It may be helpful for parents/carers to know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which raises concern that  a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.  We may make a note of some of the things your child has said, not necessarily informing you on every occasion but notifying you next time we meet.

This procedure is intended to protect children, and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be over-cautious than to risk a child’s safety.  They therefore have an unavoidable duty to contact Social Care.

Occasionally, this duty on head teachers means that they risk upsetting some parents by reporting a concern which, on investigation, proves to be unfounded.  In these circumstances it is hoped that parents/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that the Head Teacher was acting in good faith and had to take these steps in the best interests of the child.