Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. If you have any concerns about a child in our school, please let one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads know by calling the school on 0116 276 6121 or emailing (out of school hours). Alternatively, if the child is in immediate danger or is not a pupil at the school, please contact Leicester City Children's Services on 0116 4541004 or the police.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
• protecting children from maltreatment
• preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
• ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Please see the policies tab for our latest Child Protection policy.
Our school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.
Our school is also part of Operation Encompass which is a national scheme that operates jointly between schools and police forces. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced domestic abuse. We use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support the child/ren in our care.