ARTICLE 3 (best interests of the child) The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
Trafalgar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
If you are concerned about the safety of any child in our school, you must report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Miss G Pearse. If you ever have cause to become concerned about the conduct of a member of staff or a volunteer in our school, you must contact the Headteacher, Mrs C Copeland.
Everybody has a responsibility to keep children under the age of 18 safe and this applies to the home and school environment. Information on how you can support your child to stay safe online can be found here
For further advice and information on local safeguarding procedures, visit HIPS website: https://hipsprocedures.org.uk/
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), also known as the designated officer, is a role set out in the government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Portsmouth’s LADO, Hayley Cowmeadow, is contactable by phone on 023 9288 2500 or email [email protected]
The LADO should be alerted when it is alleged that anyone working in a school or college that provides education for children 18 years of age, including supply staff or volunteers has:
· behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child
· possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;
· behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she may pose a risk of harm to children
· behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.
Anyone can make a referral to Children’s Social Care and/or the police and you should do this immediately if you believe a child is suffering or likely to suffer from harm, or in immediate danger:
Portsmouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – 02392 688793
Police – 999
To view the Trafalgar School Safeguarding policy click here.
To view the Trafalgar School Safeguarding policy 2020 click here. (Takes effect from September 2020.)
To view the Trafalgar School Anti bullying policy click here.