Are you concerned about a child?
If staff members or visitors have concerns about a child they should raise these with the Designated safeguarding lead. This includes vulnerability to radicalisation as well as situations of abuse which may involve staff members. If the headteacher is absent, then all concerns should be raised with the deputy or alternate safeguarding leads.
However, if, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral should be made to children’s social care immediately. Anybody can make a referral.
If the child’s situation does not appear to be improving the staff member/visitor with concerns should press for reconsideration. Concerns should always lead to help for the child at some point.
If the concern is about a staff member then the concern should be raised directly with the Headteacher. Should the concern involve the Headteacher then this should be reported to the Chair of Governors or directly to LADO or MAST.
MAST Team/Social Care: 01422 393336 / 01422 392881
LADO: 01422 392897 / 07596888147
MAST – Multi Agency Screening Team
LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer
A dedicated NSPCC helpline is now available to support anyone who has experienced sexual abuse in educational settings or has concerns about someone or the issues raised. The dedicated NSPCC helpline number is 0800 136 663 and more information is available at: Dedicated helpline for victims of abuse in schools NSPCC.