Our first priority is the welfare of our pupils and therefore there may be occasions when our concern about a child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact parents. We will always try to ensure that our concerns are discussed with the parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB). The ESCB is a statutory multi agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Essex. If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers or a copy of our Child Protection Policy can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Our Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) are:
- Julia Hunt – Headteacher
- Jane Hearn - SENDCo
- Gill Tokley – Inclusion Leader
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSOs as soon as possible the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation. If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff, then you should report this to one of the DSOs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher) – who will consider what action to take.