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It may be helpful to parents to know that the Authority requires Headteachers to report any obvious or suspected child abuse – which includes non–accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.  This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.  This does mean that Headteachers 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 Headteachers to carry out this delicate process responsibly, would accept that the Headteacher was acting in what was believed to be the child’s best interest.

A copy of the Safeguarding policy can be found on our policies section.

Northamptonshire Children's Trust

Standens Barn Primary follows the procedures as set out by Northamptonshire Local Safeguarding Board. For information about this then please click here.

There is a wealth of information on here. Including advice about wellbeing and advice for keeping children safe. This includes keeping children safe online.

On line safety

If you want further advice about keeping children safe online then these websites are particularly useful:

ChildNet

ThinkUKnow

ChildLine

MASH

In line with the County Local Procedures, we may need to refer a situation to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). This is so that someone here can give us advice or instructions on what we need to do next to help keep a child safe.

The Parents guide to MASH can be found here.

Early Help

Sometimes families just need a bit of support to get things back on track and if this is the case then we will invite you to open up an Early Help meeting so that things can be talked through and solutions found before things get too big. Sometimes this can just be for a few weeks or linger if needed.

There is plenty of information about that here.

Prevent

We also work to help prevent children from falling in with the wrong crowd and becoming groomed to think a certain way. This is known as the Prevent duty and you can find out about this here.

Worried about a child?

If you are worried about a child for any reason then contact the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership: 01604 626938

The Designated lead at the school for Safeguarding is Mrs. A James and she is supported by the deputy leads: Mr. S Blight, Mrs. S Drummond, and Mrs. A Allerton

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