What to do if you are worried about a child
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at this school or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away.
Some issues such as a child’s appearance, hygiene, or general behaviour can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff in the school. Please don’t worry that you may be reporting a small matter – we would rather you tell us things which turn out to be small than miss a worrying situation.
However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, where the child has been harmed or is at risk of harm, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to one of the staff below immediately. Do not delay. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.
The people you should talk to at this school are:
Alternatively, a referral can be made to children’s social care immediately. Anybody can make a referral.
- Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
- Phone Number: 020 8871 6622 (9am to 5pm)
- Email: MASH@wandsworth.gov.uk
Outside of normal office hours (after 5pm) and at weekends/public holidays, the Emergency Duty Team should be contacted on 020 8871 6000
- In an emergency, if you are seriously concerned about a child’s immediate safety, always contact the Police - dial 999.
- You can also call the NSPCC Freephone Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or report online at www.nspcc.org.uk
Any allegation or disclosure involving someone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity must be reported directly to the Head Teacher, unless it involves them and then it should be reported directly to the Chair of the Governing Board.
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and the Metropolitan Police Service. This project is known as Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is the notification to schools that a child (under 18) has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. This will ordinarily be done by the start of the next school day. Operation Encompass will ensure that the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is informed. The DSL can then use the information that has been shared, in confidence, to support the wellbeing of the child. The school may be able to make provisions or adjustments to assist the child and their family.
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