At school we must follow a simple principle ‘Never Go Home with a Concern.’ Birkett House regards it’s responsibility to safeguard pupils with the upmost importance. Keeping pupils safe is our ‘golden thread’ that can be seen and felt in every element of the schools work and staff are empowered to report a concern or worry. Staff receive regular safeguarding training and there is Governor oversight on this work.
The Safeguarding Policy can be found below and clearly identifies how we will deal with a concern. Because Birkett House operates across a variety of sites there are five members of senior staff holding Designated Senior Lead training ensuring a fast and consistent response to concerns.
It may also be helpful to know that the Authority requires Headteachers to report any obvious or suspected child abuse to Social Care. This duty is not something we consider lightly and we hope that you would recognise that the school has to act in what was believed to be in the child’s best interest.
Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.
You can also contact Leicestershire Support Services, called First Response, 0116 3050005, if you have an immediate concern.
Concerns that are non-urgent and supportive of your parenting you can self-refer to Early Help or talk to a member of staff.
Below are a few links that you might find useful in supporting your child.