Under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (as amended), *the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015, and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (as amended) to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board’s procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Parents/carers should know that records of safeguarding concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.
Local procedures state that “Consent should always be sought from an adult with parental responsibility for the child/young person before passing information about them to Children’s Social Care, unless seeking consent would place the child at risk of significant harm or may lead to the loss of evidence for example destroying evidence of a crime or influencing a child about a disclosure made.” This includes allowing them to share information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent, if it cannot be reasonably expected that a professional gains consent, or if to gain consent would place a child at risk.
Where there is a need to share special category personal data, the Data Protection Act 2018 contains ‘safeguarding of children and individuals at risk’ as a processing condition that allows professionals to share information.
In accordance with legislation and local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service. In all circumstances, the safety of the child will be the paramount concern.
Schools will contact Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further.
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)
Ms 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)
Ms Emily Smith (Spectrum After School Club Playworker)
If you have any concerns about any child, please contact Ms 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.