Sharples School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which includes –
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
All concerns are dealt with by staff trained to the same level as that of the ‘Designated Child Protection Lead Officer.’ The designated leads at Sharples School are:
- Ann Webster, Acting Head Teacher
- Lee Savage, Deputy Head Teacher
- Andrew Perman, Assistant Head Teacher
All other staff receive annual basic awareness training and have completed Level 1 On-line Safeguarding training.
Should you have any concerns about your child or a child who attends Sharples School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Lead Child Protection Officer.
Cause for Concern
All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the staff trained to deal with such instances. Concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as there are often reasonable explanations for the concern.
Absence and lateness is recorded by the attendance team. Reasons are sought for all absences. Concerns around attendance may be referred to the Designated Lead Child Protection Officer. Parents/carers will be notified of attendance concerns at the earliest possible point.
Support for Families/Multi Agency Working
Sharples School works collaboratively with external agencies to ensure that children are safeguarded and welfare is promoted. We actively work with families to secure positive outcomes for both children and families.
Current Key Themes
Whilst any cause for concern is dealt with appropriately, current key themes that staff are trained to deal with include –
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Prevent – Protecting students from the risk of radicalisation which is now seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties.
Talking to children about sexual abuse
The BBC features advice for parents on how to talk to their children about sexual abuse. Advice for talking to young children includes: have simple conversations with them, teaching them that their body belongs to them and that they can say no if anybody tries to touch them; tell them the difference between a “good” and a “bad” secret; use the NSPCC’s PANTS acronym. Advice for talking to older children includes: keep talking about sex abuse right through to university age; talk about the dangers posed by smartphones and internet use but do not “shame” a child’s behaviour if they do something wrong online.