Every school is required to follow a set of procedures in cases of suspected child abuse. This is a very sensitive area and 'Designated Personnel' are required to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional and/or sexual abuse.
These procedures are intended to protect children at risk and so the school is encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion, it is better to be safe than sorry. This may mean that the 'Designated Person' may risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded.
In such circumstances it is hoped that the parents appreciate how difficult it is to carry out this delicate responsibility and would accept that we were acting in the best interests of the child. At Paston Ridings, we have four Designated People:
- Mrs Joanna Cook - Headteacher
- Mrs Nicola Harradine - Deputy Headteacher (Safeguarding Lead)
- Miss Gina Hayes - Assistant Headteacher
- Mrs Kay Giaffreda - SENCo
- Mrs Sue Antill - Parent Partnership Coordinator
We also employ a Parent Partnership Coordinator, Mrs Sue Antill, who is available to support families with Early Help.