Given ongoing public concern on the subject of child abuse, and changes in the law, schools are required to report if we have any reason to suspect a child may be at risk.
Each school has a specially trained Designated Officer responsible for Child Protection matters.
Where there is any possibility that a child could be at risk of abuse or neglect, the school has a duty to refer the child to Social Work, the Police or the Children’s Reporter. Under these circumstances the school’s primary responsibility is to the child and the parent would not normally be consulted first.
The duty placed on schools is to report concerns not investigate or authenticate.
Should you wish to talk further about Child Protection and the safety of children please feel free to contact the Head Teacher.