The Kingsmead School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
Our school feels it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. The school has a safeguarding policy: parents will find a copy of this document on the website under policies.
It is important for parents to be aware that:
Staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of additional support of some kind or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse.
There are four categories of abuse: Physical, sexual, emotional, neglect – however domestic violence is also a child protection issue and sits under the abusive category. In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to Children’s Social Care staff, for children to be assess for their needs or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required. In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to Children’s Social Care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
Children’s Social Care tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion. They have to gather information and are open with parents about the steps being taken.
If you think your child may have been abused you can contact Children’s Social Care. If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Head Teacher or the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection, who is Franky Boyland or Debbie Lyndon Lodge. If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor or go to A&E. Comfort and reassure your child.
If school staff need to express concerns about a child or refer a child to Children’s Social Care, it is understood that this can cause distress or anger for the child’s parents. It is important that all parties – parents and school staff – try to discuss these matters as calmly and sensibly as possible.
For parents’ enquiries please contact either Mrs Sue Bradley, Head Teacher or Franky Boyland, Assistant Head on 01332 973830.
All Safeguarding practice is underpinned by two key documents, which can be found here:
Safeguarding Contacts at The Kingsmead School
Franky Boyland – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Debbie Lyndon Lodge – Designated Safeguarding Officer
Safe guarding Kingsmead School Derby
Kingsmead offer support all year round, including school holidays. You can get hold of the safeguarding officer by clicking on the report a concern button the on the front page - a message will automatically come to the Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher and Safeguarding Officer – one of us will get back to you and offer advice and/or guidance if needed.
You can also send a message using our Facebook page as this equally get to us all any time.
Please be aware that there may be times when it is necessary to signpost or refer you to other services that best meet your needs.