WhiteheathInfant and Nursery School

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Children's Welfare

Please ensure the school has a current emergency telephone number at which you can be contacted during the day.

At some stage during their time in the Infant school your child will have a routine vision and hearing test. Details of these arrangements will be given to you when your child is admitted to the school when the admission form is completed.

If your child is unfortunately taken ill or has a minor accident at school there are medical facilities for her/him to be cared for until you can collect her/him. In the case of a more serious accident that cannot be dealt with in school, the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately.

If they cannot be contacted the Headteacher will act in ‘loco parentis’ and arrange for your child to taken to a local hospital. You will be informed as soon as possible.

Child Protection
Parents/carers should be aware that the Local Education Authority requires all headteachers to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse. This may be a non-accidental injury, physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.

Schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry. The procedure is intended to protect children who may be at risk. This does mean that headteachers sometimes risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case that, on investigation, proves unfounded.

In such circumstances it is hoped that parents will appreciate the sensitive nature of the Headteacher’s role. The Headteacher and the staff of the school endeavour to always act in the best interest of the child and take this responsibility very seriously.

To safeguard children in our care all teachers and staff, and any adult in sole charge of a child, will have been positively vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).