Keeping children safe at Chyngton is our highest priority. We work in many ways to achieve this: through our curriculum, our policies, our practices and through encouraging an open climate where the children can share any concerns they have. We have ‘worry boxes’ in the classrooms and the Garden Room and in her role as Child Welfare and Parent Support Advisor, Ms Raven talks with many children, parents and carers.
I lead the Safeguarding Team at Chyngton and if you have any concerns about a child, please arrange to speak with myself or another member of the Safeguarding team. You can contact me via email:
Tracey Guest Designated Safeguarding Lead
What to do if you have concerns
If there is a concern about the welfare of a child, school staff will report this to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Tracey Guest Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Robin Tollyfield, Miss Amy Clarke and Ms Angela Raven It may be helpful to parents to know that the Local Authority requires schools to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse – which includes non- accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. When possible and if appropriate, the school will discuss any concerns with you before taking the concern further. This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that when there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. This does mean that schools risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case, which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for schools to carry out this difficult responsibility, would accept that the school was acting in what were believed to be the child’s best interests.
IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELFARE OF A CHILD YOU COULD ALSO CALL;
NSPCC Childline:0800 1111
If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact their professional counsellors for help, advice and support, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 0808 800 5000
Contacting the Single Point of Advice 01323 464222 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm) Out of hours, with serious concerns that can’t wait till the next working day, contact their Emergency Duty Service. 01273 335906 or 01273 335905 – (Monday to Thursday 5pm to 8.30am, after 4.30pm on Fridays, weekends and bank holidays). Or email 0–19.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk
School Policies and Procedures For full details regarding our child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures please refer to the respective policies on our policies page and should be read alongside the https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2
Help and Advice
Some online and other safeguarding resources can be found in below and others can be accessed from our Online Safety and Family wellbeing sections of the website.
Support services across Sussex https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/health-safety-wellbeing/mental-health-emotional/support-services/
Early years information can be found at https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/early-years/info-for-parents/
All of these websites are really accessible and useful and provide help for adults and children, especially in light of Covid 19.