We recognises the important role that the whole community plays in promoting the health, safety and well being of all children.
In view of our special relationships with children and their families, staff need to be particularly alert to any signs of possible abuse or neglect and have a legal duty to pass on any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead, Mrs L Brown or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Mrs T Gorin or Miss A Snape.
These concerns must be reported to the Social Services Department or the Police Service. The school does not have any role to play in the investigation of child protection issues but must co- operate with other agencies in any investigation or monitoring as necessary.
The school is also required to follow procedures set out by the Area Child Protection Committee for child protection which all staff follow and to have clear internal procedures and guidance for staff. It is expected that schools will develop effective working relationships with all agencies concerned with the welfare of children.
In common with other Calderdale schools, Governors have now adopted a Child Protection Policy and Procedures, which are available to any parent who wishes to see them.
If any parent has a concern about the welfare of any child in the school he/she should speak with the Head Teacher or contact the Social Services Department.
Parent Info - New online safeguarding service
New Safeguarding website for parents - Parent Info In schools we have lots of opportunities to learn about safeguarding and, particularly the online aspect. Parents on the other hand need access to support too. It is not always easy to encourage parents to meetings about esafety, but it is crucial they understand the risks. The government has recently launched a brand new website to support parents. The website has being developed with ParentZone and CEOP, the police command responsible for child exploitation and online protection. Parent Info is a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line. For example, the site currently includes information about staying safe on minecraft, mental health, and building online resilience.
Also, please visit our e-safety section to get advice on how to keep your child safe online.