Schools support and safeguarding
Children and young people have a right to be protected from harm, and families have a right to expect schools to provide a safe and secure environment.
All schools have a legal duty to follow government statutory guidance and work in partnership with other agencies to safeguard children welfare.
Your schools governing body or proprietor will appoint a senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection matters affecting pupils at the school (the 'designated safeguarding lead'). Your school will have a child protection policy, to explain how your school deals with child protection concerns, including allegations about the behaviour of members of staff. These policies should be made available on your school's website and reviewed and updated annually.
Schools must follow:
• The law
• Guidance from the Department for Education
• Local multi-agency child protection procedures
If the school is worried about a pupil's welfare, and they are concerned the pupil is at risk of significant harm they have a duty to refer this on to MASH . The school will normally let the pupil's parent(s) know when they do this. But they should not contact parents if they think this could put the pupil at risk of harm. When a school refers a child protection concern to a social worker, they must share all relevant information about the pupil.
The Data Protection Act allows schools to share personal information with other agencies when there are child protection concerns.
Within 24 hours of receiving the referral, the social worker, usually in consultation with other agencies, will decide what should happen next.
If they decide it needs looking into further, the appropriate action will depend on the circumstances. It could include:
• An initial assessment
• Child protection enquiries, including agencies assessing the risks to any children based upon information shared, research and talking to those concerned
• If the referral is an allegation about a member of staff, please see information regarding DOFA
They will contact you to let you know what is happening as soon as possible.
Support for schoolchildren
The Wiltshire Primary Mentoring Scheme aims to enhance early intervention and prevention through the provision of a mentoring programme for primary school age pupils (8-11 year olds) who are at risk of developing social, emotional and mental health difficulties. This will help build resilience and resolve many emerging difficulties, thereby preventing these problems from getting worse and progressing into a more serious emotional wellbeing or mental health problem. Children need the right help, in the right place, at the right time to prevent mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct and eating disorders reaching crisis point and stopping them from achieving positive life outcomes. The service is targeted for use by pupils in schools which are geographically located in areas of most need (deprivation and poverty).
Volunteer mentors meet with the children in their schools and carry out various activities to meet the assessed goals.
For further information, please contact:
Go Girls and CHAPS Programmes are offered for years 8-10 across secondary schools in Wiltshire. The programmes provide the young people with opportunities to engage with sessions on issues that affect them. They also aim to promote self-esteem, assertiveness, healthy relationships, keeping safe, stress and anger, substance abuse and, on the final session, the young people get the opportunity to be creative and learn how to make jewellery. We have volunteers who help out with these programmes.
For further information, please contact:
The Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) aims to improve the capacity of schools to raise the attainment and achievement of pupils from minority ethnic groups and of learners of English as an Additional Language.
Referrals to EMTAS via DART.
Details of the service can be found on Right Choice: Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) Right Choice website.