perfect world and none of us have the perfect answer to child related problems.
However, we are legally obliged to pass on any concerns we have about a child’s safety and wellbeing to the appropriate authority. We never do this anonymously and we never do it behind parents’ backs unless circumstances call for this. If we have a concern about your child we would normally discuss our intentions with you. If we are approached by social services or any other safeguarding body / force, we are obliged to work with them to support any issues they have been asked to investigate and it would be up to them as the lead professionals to inform you about their concerns.
If we ever have serious concerns that a child is being subjected to criminal behaviour, we would immediately contact the appropriate authority without delay in order to keep the child protected from any further harm.
Very often, children who are distressed or anxious about something relating to their home life do disclose information to us as they seek our help. We always tell the child to consider that we cannot keep secrets and must act on their information if we feel that they are in danger of criminal harm. The same goes for any adult disclosure if it concerns serious harm of any child.
We are here to educate, help, support, nurture and safeguard your child. If you have any more questions relating to Child Protection in our school, please contact our Child Protection Officers.