Happiness and belonging are key elements in our school vision and making sure that everyone in our school community is safe is a crucial part of achieving this. At Woodsetts Primary we have a Safeguarding Team to lead on this key area of work. We regard seeking to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between school and families.
Staff in school, by law, have a duty to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. In Rotherham, this member of staff is known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and must have been in receipt of advanced safeguarding training.
As a school, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Children's Services and the Police, any or all of who may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged. The school has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the school has a duty to cooperate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and carers, and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.
School takes very seriously the appointing of new staff and follows the 'Safer Recruitment' advice from the Local Authority. Our staff and volunteers are DBS checked to ensure all our pupils stay safe. Should you wish to discuss child protection and the safety of your child, or indeed, any other topic involving your child, please feel free to contact a member of the Safeguarding Team. Please explore the documents and links below to find out more.
You can access our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy by clicking here or by using the navigation bar to find our policies page.