At Bedgrove Infant School all Staff and Governors share an objective to help keep the children safe by contributing to:
Providing a safe environment for children to learn.
Identifying children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in the education setting.
To achieve this objective we will:
Prevent unsuitable people working with children through rigorous safer recruitment
Ensure that every stakeholder and all personnel working in or around the school at any time, are fully conversant with safeguarding procedures
Promote safe practice and challengepoor
and unsafe practice.
Identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe;
Contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for our children.
If you are concerned
‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ – new national campaign
The County Council is supporting a national campaign launched on 3 March by the Department for Education to encourage members of the public to report child abuse.
The campaign’s main message is that if you’re worried about a child or think their safety might be at risk, then it is important to tell someone. You don’t have to be absolutely certain about whether a child is being abused; if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to your local children’s social care team who can look into it.
Everyone has a role to play in helping to protect children. All children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect.
It is not just up to social services, doctors and the police to spot the signs of abuse and neglect. It is important that we all look out for children and young people within our community who may be experiencing abuse or neglect. Members of the public, and particularly other
Some of the signs of abuse or neglect include changes in:
Appearance – such as frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when drunk
Behaviour – such as demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired
Communication – such as sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient
A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing. Some people don’t act on their suspicions because they’re worried about being wrong. It is better to help children as early as possible so that action can be taken to help the child and support the family concerned.
In 2014/15 more than 400,000 children in England were supported because someone noticed they needed help.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, visit www.gov.uk/reportchildabuse to get the number for your local authority. For Buckinghamshire, call the First Response Team on 0845 460 0001 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org