It is critical as parents that you understand from the outset the school’s legal and moral obligations to safeguard all of our children. As a school, we will always act within the guidelines and procedures that are set out to schools. We won’t hesitate to take the steps that you as parents would expect us to take to ensure that the school is a safe and emotionally healthy place to be. Equally, if a child was ever to indicate that they were at risk of harm or in any kind of danger we would always work with the relevant outside agencies and yourselves to take any appropriate next steps. Every school is governed first and foremost by its ability to protect children and here at Fairfield Academy we are no different in taking our statutory duties very seriously. By making a choice to send your child to our school you are doing that with a full understanding of the priority that we place on taking care of all aspects of our children’s development and well-being.
Like any member of the public, we all have a responsibility to act in the best interests of child safety and to report any concerns around maltreatment or abuse - if you feel concerned about a child’s welfare or safety please do go through the correct channels to get that advice and guidance. The NSPCC has a helpline that anybody can use confidentially which is 0808 800 5000.
We strive to ensure that all of our children are safe, happy and enjoy their childhoods. If you ever have any concerns about a child in our school please speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead Miss Matanga or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Irving and Mrs Harrison.
Additionally, you can also make a referral to social care directly on 01472 326292 option 2. More information can be found at Report a concern about a child | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)
For information on North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and local authority arrangements for safeguarding, please see the following website links:
Virtual parents webinar - [Parents/[North East Lincolnshire]-webinar | Skips Safety Net (skipseducational.org)