Statement of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff in relation to child protection
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157) schools must ‘make arrangements to safeguard and promote welfare of children’
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The academy will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Safeguarding Children Board procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/ carers should know that the law 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. The academy is making parents/carers aware that records of safeguarding concerns may be kept about their child. Parents/carers are informed that academy staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/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 where it is deemed 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 will be the paramount concern.
Where there is a need to share special category personal data, 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 that a professional gains consent, or if to gain consent would place a child at risk.
The academy will seek advice from Social Care when we have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally , concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the members of staff in the academy with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
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, the academy may need to ‘hold’ a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.
Our Governor responsible for Safeguarding at Oakington Primary School is Mr Stephen Gardner. He monitors all safeguarding procedures including regular checks on the SCR, health and safety and safer recruitment throughout the year.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and Prevent Leads are:
Nathan Clark, Acting Head of School at Oakington
Sonia Hegan, Senior Teacher at Dry Drayton
The names of other Designated Personnel:
Fiona Sweetnam, Teaching Assistant
Oriana Dalton, Interim Executive Headteacher at The Dry Drayton and Oakington Federation