Safeguarding children - Information for Parents

At Sparkenhoe, we believe it is of the utmost importance to have excellent systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. We have a child protection policy: parents may request a copy of this and it is available via our Policies link under ‘Information’ at the top of this page.

It is important for parents to be aware that:

Staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of additional support or help of some kind or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse.

There are four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect.

In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to children's social care staff, for children to be assessed for their needs or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required. In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to children's social care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.

Children's social care tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion. It has to gather information and generally it can be open with parents about the steps being taken.

If you think your child may have been abused you can contact the children's social care office or the Local Authority's Allegations Manager, Safeguarding unit direct. If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Headteacher or the Designated Senior Persons for Child Protection, who are Miss Jones, Mrs Cooper and Mr Cheetham. If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor. Comfort and reassure your child.

If school staff need to express concerns about a child or refer a child to children's social care, it is understood that this can cause distress or anger for the child's parents. It is important that all parties – parents and school staff - try to discuss these matters as calmly and sensibly as possible.

For parents' enquiries please contact Miss Jones.

All of our staff have been fully trained with Child Protection, E-Safety, Radicalisation and Extremism and Exploitation. The following document (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016) has also been provided to staff and they have signed to say they fully understand the content:

  Keeping_children_safe_in_education-Sept-2016.pdf 

The school Child Protection policy is available on the policies page.

 

 

Latest News
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    date posted: 05/09/20

    Thank you to all the staff, children and parents for helping us have a fantastic first week back at school. It has been lovely to see everyone again.

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    https://www.sparkenhoe.leicester.sch.uk/information/policies

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  • School Closure

    date posted: 03/07/20

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    date posted: 04/06/20

    The Coronavirus risk assessment is available to view in Information/Policies. Or click here.

  • Information

    date posted: 19/04/20

    For support, advice and information about free school meals see COVID-19 support section in the PARENT tab.

    For home learning activities see the HOME LEARNING section in the PARENT tab.

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    date posted: 19/04/20

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    date posted: 20/03/20

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  • Key Workers

    date posted: 20/03/20

    Please follow this link for guidance about who key workers are. If you think this is you please email the school office. Thank you.

  • Coronavirus

    date posted: 15/03/20

    All parents should have received letters from us about the latest guidance. Click on the link to read this and for further guidance from Public Heath England.

    Letter from school

    Coronavirus advice for educational settings

    Other information is available from both Public Health England and NHS websites.

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    date posted: 27/02/20

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    date posted: 27/02/20

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    date posted: 08/01/20
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    date posted: 20/12/19
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    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
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    date posted: 27/08/19

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    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

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    date posted: 10/03/19

     
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    date posted: 10/03/19


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