Schools are in the frontline when it comes to keeping children safe. Staff in school are trained to follow set procedures when a child discloses information that causes them concern. The School’s ‘Child Protection Policy’ identifies members of staff who have recent and up to date training in all the most effective procedures. At Trinity the Designated Safeguarding Leads are Richard Reid, Amanda Seager and Anita Crawley. Our Child Protection Governor is Oliver Johnston. Our curriculum ensures that we teach children about safeguarding, including staying safe online.
Parents need to be aware that if a child discloses information, then we are legally bound to record this information, and we may need to report this concern to Social Care Services. Parents do not always need to be informed by the school when such concerns are recorded or shared. Teachers may well approach parents with concerns over issues such as tiredness, injuries and children reporting lack of food at home. These are not easy conversations to have but it is a school’s duty to share concerns. If you have any concerns about a child, you can contact any of the designated teachers named above.
The Children’s Commissioner has produced a report on safety online for children with some useful advice for parents – ‘How parents and carers can support their children to manage their rights and privacy online’
We were delighted to welcome the NSPCC to one of our recent assemblies. The Speak Out – Stay Safe campaign is wholly supported by the school.
NSPCC also lead the Talk PANTS campaign. This helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. See below for more details.
Childline is a national charity available to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.