We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional/sexual harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by Keeping Children Safe in Education and the school has adopted a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which was written on behalf of CAPH(Cornwall Association of Primary Heads) by Helen Trelease (Independent Safeguarding Trainer and Advisor). On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
Early Help in Cornwall aims to ensure that services to support children, young people and their parents are there when they need them. Early Help is about identifying problems at an early stage and providing purposeful and effective help as soon as possible once they have been identified, working with families to solve those problems before they get worse.
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The MARU provides a multi-disciplinary response to concerns about the welfare or safety of a child. If you wish to report an incidence of abuse or neglect, please contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) or click here to be directed to the MARU website.