Child Protection and Safeguarding
Highlees Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each term all pupils study a safeguarding topic, eg, Internet Safety; Be Bright, Be Seen; Stranger Danger; and Road Safety.
It may be helpful too for parents/carers to know that the Law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child's welfare, including risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.
The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Children's Social Care Services; This will only be done where such discussion and agreement seeking will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern they should be very cautious and seek advice from Children's Social Care Services, rather than risk a child's safety. Occasionally, this duty on Principals/Headteachers means that a concern is passed on which is later shown to be unfounded. It is hoped that parents/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility and accept that the Principal is acting in good faith and in the best interests of all children.