Monday, September 25, 2017
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At Tiverton High School we are committed to keeping our students safe. Every child has the right to feel safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.

Safeguarding is about protecting children, and young people from abuse or neglect.

We are all responsible for the safety of children and young people and we must ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

Furthermore we have a duty of care for students set out in the following legislation: Children Act 1989, Education Act 2002, Children Act 2004 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016. If we believe that a student may be harmed we have a duty to share the information promptly. In a situation where we are concerned about the welfare of a child THS will share information with other agencies (such as social care) without seeking prior consent from the family. Where ever possible (unless this could place someone in danger) we will speak to family to explain why we are doing this and keep them fully  informed.

The information that we have about students is confidential. That means we won’t share it outside of the school without  prior consent from the family. Information is stored electronically and each child has a file where reports, assessments, plans, and notes are kept. The senior leadership team, house staff and SENCO’s have access to this file but to share information more widely, for example to inform other teaching staff or contact an external agency for support, consent will be sought from the family. The family has a right to view their child’s file and such requests should be actioned within 7 days of request.

 

What to do if you suspect a child or young person is at risk?

In order to protect people from abuse and harm it is important that everyone knows what to do if they suspect someone is being abused.

You may suspect that someone is being harmed or abused because:

  • You have general concerns about someone's wellbeing
  • You see or hear about something which could cause abuse
  • Someone tells you something has happened or is happening to them which could be abuse.

 

Within school the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Caroline Warren (Head of Student Safeguarding) and our Deputy DSL is Denise Hook (Family Support Worker), please feel free to contact the above staff on 01884 256655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss any concerns.

If you have serious concerns about a child or young person, or if you need help parenting your child you can call 0345 155 1071 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Out of hours please call 0845 6000 388. If it is an emergency dial 999.

For further information please visit….

www.nspcc.org.uk

www.childline.org.uk

www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org

 

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