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At Hampton College Primary we strive to achieve the best outcomes for our children in an educational setting that is a safe and welcoming environment where all children are respected and valued.
We therefore expect that all staff and visitors to Hampton College Primary will 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. Staff training is updated annually to ensure that staff are aware of the signs of abuse and neglect and are aware of college procedures.
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. Where possible, any concerns raised will be discussed with parents or carers and identified action will be shared. Where the school believes that a referral should be made to Children’s Social Care this will also be discussed with parents and carers, except in circumstances where such discussions may place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information Sharing Protocols, Hampton College Primary 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.
Advice will be sought from Children’s Social Care when school staff have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm.
Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. We appreciate that this can be distressing for families but hope that parents and carers will see that our staff will only ever act in the best interests of our children and that our main priority is to safeguard our children and ensure their wellbeing. Our safeguarding policies can be found in the Policies section of our website.
If you have any concerns about children attending Hampton College Primary, you may discuss your concerns with the Designated Personnel for Child Protection. Within the primary phase the designated personnel are Mr Jones, Mrs Stuffins and Mrs McAlister. The Hampton College Designated Person for Children in Care is Ms Macfarlane, with support from Mr Jones and Mrs Stuffins at primary phase.
We would also encourage parents with concerns about children in the community to pass on their concerns to Children’s Social Care or the police if they fear that a child or children may be at risk of significant harm.