WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CONCERNED A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON IS AT RISK
If you are worried that a child or young person is at risk
If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused contact the Calderdale Children’s Social Care Team on:
01422 393336 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Emergency Duty Team (Out of hours) on 01422 288000
You’ll be asked for your details, but you can choose not to share them.
Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk, or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.
If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school’s Designated Lead for Child Protection, Mrs Hussain, Mrs Bowling, Mrs Cockroft or Miss Brambani
Calderdale Council provide a team who deal with all serious child protection concerns where a child is considered to be at risk of significant harm. The Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) receives all incoming cases and carries out initial assessments and core assessments in order to signpost cases to the most appropriate service for them. The service is available to any adult or child who has social care difficulties that are causing a serious risk or concern that cannot be left until the start of the next working day.
The number to contact is the Council’s emergency telephone number – 01422 288000.
What is safeguarding?
Parents/carers and visitors coming on to our school premises, including the playground and inside the buildings, have a duty of care towards the welfare and safety of the children and the adults at the school, this is called safeguarding. Every child can potentially be hurt, put at risk from harm or abused regardless of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.
Safeguarding means that:
– Children are protected from mistreatment.
– A child’s health, or development, is protected.
– Children grow up with safe and effective care.
– Action is taken to ensure the best outcomes for all children.
Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children in our care and to protect them from harm, we take this very seriously.
Equally we are all responsible for ensuring we all safeguard each other as adults while at the school.
Parental Support – Digital resilience – Please promote
Help your parents to keep their kids safe with this link from Internet Matters. Great for promoting on your school safeguarding webpage. These are age specific resources to support parents in having conversations with their children on how to stay safe online: https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/digital-resilience-toolkit/
Speak out Stay safe online (assembly)
Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection
Helping you support children during the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.
We’ll be updating and adding to this information as things change in each UK nation.
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What can you do to support children and young people during this difficult time?
Browse our briefings, best practice, podcast episodes, books and the Childline website for more information.