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WE ARE A SCHOOL WHICH PLACES THE SAFEGUARDING OF CHILDREN AS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY.

Batley Parish School seeks to foster a safe school environment. All staff recognise our duty of care towards all children within the school.

If you have any concerns, please speak to one of us without delay.

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Child Protection Statement

We recognise that Batley Parish Junior, Infant and Nursery School has a clear duty (upheld by law) to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of our children; and that only children free from physical and emotional harm will develop to realise their full potential and entitlement.

All members of the school community aim to establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where children can feel secure; are safe from physical harm; are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust; and are listened to.

Through training, all staff are able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff is updated regularly in line with national guidelines. Our designated safeguarding lead professionals are Mr Sunter (Headteacher) and Mrs Tomlinson (Family Liaison Officer). Mr Richard Martin is our safeguarding governor.

All staff are responsible for recording and passing on any concerns which are collected and reviewed by the designated staff, who in turn ensure that children generating concerns are monitored and where necessary, that concerns are passed on to the appropriate social care agencies. We also commit to working in partnership with external agencies in order to support and protect children. Similarly if you as parents have child protection concerns about any child, please speak to Mr Sunter, Mrs Tomlinson or Mrs Gillow, our SENCO.

Whilst we always strive to work confidentially and in partnership with parents, it should be noted that, where there are concerns relating to the safety of a child, in some situations, it is necessary to share information with other agencies and authorities without parental consent.

In line with the ‘Safer Recruitment’ guidance, all staff, including volunteers who have access to children, in our school have been carefully selected and screened and all have had enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks. Should allegations be made against members of staff we will follow LA guidance in dealing with them. This guidance ensures that the safety of the child is paramount.

Should a parent or other member of the school community have a safeguarding concern, this can be shared with school staff or by contacting http://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk; http://www.nspcc.org.uk; http://www.ceop.gov.uk for online safety concerns or Kirklees Referral and Response Service on 01484 456848.

The school’s full Safeguarding policy is available to parents and carers online or via the school office.

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