Child Protection Information for Parents

Keeping your child safe at Garnteg Primary School

Protecting your child from abuse at school: your school’s role

Everyone at Garnteg Primary School and in the education service plays a part in keeping children and young people safe from harm and abuse. Creating a safe learning environment, identifying pupils who are suffering or at risk of harm and then taking appropriate action, are vital to ensuring children are safe at home and at school.

 

The role of Garnteg Primary school in protecting your child from abuse

  • Your child’s school has a number of measures in place to help protect them;:
  • Staff who have been trained to identify signs of abuse including what to do if they or someone else is worried about a child
  • a designated teacher responsible for dealing with child protection
  • procedures for checking on staff before they are allowed to work with children
  • a child protection policy which includes procedures to be followed if a teacher or other member of staff is accused of harming a child
  • Child Protection’ provides advice to schools and others on their responsibilities in relation to child protection. We also have a pastoral counsellor who works in the school.

ALL INCIDENTS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO :

The named child protection officer Mrs S Roche Headteacher

IN HER ABSENCE ALL INCIDENTS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO :

The Deputy Named Protection officers

  1. Miss C Thomas Deputy Head teacher
  2. Mrs L Davies AENCO and Miss Lilly SLT

The Child Protection Officer for Torfaen is Mr D Joseph

TEL: 01633 647333

 

Pastoral Care in schools: Child Protection

As well as having child protection procedures in place, schools should teach your child how to protect themselves. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons cover issues such as:

  • risky behaviour
  • appropriate and inappropriate physical contact
  • dealing with peer pressure
  • Dealing with suspected cases of abuse
  • School staff will listen to and work closely with parents to make sure your child feels safe and protected in the school environment.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, you should report it to police or local social services. If you work in a school, you should tell the designated teacher responsible for child protection. They will take the appropriate action based on procedures set out by the local authority and local safeguarding children board, notifying the authorities where it is required.

Once the authorities are notified, they will decide the best way to proceed. The school’s role is then limited. School staff will not take part in an investigation, though they may be called on to supply information. They may also be asked to provide additional support for the child or young person.

Please remember that all staff at Garnteg Primary school has a duty of care to report a Child protection concern to Torfaen social services department we act on behalf of all our children to keep our children safe.