We believe that an open and honest partnership with our families is of great importance.
Problems at home often manifest themselves in school and vice- versa. Communication is vital so that we can support the child concerned. Please let us know if events at home might affect a child’s behaviour and emotional well-being in school.
It is everyone’s job to safeguard children. Please let the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or a senior leader in school know, if you have any concerns about any child.
We have close links with a number of agencies based in the Harrogate area. We have strong working relationships with social care and the members of the health service. The Headteacher is the designated person responsible for child protection. If an issue is raised of a child protection nature, the adults concerned will usually be informed depending upon the nature of the referral. However, in some cases direct contact might be made with social services.
We recognise that all families can have times of crisis and might need the support of professionals. We encourage our families to let us know if they are experiencing difficulties and we will do our best to put them in contact with the relevant agency. Referral can be made for many different reasons and support provided in order to prevent issues from escalating. If you feel you would like their help, please contact the Headteacher.
What should you do if your child has a problem?
A small problem to an adult can seem enormous to a child, and can often be quickly sorted out. Therefore, it is important that a child tells someone who can do something about it. Please make sure that your child knows that we do listen and there are several options if your child feels uncomfortable about approaching a specific person. We have ‘Need to Talk’ posters around school, reminding children of these options. Similarly, as a parent, if you feel there are any problems please don’t let them develop - do come and talk to us sooner rather than later.
The advice I would give to new children is that you can tell somebody anything, if you have a worry.
Evie, Year 3
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North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (24 hours) 01609 780780
Red Kite Learning Trust is a Multi-academy trust made up of 13 schools in North and West Yorkshire, serving more than 8,000 children and young people and their families, from nursery to sixth form. We’re passionate about learning, providing a rich curriculum which releases potential and creates opportunity for all our pupils.
Oatlands Junior School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ