It may be helpful to know that the local authority requires Headteachers to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse - which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that Headteachers risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents and carers, appreciating how difficult it is for Headteachers to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what were believed to be the child's best interest.
Designated Safeguarding Lead; Rebecca Hughes
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead; Elaine Cowin
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead; Jayne Andrews