Safeguarding & Child Protection
Pudsey Tyersal Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and we expect all members of staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please click on the link below to access our Child Protection Policy.
The staff at Pudsey Tyersal Primary School have an overriding responsibility to protect the children at our school and work in partnership with other agencies like the Health Authority, Social Services and the police. Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the Local Authority Child Protection Procedures.
It is important for parents to be aware that:
• Staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child, whether this means the child may be in need of additional support or help of some kind or whether it is thought that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse.
• There are four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect.
• In some cases the school is obliged to refer children to children’s social care staff, for children to be assessed for their needs or if an investigation into possible child abuse is required. In many cases there will already have been discussions between school staff and the parents of the child, and the situation and concerns will not be a surprise to the parents. However, parents may not be told that the school has referred their child to children’s social care if it is thought that this might put the child at risk.
• Children’s social care tries to carry out its enquiries in a sensitive fashion. It has to gather information and generally it can be open with parents about the steps being taken.
• If you think your child may have been abused you should contact the children’s social care office. If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Designated Senior Persons for Child Protection, who are Mrs Johanna Jobson, Mrs Sally Spaven or Mrs Dawn Sanderson. If you think your child has been hurt, arrange to visit your doctor. Comfort and reassure your child.
• If school staff need to express concerns about a child or refer a child to children’s social care, it is understood that this can cause distress or anger for the child’s parents. For parent’s enquiries please contact: Mrs Johanna Jobson, Mrs Sally Spaven or Mrs Dawn Sanderson (Designated Senior Persons for Child Protection.)
If you have a concern about the safety of a child and school is closed, please ring Social Care on:
Bradford 01274 437500
out of hours number 01274 431010
Leeds 0113 222 4403
out of hours number 0113 240 9536