Safeguarding & Child Protection
Safeguarding is central to everything we do at Langton. If you have any concerns regarding the safety of any child please contact the school’s designated person for child protection – Rachel Ray (Headteacher). You may also wish to contact the designated Governor for child protection – Pam Abbott via the School Office.
We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Langton Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school child protection policy is available on request from school or can be viewed below:
Langton School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs, those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world positively. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1
- Children Missing Education – statutory guidance
- Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those Working with Children and Younger People in Education Settings
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused
- Working Together to Safeguard Children
- Use of Reasonable Force in Schools
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Langton School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.
National Help Lines and Websites
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) 0870 000 3344
The UK’s national police centre for protecting young people and children from sexual abuse.
Childline (24 hours): 0800 1111
Free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK.
Childnet 020 7639 6967
A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a safe place for children.
Compass Reach (North Yorkshire)
Compass REACH is a specialist service that works with children and young people aged 9 – 19 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities) who have been screened as having moderate or high levels of need with regard to substance misuse/alcohol.
Contact-A-Family 020 7608 8700 Helpline 0808 808 3555
Support for families of children with disabilities.
Cry-sis 08451 228 669 Help line open 9am-10pm 7 days a week.
Help for parents/carers with persistently crying and/or sleepless babies.
Raising awareness and providing information about alcohol, health issues, legislation and drinking. Has a specific section aimed at parents / carers about how to talk to your child about alcohol – including a short film.
Family Rights Group 020 7923 2628 Main Office. Helpline 0808 801 0366
Support with child protection procedures. 10-3.30pm Mon-Fri
Kidscape 020 7730 3300 Helpline 08451 205 204, or ring Childline 0800 1111
Deals with bullying, stranger danger, threats of abuse.
Lucy Faithfull Foundation 01527 591922
A child protection charity specialising in working with people perpetrating and affected by child sexual abuse.
NCH Action for Children 020 7704 7000
Supports and speaks out for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.
Netmums. 01923 639180
Web based parenting organisation to help parents share information and advice.
http://www.netmums.com 01923 639180
North Yorkshire Healthy Child Team
The healthy child service links health, education and social care to improve the health of all children aged five to 19. It plays an important role by working with school and families to address the health needs of children and young people.
NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) 0800 085 3330
For adult survivors of incest and abuse.
Respond 020 7383 0700. Helpline 0808 808 0700
Sexual abuse and people with learning disabilities.
Online safety tools for families.
Talk to Frank
Information on a range of substance, both legal and illegal and information on how to talk to your child about these issues.
Women’s Aid 0117 944 4411 Freephone 24 hr helpline 0808 2000 247
Emergency accommodation for abused women and children.
Think You Know
Online educational resources for children and young people provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.