Child Protection and Safeguarding
Our first concern is your child’s welfare and It is everyone’s duty at Race Leys Infant School to ensure that all children are kept safe. Our staff receive regular training to ensure that they are up to date with all aspects of Safeguarding.
There may be times when we have a concern about your child. We will usually discuss this with you to ensure your child’s safety and well-being. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. We work closely with all Children’s Services in Warwickshire to support our families.
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) 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. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. The school will seek advice from Children’s 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 found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.
If you are experiencing any difficulties then we are able to signpost services for you – please speak to Mrs Ward, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Gurr or Mrs Sewell who are the Designated Safeguarding Lead officers in school.
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Rachel Clarke, Chair of Governors.
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies, together with other safeguarding policies referenced within these documents, are available to view on our policies page.