If a child discloses something to you which gives cause for concern:
Þ Listen and accept what is being said
Þ Allow the child to talk freely
Þ Reassure the child, but do not promise to keep any secrets
Þ Do not interrogate the child or ask leading questions
Þ Try not to act shocked even though the information may be disturbing
How should I record the details of the disclosure?
If it is appropriate, try and make notes during the conversation, or try and record the information as soon as you can using exact words and phrases and record body language where possible.
Report to the Designated Members of Staff:
*you can see them on our Safeguarding Team poster HERE!*
What should I do if a member of staff gives cause for concern?
Report the allegation to the Headteacher. If the allegation is about the Headteacher, then you should contact the Chair of Governors: Mr Keith Guthrie (details available on the school website via the school office).
What should I do if I am worried about a child?
If you become concerned about a child whilst working with them, please report this immediately to either of our Designated Members of Staff.
If for some reason these members of staff are not available, please see either:
Þ Mr Moore - Assistant Head
Þ Mrs Mason - Head of Early Years
Þ Mrs Woodward - Manager of B&A Club
Þ Mrs Moulder - Manager of Leapfrogs Nursery
The information will be passed onto the appropriate member of staff.