Safeguarding is the protecting of children from abuse or neglect, preventing of impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables all children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’
WHAT DOES THE SAFEGUARDING TEAM DO AT WESTMORLAND?
We support families and children with a wide range of needs on a daily basis. We link families regularly with many agencies, including Social Care, through team around the child (TAC) meetings held at school.
WHY MIGHT SCHOOL REFER TO SOCIAL CARE?
All agencies including school, have to follow strict safeguarding processes which means that occasionally we have to contact Social Care, either for advice or to share a concern. Reasons are many and varied, including when things are happening at home.
CAN ANYONE REFER TO SOCIAL CARE?
Yes! Anyone who is worried about a child’s welfare can contact Social Care to report a concern. You do NOT need to leave your name when you contact them with a concern. To pass on a concern to Social Care you can call 0161 217 6028, where you can speak directly to an
WHAT IS A DESIGNATED OFFICER?
All agencies, including school, have a designated officer. This person at school has attended rigorous safeguarding training so they will know when to pass things on. Our school has several designated officers – these are M Henderson, A McCurry, A Marshall, J Shaw.
DOES SCHOOL OR ANOTHER AGENCY ALWAYS TELL A
PARENT OF A REFERRAL TO SOCIAL CARE?
No - In order to keep children safe sometimes we have to leave it to the experts. This type of high level concern is very rare as in most cases Social Care would ask that school or the other referring agency speak with the parents first.
School has a duty of care, as do you as parents, to safeguard our children. It is all our joint responsibility to report welfare concerns to Social Care. This does not mean that children will be automatically removed from home, but that we as adults can ensure that our
children are able to enjoy their childhood free from harm.
The Safeguarding Team are available to meet with parents or can be contacted on the usual school number.
We are always here to help!
REMINDER - If you are worried about a child you should ring 0161 217 6028 and ask for the Duty Officer at Social Care.
You can also report any concerns anonymously through the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk
Families/carers can also access support for parenting from the school's allocated Parenting Support Worker, John Strangeway, who comes into school on a weekly basis.#
School employs a RELATE counsellor, John, who is available on a totally confidential basis and is also in school weekly.
Gail Hillier is the school's Children's Health and Well-being Officer. Gail works with children and the adults who know them, to help overcome problems or difficulties, so that the children feel happier in their lives both at home and at school.