As someone who cares for a child, you will know the positive impact your safeguarding, a happy and loving home life and community can have on children. Unfortunately, not all children have the same start in life.
Whilst most children are happy and healthy, we know that there are too many that are not, so we need everyone’s help to identify these children as quickly as possible and that means we need your help in achieving this.
Here are some of the most common signs of abuse and to look out for:
Withdrawn from every day life
Significant weight loss or gain
Acting unusually in social settings
Attendance at school is affected
Regular unexplained bruises or injuries
Frightened or scared of adults
*These signs are not always a result of incidents of abuse or neglect, these are also not the only signs of abuse.
If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child in the Calderdale District.
Calderdale Children’s Social care- Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) 01422 393336 or Bradford Social care MASTadmin@calderdale.gov.uk
If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child in the Bradford District
During office hours call Children's Social Care Initial Contact Point - 01274 435600 - (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday)
At all other times, Social Services Emergency Duty Team - 01274 43101
You can talk to any member of staff in school if you are worried about a child. All members of staff, governors and volunteers have had safeguarding training.
Our school does have special members of staff trained to deal with concerns and worries. They are called Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and are Miss Briggs and Mrs Berry. There are a number of other staff who also have their Designated Safeguarding Lead training to support Miss Briggs and Mrs Berry.
The link below is to our Statutory Safeguarding and Prevent page.