- What you should do if you’re worried that a child may be being abused.
All those who come into contact with children and families have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
If you’re worried that a child may be being abused or neglected you should:
- Tell the Designated Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible. In the Junior School this is Mr Souter, or Mr Sullivan/Mrs McKimm if he is not available and in the Infant School this is Mrs Mackay or Mrs Kenney if she is not available.
- Remember that an allegation of child abuse or neglect may lead to a criminal investigation, so don’t do anything that may jeopardise a police investigation, such as asking leading questions or attempting to investigate the allegations.
- Where concerns arise as a result of information given by a child, it is important to reassure the child but not to promise confidentiality.
- Record all information given to you in writing, as soon as possible. Write down where you were, what they said, what you said and who you told. There are pink safeguarding record forms in the staffroom – remember to record the full date.
- Working safely with children
Never put yourself in a position where there could be the possibility that you could be accused of inappropriate behaviour.
- Make sure there are other children or adults around the place you are working.
- Make sure doors are open and you can be easily seen by people walking past.
- Don’t instigate physical contact.
- Don’t pass on or accept phone numbers/email addresses.
- If you have any concerns, however small, make sure you pass them on to the child’s teacher or the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy.