Hawthorn Primary School has as its priority, the protection and wellbeing of all pupils in the school. Mrs Ghazi-Torbati is the designated Child Protection Officer and acts as a source of advice and support to school staff and parents.
Our school also has a nominated child protection governor who has to ensure that the school has a child protection policy in place which is consistent with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures (2002) that all staff in the school must follow where there are concerns or suspicions of child abuse.
If we receive information about a child which suggests that he/she has been abused or are at risk of being abused, we have a duty to refer these concerns to the social services department or to the police without delay. We have no discretion in this matter.
Our first concern as a school is your child’s welfare and where we have general concerns these will be raised with you and we would want to work with you to remedy the situation. However, there may be concerns, as listed above, where we have to talk to other agencies before we contact you. Should this be necessary, we want to reassure you that any concerns we have about your child will then be fully discussed with you in a way which is consistent with your child’s best interests.