Safeguarding at Sawtry Infant School
Safeguarding at Sawtry Infants:
Sawtry Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed here.
Sawtry Infant School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy - Updated February 2023
Keeping Children Safe in Education
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.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) 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 which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school will make parents and carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child. Parents and carers will be informed that school 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 and carers.
In accordance with 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.
Schools will seek advice from 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 shown to be unfounded. Parents and carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school 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, schools or 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 any concerns further.
Our Safeguarding Team:
Yasmine Trace (Headteacher)
Designated Safeguarding Lead (Prevent Duty Lead)
Luke Alletson (Deputy Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Domestic Abuse Lead)
Jo Chapman (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Online Safety Lead)
Our Lead Safeguarding Governor is Julie Howells.