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 Elaine Richardson, Amanda Seager and Karen Foster. Our Child Protection Governor is Alan Somerville. 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’