Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility and is fully aligned with our values of CARE.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Neal Dickson - Deputy Headteacher
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Jo Smith - Safeguarding and Family Engagement (SaFE) Officer and Josh Pike - Year 6 Class Teacher.
We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously indeed; should you have any concerns about the welfare of any child/ren at our school, no matter how small, then you should contact us using the school number 01733 554457.
For concerns during school closures and holidays, we can be contacted at email@example.com or 07734 257321.
We will acknowledge receipt of your concern, although may not respond directly to the issue you raise. That way you are not left wondering if we have received the information and we are then able to maintain the appropriate levels of confidentiality.
Please be assured we will be working behind the scenes.
If you are a professional and need us to contact you please leave your details.
If you feel the matter is urgent and we haven’t responded quickly then please follow this link:
https://www.safeguardingcambspeterborough.org.uk/children-board/ and report your concern directly to Children’s Social Care.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement:
Old Fletton Primary School fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and the Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act, 2021 to have arrangements in place 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 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board’s 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. Parents/carers should know that records of safeguarding concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.
Local procedures state that “Consent should always be sought from an adult with parental responsibility for the child/young person before passing information about them to Children’s Social Care, unless seeking consent would place the child at risk of significant harm or may lead to the loss of evidence for example destroying evidence of a crime or influencing a child about a disclosure made.” This includes allowing them to share information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent, if it cannot be reasonably expected that a professional gains consent, or if to gain consent would place a child at risk.
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.
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.
Schools will contact Children’s 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/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy 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 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.