Leicester City Primary PRU operates a Child Protection and Safeguarding policy in line with legal requirements. As parents and carers you need to know that the Children Act 1989 requires all staff at the PRU to pass on information which raises concerns that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.
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All of these procedures are intended to protect children and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be over-cautious than risk a child's safety. They therefore have an unavoidable duty to contact the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
Occasionally, this duty on the Headteacher and other Designated Safeguarding Leads means that they must risk upsetting some parents by reporting a concern that, upon investigation, proves to be unfounded. In these circumstances, it is hoped that parents/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility and accept that they are acting in good faith and have to take these steps tin the best interest of children.
The Management Committee is responsible for ensuring that the PRU follows the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board in the 'Every Child Matters: Change for Children' guidance. This guidance is underpinned by the 2004 Children Act. Detailed information is available on the website www.lcitylscb.org/
The H.M. Government publication 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' provides the guidance for child protection procedures at the Leicester City Primary PRU.
In most cases of child protection, the Management Committee will delegate responsibility to the Headteacher.
Who to contact for advice and support or to report a concern
You may be unsure about whether you're right to be worried, but it is important that you don't keep any concerns to yourself.
Leicester City Primary PRU
Designated Safeguarding Leads 0116 208 1470 email@example.com
Children's Social Care
Leicester City Council 0116 454 1004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leicestershire County Council 0116 305 0005 email@example.com
Rutland County Council 01572 758407 firstname.lastname@example.org
For non emergencies you should call 101 or 0116 222 2222
If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger you should call 999.
Safeguarding Children Boards
More information is available on both the Leicester City and Leicestershire & Rutland Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
Leicester City www.lcitylscb.org/
Leicestershire & Rutland lrsb.org.uk
The New Futures Project
The project supports girls and boys at risk of sexual exploitation 0116 251 0803 www.new-futures.org.uk
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and exploitation www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
The LSCB's are supporting Barnardo's 'Cut Them Free' campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and help prevent it happening to young people in our area www.barnardos.org/cutthemfree
A support and information agency for parents about child sexual exploitation www.paceuk.info