We all have a duty to ensure that children’s rights are protected under the UN Convention of Human Rights. If you have any concerns at all about a child you must follow the procedure outlined below.
If you do not have enough information yourself to be sure that the child has not been abused, it is your duty to that child to report your suspicions. Children have a right to be protected.
Definition of Abuse
Children may be in need of protection when their basic needs are not being met, in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development, and they will be at risk through avoidable acts of commission or omission on the part of their parent(s), sibling(s), or a carer.
Categories of Abuse
- Physical Injury
- Sexual Abuse
- Non-organic Failure to Thrive
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical Neglect
Child Protection Officer
- Any member of school staff that suspects abuse has occurred/is likely to occur must notify the Child Protection Officer. At Charleston Academy the designated person is Miss Rona Macpherson (Depute Rector). In her absence any other member of the Senior Management Team should be informed.
- If, following discussion, concerns remain then the designated person will contact the senior social worker/team manager (presently Ms Gillian Forest) from the local social work services office.
The Child Protection Officer will ensure that:
- referrals have been passed to senior social worker/team manager,
- they attend and contribute to Case Conferences and Reviews, and
- the senior social worker/team manager is made aware of anything that may affect case conference recommendations.