Under the Education Act 2002 (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.
Paston Ridings Primary School os alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Safeguarding Children's Board procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information that gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Records of safeguarding concerns may be kept and we will endeavour to discuss concerns with you, including where it is deemed necessary to refer 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 or carers.
In accordance with legislation and local Information Sharing Protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services when it is seemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service. In all circumstances, the safety of the child is the paramount concern.
The Data Protection Act 2018 contains 'safeguarding of children and individuals at risk' as a processing condition that allows professionals to share information. This includes allowing them to share information 'without consent', if it is not possible to gain consent. It cannot be reasonably expected for a professional to gain consent if gaining consent could put a child at risk.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child 'may... do 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, a school may need to 'hold' a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate concerns further.
At Paston Ridings, we have six Designated People:
- Mrs Joanna Cook - Headteacher
- Mrs Nicola Harradine - Deputy Headteacher (Safeguarding Lead)
- Miss Gina Hayes - Deputy Headteacher
- Mrs Clare Barham - SENCo
- Mrs Sue Antill - Parent Partnership Coordinator
- Mrs Anne Lippett - Parent Partnership Support
Our Parent Partnership Coordinator, Mrs Sue Antill, and Parent Partnership Support, Mrs Anne Lippett are available to support families with Early Help.