What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Key Safeguarding Team
The safeguarding team is in charge of keeping children safe at home and at school. They are called Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Safeguading Team (ID 1274)
Liz WoolleyDesignated Safeguarding Lead
Fran CracknellDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Darren BarhamDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Helen CollinsSafeguarding Governor
Child Protection Policy
You can find out more in our Child Protection Policy
Brooklands recognises the benefits and opportunities which technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. To find out more please read our parents page on Online Safety.
Where to Go for Further Support
Parenting and caring for a child can be very rewarding, but it can also bring it’s challenges and difficult situations throughout all stages of bringing up a child.
If you are worried about anything please contact one of the members of the safeguarding team above.
NYSCP has provided useful links to information, advice, local and national resources, and services who can provide support to deal with the challenges parenting and caring can throw up to help keep your child safe.
These links will provide general advice and information on where you can go to access further support for you and your child. However should you worried that your child is in immediate danger please visit the NYSCP Worried About a Child page on the steps you can take and the services you can contact who can help you in these circumstances.
Worried About a Child? Make a Referral
Anyone can make a referral to the North Yorkshire Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) if you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect or abuse, whether as a member of the public or as a professional.
Where there are significant immediate concerns about the safety of a child, you should contact the police on 999.
Everyone has a responsibility to refer a child when it is believed or suspected that a child:
- Has suffered significant harm and /or;
- Is likely to suffer significant harm and/or;
- Has developmental and welfare needs which are likely only to be met through provision of family support services (with agreement of the child’s parent).
If you believe the situation is urgent but does not require the police, please call 01609 780780 to make a telephone contact.
Should your call be outside of business hours (Monday – Friday / 9am-5pm) please still call 01609 780780 to speak to the Emergency Duty Team.
A written referral using the universal referral form must be completed and submitted within 24 hours of your telephone call.
You do not need to make a telephone contact prior to submitting a written referral should the situation not be urgent.
To make a written referral, a universal referral form must be completed. You must ensure that all relevant information, including parental consent or clear reasons why this has not been obtained, is provided to ensure that the referral can be progressed as effectively as possible. You will receive acknowledgement of your contact being received. Should you not receive this please follow up to ensure your information has been received.
To ensure you are using the most up to date universal referral form please download the form from the website below.
Managing Allegations Against Those Who Work or Volunteer with Children
In accordance with Working Together (2018), where an organisation has received an allegation that a volunteer or member of staff who works with children 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; or
– behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children; or
– behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
You should contact the Duty Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01609 533080.
A referral should be sent to the LADO within one working day using the LADO Referral Form, giving as much detail as possible. Completed LADO Referral Forms should be emailed using secure mail to the email@example.com or if you do not have a secure email address please contact 01609 533080 within office hours.
Where there is an immediate threat to a child please contact the Police or the contact the Emergency Duty Team (if outside office hours) on 01609 780780.
If your enquiry is out of office hours please contact 01609 780780.