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Safeguarding

Wescott Infant School plays an essential role in protecting children from abuse. Staff have close, regular contact with the pupils and are in a strong position to:

  • identify child protection concerns early
  • provide help and support
  • help children understand how to stay safe from abuse
  • refer a child to relevant agencies

Safeguarding responsibilities

Wescott Infant School has a statutory duty to protect children in our care. We have:

  • a child protection policy
  • child protection procedures
  • a designated lead for child protection
  • safe recruitment processes

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Wescott Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all pupils, staff, volunteers, visitors and external agencies to share this commitment.

Our Safeguarding Policy is written with due regard to the Department for Education statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2021.

Should you have any concerns regarding the welfare or safety of a pupil please speak to Mrs Holding Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead. If Mrs Holding is unavailable then Mrs Bate our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead would be able to assist you.

Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect

If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through Abuse or Neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.

To contact Wokingham’s Triage Team by email: triage@wokingham.gov.uk or by phone: 0118 908 8002.

This team will use your information to make a decision about how they can best respond to your concerns.

You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC who will offer you support and advice if you are feeling worried about a child’s safety: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/report/

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