At Lyngford Park Primary School the safety and wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance.
We take all Child Protection and Radicalisation issues very seriously.
Who should I talk to if I have concerns about a young person?
Mr Upham - Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Barratt - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Ingram - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
If you can not contact school staff and you have concerns regarding the safety and well being of a child phone Somerset County Council Services for Children on: 0300 123 2224
Safeguarding concerns outside school
If you have any concerns about the safety of any child outside of school (for example during the weekend if you are in town), you should contact Somerset County Council Services for Children by telephoning 0300 123 2224.
What should I do if a child makes a disclosure?
Listen carefully to what is being said and do not interrupt. Be calm, attentive and non judgemental.
Reassure them that you will talk to a person who can help. They have done the right thing by telling you.
What has happened isn't their fault.
Don't promise to keep what is said a secret.
Explain you will pass the information on to the appropriate person.
The information you have may not be enough on its own for a child protection referral, however it will help to make a decision about risk of harm to the child.
Doing nothing is not an option.
It is not your responsibility to investigate child abuse but you should tell the appropriate person within the organisation. If a pupil tells you something or you see something which needs to be passed on:-
ALWAYS write down
It doesn't matter if you are a paid worker, a volunteer or a member of the community, you have a responsibility to act if you are worried about a child.
The concerns you have make up part of a bigger picture which could help to prevent serious harm to young person. Giving families help at an early stage can prevent abuse and neglect.
NEVER KEEP CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF A CHILD TO YOURSELF.
Keeping young people safe
Remember these four important points:-
1. All children have a right to be safe
2. Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility
3. We all need to listen to children even though we may not always be comfortable with what we hear
4. The taking of photographic images is strictly prohibited unless with permission from the Headteacher/Senior Leadership Team
For more information
Local Safeguarding Board: 0300 123 2224
Out of hours: 01458 253241