Allithwaite CE School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We believe all staff and visitors have an important and unique role to play in child protection.
At Allithwaite we believe:
- Schools can contribute to the prevention of abuse
- All children have the right to be protected from harm
- Children need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse
- Children need to be safe and feel safe in school
Designated Child Protection Officers at Allithwaite
The Lead DCPO is Mrs Gillian Elliott, headteacher of the school. The Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer is Mrs Debbie Osborne. The Designated Governor is Mr Andrew Purvin. These Officers have undertaken the relevant training.
Cause for Concern:
Staff are expected to report any causes for concern to the DCPOs using a written pro-forma. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children “disclosing” concerns.
When the school has concerns about a child, the lead DCPO will act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies. In general, we will discuss concerns with parents/carers before approaching other agencies, and will seek their consent to making a referral to another agency. Appropriate staff will approach parents/carers after consultation with the lead DCPO. However, there may be occasions when school will contact another agency before informing parents/carers, if the school decides that contacting them may increase the risk of significant harm to the child.
Child Protection information will be dealt with in a confidential manner
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