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Safeguarding Children at Cottenham Primary School

SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION

Through their day-to-day contact with pupils and direct work with families, staff at Cottenham Primary School have a crucial role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect and referring them to Social Care via the Cambridgeshire Direct Contact  Centre (Designated Person for Child Protection to refer).

This policy sets out how the school’s governing body discharges its statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school. Our policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in the school including governors.

Concerned parents/carers may also contact the school and its governors.

 

The Designated Persons for Child Protection in school are: Mr James Kilsby and  Mr David Morel.

The Governors with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding are Mrs Rosemary Miller and Mrs Clare White.

It is consistent with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures.
 

There are four main elements to our policy:

  1. PREVENTION through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils and the creation and maintenance of a whole school protective ethos
  2. PROCEDURES for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse. The definitions of the four categories of abuse are attached (see Appendix A)
  3. SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN those who may have been abused or witnessed violence towards others
  4. PREVENTING UNSUITABLE PEOPLE WORKING WITH CHILDREN

OUR PREVENT STRATEGY

HM Government has published guidance for authorities, including schools, on their responsibilities under the ‘Counter-Terrorism and Security Act’, which came into effect on 1 July 2015. Under the Act, schools and other authorities have a duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

All staff have been made aware of our duty of care under this guidance and Mr James Kilsby is our trained 'Prevent Lead'.


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