St Patrick’s RC Primary School
CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURE
TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH
St Patrick’s ‘Child Protection Policy’
‘London Child Protection Procedures’, third edition 2007
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ DCSF 2010
Designated teacher: Ms Vannessa Clark
Designated Governor: Mrs Kathy Elliffe
At St Patrick's Miss Murphy, Head Teacher, and Ms Clark, Assistant Head,
have particular responsibility for child protection matters.
All children have a right to protection. If there is any doubt about the safety of
a child, the concerns and doubts should be discussed with Miss Murphy or Ms
Concerns or suspicions must to be discussed with Miss Murphy or Ms Clark in the first
A written record of a disclosure to be made with date and signature. Written record to be given
to Miss Murphy or Ms Clark. Formatted record forms are available in the staff room and from
Ms Clark. See APPENDIX
In cases of serious concern a referral to Children’s Services will be made before the end of the
All records are kept in a locked and confidential file
All current and historical child protection information is securely transferred when a pupil
moves schools, including transition at the end of year six.
An investigation under the child protection procedures will be triggered when
an allegation or suspicion of any of the following forms of abuse is made:
Refer to the appendix ‘Recognition of Abuse and Neglect’ contained in the Greenwich staff
handout, ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Basic procedures for all staff and
Taken from the Greenwich staff handout ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused –
Basic procedures for all staff and volunteers’
2. Initial response to concerns that a child is suffering harm through abuse or neglect, or has
caused or is causing physical or sexual harm to others
2.1 Whenever a child reports that they are suffering or have suffered significant harm through
abuse or neglect, or have caused or are causing physical or sexual harm to others, the initial
response from all professionals should be limited to listening carefully to what the child says
clarify the concerns;
offer reassurance about how the child will be kept safe;
explain what action will be taken.
2.2 The child must not be pressed for information, led or cross-examined or given false assurances
of absolute confidentiality, as this could prejudice police investigations, especially in cases of
2.3 Any question asked at this stage should be:
Necessary – the purpose of asking a question at this stage is to establish whether or not
there is a concern, not to interrogate the child or conduct an investigation.
Non-leading – do not use questions that suggest an answer.
Open – avoid questions that invite only a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.
2.4 If the child can understand the significance and consequences of making a referral to LA
children’s social care, they should be asked their view.
2.5 However, it should be explained to the child that whilst their view will be taken into account,
the professional has a responsibility to take whatever action is required to ensure the child’s
safety and the safety of other children.
2.6 Overall, the response to the child at this stage should be:
Sensitive (arrange a safe and private environment for the child to talk)
Calm (don’t show shock or horror)
Reassuring (tell the child that they were right to tell/have done nothing wrong etc.)
Responsive (acknowledge how difficult it was for the child to tell, explain what needs to
Honest (don’t make promises that you can’t keep)
Supportive (put arrangements in place for initial support)
2.7 You may become concerned about a child due to reasons other than a direct allegation from the
child. For example:
You may ask a child about a mark or injury and be dissatisfied with an explanation of an
You may be informed by a third party that a child is being abused
You may have concerns based on the child’s presentation and/or behaviour.
You may establish a concern over time about the quality of parenting and care that the
child is receiving at home.
3. Reporting your concern
3.1 Any concern that a child is suffering or has suffered significant harm through abuse or neglect,
or has caused or is causing physical or sexual harm to others must be discussed immediately
with the Designated Person for Child Protection or their deputy.
3.2 Sometimes staff and volunteers will have a concern that, although not suffering abuse or
neglect, a child may be in need of services to promote their health or wellbeing. A referral to
Children’s Social Care as a ‘Child in Need’ or an assessment under the Common Assessment
Framework may be required. Under these circumstances the Designated Person for Child
Protection or their deputy should be consulted and a plan of action agreed.
Any disagreement between staff/volunteers and the Designated Person about whether or not a
concern should be referred to Children’s Safeguarding and Social Care should be resolved by
immediately consulting with the IRAS duty social worker (0208 921 3172) or with Ken Palmer,
Greenwich’s Child Protection Co-ordinator for Schools (020 8921 4438) (07805704113)
4.1 At the first available opportunity make a record detailing what you observed (including any
marks or injuries) and what you heard.
4.2 Record anything that the child told you and any conversations you had with other children or
4.3 Record any actions taken.
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
All members of staff will have a current CRB check.
Induction Procedures for new staff
All staff will have access to this document and the school’s ‘Child Protection Policy’
INSET will be provided at the beginning of each school year and in response to need.
For further guidance and information refer to
1. Greenwich staff handout ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Basic
procedures for all staff and volunteers’
2. London Child Protection Procedures endorsed by Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board,
third edition 2007
3. ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children,’ a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and
promote the welfare of children. DCSF 2010
Ratified by the Inclusion and Well Being Committee on 3rd March 2011
St Patrick’s Primary School
Griffin Road, Plumstead, SE18 7QG
Child Protection Record
Name of Child
Name of Class Teacher
Name of person completing this form
Chronology of Incident and Concerns
Date Time Location Those Present
Notes of Incidents/allegations or observations giving rise to
Who has been notified
School CPO Mrs Vannessa Clark
School CPO follow up record
Date Action by Action