All children should be safe and protected from harm. We believe that child protection is everyone's job and that all children and young people in our school have the right to be cared for, protected from harm and able to grow up in a safe environment where their rights and needs are respected. We all have a part to play in making sure that our children's welfare is looked after and all their needs are met.
Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) places children and young people’s needs first, and ensures they are listened to and understand decisions which affect them and that they get more co-ordinated help where this is required for their well-being, health and development. It focuses on improving outcomes for children, young people and families by encouraging early intervention to avoid crisis situations at a later date so that children and young people get the help they need when they need it.
It requires that all services for children and young people; health; education; police; social work; housing; and voluntary organisations, adapt and streamline their systems and practices to improve how they work together to support children and young people.
In summary, the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 states that “the welfare of the child should remain the paramount consideration throughout” and therefore any actions taken should be child centred and in the best interests of the child.
All children and young people in Fife have a right to be cared for and protected. We all have a part to play to ensure that you are safe and your needs are met. Here in Fife, we believe that "child protection is everyone's job and everyone's responsibility".
The Fife Child Protection web pages offer more detail on child safety issues than is covered here.
At St Andrew’s RC High we work together, in partnership with our colleagues in Social Work and Police Scotland, to achieve the best for all young people in our community.
In St Andrew’s RC High our Child Protection team are:
Child Protection Co-ordinator
Miss N Ward Depute Headteacher
Depute Child Protection Co-ordinator
Mr G Wood Depute Headteacher
If a child is at risk of harm or significant harm, relevant and proportionate information must always be shared. School staff do not require the consent of the child or parent to share information related to child protection issues, where the child may be at risk of harm or significant harm.
While it would be ideal to share information with the consent of the child, there are times when information may need to be shared without consent to ensure the child’s safety. Staff must not delay sharing information where there is a child protection concern.
St Andrew’s RC High staff are obliged to pass on information about child protection issues to Social Work and Police and that information cannot be kept confidential where a child is at risk of significant harm.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school to highlight any issue you may want to discuss with us.