If you have any concerns about children attending Langdale then you should contact Ms Linda Hillier - Safeguarding lead for the school.
In her absence contact Miss Sophie Lomas - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Governor for safeguarding: Jo Chinnock
If you are unable to contact them for any reason then please contact Children's Services 01253478959
Langdale Free School ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited.
Langdale Free School also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children's services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, Langdale Free School will be able to inform the parents/ carers of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children's services or police that the parents/ carers cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/ carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.
Langdale Free School will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
NEVER KEEP CONCERNS ABOUT CHILDREN’S SAFETY TO YOURSELF
Remember these three important messages:
- All children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.
- Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility.
- We all need to listen to children even though we may not always be comfortable with what we hear.
We follow a clear set of procedures when concerns arise and deal with matters sensitively.
All staff receive appropriate training at regular intervals. We have excellent recruitment procedures; every member of staff has full checks as do visitors, regular volunteers, supply teachers and governors. We have policies and practices that focus on ensuring the health and well-being of the children.
We have ways of monitoring and responding to incidents of concern, for example: unexplained absences, difficult behaviour and significant changes in physical or emotional appearance. The ethos of the school is open so that staff, parents and children feel able to share concerns. Parents who volunteer on a regular basis (at least once a week) will be asked to undertake full DBS checks.
Use of Images (School)
When your child starts at Langdale and for the duration of their education here, parents/carers will be asked to complete a permission form to allow images of your child to be published by the school on the school's website or in press releases. If you would like to change your parental preference then please contact the school office.
Use of Cameras and Digital Images (Parents/Carers) - 'THINK BEFORE WE POST'
At Langdale, we are happy for parents and carers to take photos and videos at school events for personal use but please could we remind you that these images must not be distributed or put online unless they are only of your own children. This is to protect and safeguard all members of the community.
The Data Protection Act does not stop parents from taking images or videos at school events but you would breach it if you did not have the consent from other parents whose children might be captured in those photos or videos.
How can parents help with keeping children safe?
- Make sure all addresses and contact numbers are up to date
- If someone different is picking your child up, please let us know
- Be at school on time every day
- Notify the school about your child’s absence – unexplained absences are a key trigger for concern
- Take full note of the advice to parents if you are accompanying a class trip and ensure that you attend the briefing meeting
- Share any concerns you may have about another child with a member of staff or one of the designated child protection team
Reporting a Concern Regarding a Child
If you are worried or concerned about a child, you can also report this through the NSPCC website. If you have concerns about a child's safety and wellbeing, including a child in your family, you can use this form to tell the NSPCC helpline. An advisors will read it within 24 hours and decide what action needs to be taken.
The Childline number for children is: 0800 1111
The Parent line is: 0808 800 5000