It may be helpful for parents/carers to know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.
Information about how we record and share information related to safeguarding concerns is available here: Safeguarding and information sharing protocols Sept 2019.docx
The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to a referral to social services. This will only be done where such a discussion and agreement-seeking will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern they should be very cautious, and seek advice from Social Services, rather than to risk a child’s safety. Occasionally, this duty on headteachers means that a concern is passed on which is later shown to be unfounded. It is hoped that parents/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that the headteacher was acting in good faith and in the best interests of all children.
We have a team of designated safeguarding leads:
Mrs K Kowalska (Deputy Head Teacher, Domestic Abuse Lead)
Ms N Brown (Head Teacher, Prevent, Online Safety, Mental Health Lead)
Ms B McGreer (Assistant Head Teacher, Inclusion Lead)
R Camper (Higher Level Teaching Assistant, SG Admin)
Mr M Casey (Spectrum After School Club Manager)
Ms H Harper (Spectrum After School Club Deputy Manager)
If you have any concerns about any child, please contact Mrs Kowalska via the school Office during school hours, or Mr Casey at Spectrum After School Club, or Dawn Diners.
If you have a serious concern outside of the normal school day that cannot wait, please contact Cambridgeshire Social Care on 0345 045 5203.
Mr T Knowles is the link governor for safeguarding.
In addition to this, from September 2015 all schools have a duty to prevent children from being drawn into terrorism, and to protect them from exposure to extremist views. Please ask at the school for more information on this should you require it.
If you are a child and are frightened and in immediate danger, call 999.
If you are an adult or think a child is in immediate danger or needs urgent help, call 999.
Childline: 0800 1111
This number is free and open at any time of the day or night.
You don’t have to give your name.
If you are an adult and:
Concerned that a child may be suffering physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or is being neglected.
A child or young person and you are being abused or neglected.
A parent or carer and you feel you are harming your child or are close to doing so
Cambridgeshire Children’s Social Care
Telephone: 0345 045 5203 (office hours) 01733 234 724 (out of hours)
More information can be found on the Cambridgeshire.gov website:
Online safeguarding and advice:
For non-urgent safeguarding concerns you may also contact the school safeguarding team via email:
This email address is checked regularly but is not an emergency contact.