Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding and Child Protection At Chilton
If Parents and Carers have any safeguarding concerns please contact one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) during term time between 8:00 and 4:00, by calling the main school office (01843 597695). Outside of these times, if you are concerned a child is at risk, please contact Integrated Children's Services on 03000 41 11 11(office hours) or 03000 419191 (out of office hours). If a child is in danger, you should call 999.
Outside of term times, DSLs can be contacted by email - addresses listed below.
Advice for Parents from The Department for Education - "Advice to Parents and Carers on Keeping Children Safe from Abuse and Harm":
SAFEGUARDING – KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN SCHOOL
Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Chilton feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey.
Designated Safeguarding Leads: ALEX MCAULEY (HOS@chiltonprimary.co.uk) and HANNAH CHESHIRE (email@example.com)
Deputy Safeguarding Leads: EMILY DAVEY (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Helen Rowland-Hill (email@example.com)
Nominated Chilton Governor responsible for Safeguarding /Child Protection: NATALIE BARROW
Viking Academy Trust Safeguarding Governor Lead: JOANNA BRAND
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
Taking action to ensure that all children have the best outcomes
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Safeguarding?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility
Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe. No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2023
Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance above affirms (page 6) that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:
The child protection policy
The Whistle-blowing policy
The Behaviour policy
Acceptable Use policy
Actions for children missing in education