Marshfields is committed to safeguarding our children. Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must ‘make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’
Marshfields will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which give rise to concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that school may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.
In accordance with local information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitivity. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Person for Child Protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of all children.
Under section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may....do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.
The following information is taken from the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board's website. You can find more information by clicking this link:
Are you a Parent or Carer?
The safety and welfare of children - or safeguarding - is everyone's business. You could be a neighbour, friend, parent, relative, childminder, teacher or doctor - or working for any organisation which has contact with children and young people.
Safeguarding means protecting children from physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.
Most children generally enjoy a happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to keep them safe and protect them from future harm.
If you suspect or believe a child is suffering or is likely to suffer Significant Harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, you should report your concerns.
If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an Ambulance (call 999).
Child & Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough PE3 6SD, Tel: 01733 424101, Fax: 01733 424366
If you want to discuss your concerns or need advice e.g. if you not sure whether your concerns are justified, you would like more information about issues like confidentiality or you would like to know what happens next (after you have reported your concerns), do one of the following:
- Call the NSPCC National Helpline 0808 800 5000
- Call Peterborough Children's Services Referral & Assessment 01733 864180
- Call Peterborough Children's Services out of hours 01733 561370
- Call Peterborough Police 0345 456 4564
- Check Peterborough LSCB Procedures
Our current designated safeguarding officers are Jude Macdonald Headteacher and Paula Elton Family Partnership worker.
Their email address can be found on the contacts page.