Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection:

East Lothian Council has a range of duties and responsibilities in relation to the child protection procedures for all pupils which includes their right to be protected from harm and abuse.

The school’s duties and responsibilities for this are set out in the Edinburgh and Lothian’s Child Protection Committee’s “Child Protection Guidelines” which are used by all East Lothian schools and our partner agencies.

This document can be viewed here: www.emppc.org.uk

In circumstances where a school has a significant concern that a child or young person has, or is at risk of being harmed or abused, the school is required to pass information to the Police, Social Work Department and Health colleagues who have a legal duty to investigate further.  While we always try to work in an open manner with parents and carers, there are some circumstances when it may not be appropriate to inform the parent or carer that a Child Protection referral has been made or that information has been passed on to these agencies.  Under these circumstances, the decision as to when and how parents and carers will be informed is the responsibility of the Police, Social Work and Health Services as part of their investigation and the school will be informed by these services of the action that they have taken.

Should you wish to discuss this or any associated matter further, please contact the Headteacher or the school’s designated Child Protection Co-ordinator.