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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Children at Milecastle Primary School

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility.  We want all children and young people to be safe, feel secure, well cared for and able to reach their full potential.

We have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which we refer to in our prospectus.  All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.  This policy can be found on our website and a paper copy of this policy is available on request from the main school office.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child's welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) are:

 Name  Role  Location
 Suzanne Richardson  Headteacher  HT / Main Office
 Clare Dillon  Deputy Head DHT / Main Office
 Kathryn Chirnside  SLT / Teacher  Year 6
If you are concerned about a child's welfare, please record your concern and any observations or conversation heard and report to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads as soon as possible the same day.  Do NOT conduct your own investigation.

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that she/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to one of the DSL's in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher), who will consider what action to take.

Talking to your child about online sexual harrassment

Follow the link below to Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, The Children's Commissioner's recently published  guidance document on Supporting parents around sexual harassment.