Safeguarding Children Statement
Whitnash Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
‘Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), 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. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and discuss the need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. The school will seek advice from Children’s 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 found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’
At Whitnash Primary School, the Safeguarding of children is paramount. All adults in this school are responsible for the safety, well-being and pastoral support of pupils.
We encourage children and adults to share any concerns or issues and operate a robust approach to dealing with all safeguarding concerns.
Whitnash Primary has 3 Designated Safeguarding Leads.
● Mrs Donna Ellison (Headteacher)
● Mr David Hitchins (Assistant Headteacher)
● Mrs Rebecca Ford (Class Teacher/English Lead)
Please contact the school’s Designated People for Child Protection, if you have concerns, or require further information.