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Safeguarding at Whitby Heath
The Whitby Heath safeguarding team, along with all the staff, volunteers and visitors to school aim to ensure that every child receives the best education possible. We work hard to create a welcoming atmosphere which develops the social and emotional needs of everyone. Children in school are nurtured, valued and treated equally. Worries, concerns and thoughts of children are listened to in an environment of mutual respect. We support our children and their families by assessing issues and working with the family and professionals both inside and outside of school to find solutions.
You can contact any member of the Safeguarding Team or member of staff if you have a concern relating to a child.
Should you ever have urgent concerns for the immediate safety of a child you should contact the police.
When working with practitioners from other agencies, at times there will be differences of opinion or concerns about professional practice in relation to a child, young person or family. If we feel that a practitioner, or an agency, is not acting in the best interests of the child, young person or family, we have the responsibility to respectfully challenge the practitioner, or agency, and escalate that concern if resolution is not achieved. We would use the Pan Cheshire Escalation Policy to effectively challenge any practice we feel is not in the best interest of the child, young person or family. Pan Cheshire Escalation Policy
Useful information for parents and children:
If you have concerns about a child you can and should seek advice from professionals. The Integrated Access and Referral Team 0300 123 7047(option 1) will give advice and guidance about making referral. If you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, this should be reported without delay to the police service as a 999 emergency.