Schools have an important role in recognising and referring alleged cases of abuse. It is the individual school’s responsibility to raise awareness and to ensure staff receive appropriate training and induction.
The Learning and Achievement Department has a duty to monitor this in the establishments it maintains. It is the Governors’ duty in other establishments including Colleges and Grant Maintained Schools.
Schools and other establishments should have a designated person for Child Protection.
Every person in contact with or working with children, young people and their families should have received child protection training to a level commensurate with their role and responsibilities.
Definition of Child Abuse
A child is abused or neglected when somebody inflicts harm, or fails to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger. A child or young person up to the age of 18 years can suffer abuse or neglect and require protection via an inter-agency child protection plan.
Further advice may be sought from the Education Social Worker attached to the local school or the Education Social Work Team Manager.