Categories of Abuse - Understanding Safeguarding
There are four main categories of abuse:
This may involve hurting or injuring a child by hitting, shaking, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Witnessing domestic violence is also considered.
Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. It may also include non-contact activities such as involving children in inappropriate sexual activities.
The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, which is likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.
Persistent emotional ill treatment of a child. It may involve telling children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.
If you are concerned about the safety or well being of a pupil, please call 02380 221467 (8am to 4.30pm) or send a message on the instant-share button below.
Contacting the Children's Resource Service (formally known as MASH)
To make a referral to the Children’s Resource Service use the single referral form - this now includes referrals to Children and Families First (formally known as Early Help).
Children’s Resource Service during office hours:
Number for Public use: 023 8083 3004
Out of Hours:
Emergency Duty Team: 023 8023 3344
Contacting the Police
If you believe that a child is in imminent danger, please contact the police. Dial 999.
Concern Reporting Form
Please leave a message for a Designated Safeguarding Leader. Ensure that your concern report contains as much information as possible to enable us to identify the child in need.