The Designated Safeguarding Leads at John Clare Primary School are Sarah Nicolson and Caroline Johnson.

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

John Clare School will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.  The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.  However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.  Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Person for Child Protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”.  This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.

Key Information to Remember: 

Any person who does not feel confident to raise their concerns with the Headteacher, a member of the the Senior Leadership Team or Chair of Governors, or does not feel that their concerns about a situation or about an adult in school has been taken seriously, they can contact the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer-Peterborough) directly on 01733 864030/01733 864790.

Should you need advice and/or support regarding safeguarding during weekend or school holidays please use this link to access further information.

The telephone number for Peterborough Children’s service 01733 864180 (office hours) out of hours 01733 234724.

Safeguarding-and-Child-Protection-Policy-September-2023

JCPS Prevent Action Plan

Useful links:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

http://www.safeguardingcambspeterborough.org.uk/children-board/parents-carers/

https://www.keep-your-head.com/cyp

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

https://www.cambsdasv.org.uk/website/support__help/84011

https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/