Parents

 

Safeguarding

Child Protection: Safeguarding children - Information for Parents

At Albert Village, we believe it is of the utmost importance to have excellent systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. We have a safeguarding and child protection policy: parents may request a copy of this and it is available from the office.

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 can contact the children's social care office or the Local Authority's Allegations Manager, Safeguarding unit direct. If you think the abuse may have happened in school, contact the Headteacher or the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection, who is Mrs Savage. 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. It is important that all parties - parents and school staff - try to discuss these matters as calmly and sensibly as possible
Frequently asked questions

Can we visit the school when it is working?

We encourage all new parents to visit the school while we are working.

What size are the classes in school?

Our policy is for the children to be in the smallest classes we can manage. There are fluctuating numbers across the school and from year to year as the numbers of children coming into school varies considerably.

Do children have homework?

Children will be bringing reading books home to read with you from the Reception classes onward. This is an important home task. As they progress through Key Stage 1, they will begin to bring work which they can complete at home.`

Children in Key Stage 2 will also be expected to read to you at home and will bring work to do, mainly in Maths and English. Older Key Stage 2 children will also be encouraged to carry out other work at home.

Do children wear uniform?

We encourage children to wear our school's recommended dress which includes a range of sweatshirts, polo shirts and tops which are available from the school office. There is more information further on in this booklet.

How often will we hear about the progress that our children are making?

You will be invited to Parent interviews in the Autumn term  and Spring term  to learn about their progress and targets. In the summer, you will receive a report which will tell you progress in each curriculum area.

What provision is there for children who have difficulties or disabilities?

The school’s work with children who need extra support for their learning is led by Mrs Harnden, who is the Co-ordinator for Special Needs. We try to ensure that children with particular needs are included in all of the curriculum provision made by school. If you would like specific help or information, please contact Mrs. Harnden.