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When and what might I be concerned about?

If you develop concerns about any of the following potential safeguarding signposts contact our Safeguarding team in one of the ways on this link.  You can also raise concerns outside of school hours through the Local Authority using this link.  Potential signposts might include:

  • Physical Signs

  • Behavioural changes

  • emotional distress

  • Different presentation to normal

If in doubt, raise your concerns so that we can provide advice and guidance to support you and the young person in question. 

What should I do if a child says that s/he is being harmed?

  1. Listen – Listen carefully, do not interrupt.

  2. Reassure – Reassure the pupil that it is not their fault.

  3. Inform – Inform your DSL/Deputy DSL.

  4. Record – Make a written record, sign and date it.

  5. Pass – Pass the record to the DSL/Deputy DSL.

  6. Reinforce that it was the right thing to tell.

  7. Stay calm, attentive and non-judgemental.

  8. Ask non-leading questions.

  9. Do not promise to keep it as a secret.

What should I do if the alleged abuser is a member of the school staff?

  • If your concern is about a staff member or volunteer, you should report this to the Head Teacher.

  • If your concern is about the Head Teacher, you should report to the Trust CEO or Director of Education.

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