Finedon Rd, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4NS
Tel: 01933 304970

Hayway, Rushden, Northants, NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 351200

The NSCP would like to acknowledge the unprecedented conditions we are all working in to support children, young people and families during this pandemic. We would like to thank you for all your hard work and ask for you to be even more vigilant on the emerging needs and support of families at this time. We particularly want you to think about, and become sensitive to, the hidden harm and changing safeguarding landscape we are all now working with. We have seen a decrease in the number of referrals to the MASH and with that in mind we are asking every professional working with children to be vigilant, be curious and be proactive in trying to identify hidden harm.Hidden Harm and Safeguarding ChildrenWe know that some children are more vulnerable than ever during the Covid-19 crisis, both because they are not receiving the same level of contact with professionals and because for some the impact of lockdown with their family will increase risk factors for them.

So we need every professional in the county and every relevant agency for the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership to be proactive and share responsibility for doing everything possible to identify risk and harm that may currently be hidden and to support our most vulnerable children and young people.

Social distancing, self-isolating and lockdown can cause stress and changes in everyone’s behaviour. Families are under new pressures and children may appear more withdrawn, anxious or depressed. Spotting the signs of abuse might be more difficult and it can be difficult to know for certain if something is wrong.

Some of the signs you may spot include:

  • aggressive or repeated shouting
  • children exposed to witnessing domestic abuse
  • hearing hitting or things being broken
  • children crying for long periods of time
  • very young children left alone or are outdoors by themselves
  • children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
  • children being withdrawn or anxious
  • unexplained injuries

These signs do not necessarily mean that a child is being abused, there could be other things happening in their life which are affecting their behaviour, however, it is important that professionals remain alert and show professional curiosity when something does not feel right, and are persistent both in establishing contact and following up on any concerns. Professionals may also notice some concerning behaviour from adults who have children in their care, which makes them concerned for the child/children’s safety and wellbeing.

If you remain concerned about a child once you have considered what support you could offer to meet the child’s needs, you could report a safeguarding concern by calling 0300 126 1000 and speaking to the multi-agency safeguarding team (MASH). If you believe that a child is in immediate danger please call 999.

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Should you have any concerns about a child who attends this school whilst the school is on lockdown due to Covid-19, please contact our Designated Safeguarding lead, on this telephone number – 07498723449.

This person has undergone specific training in child protection/safetguarding and will help.

Please find below an addendum to our Safeguarding policy for your information:

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to let you know how our school will be responding to the Government request to make childcare arrangements for some children during this Coronavirus period.

We have had to make some very difficult decisions, and have started with the advice that ‘the majority of children will be safer at home’. Many of you have decided to shield your child from the virus by doing this, and we are supporting your decisions. You do not need to be worried about attendance monitoring.

Our school will be closed to ALL CHILDREN AND STAFF NEXT WEEK. This is to enable us to undertake chemical deep cleaning of the schools.

From 30th March, we will open childcare facilities to parents who are in the category of KEYWORKERS ONLY. You will have been called today to establish if you fall into this category.

The childcare will open on the Wellingborough site only and if you wish to use the facility, you will be able to drop your child off at 9am, collecting again at 3pm. At this stage it has not been possible to organise transport.

From 6th April, we will open childcare facilities to a slightly larger group of children. You will be contacted during the week beginning 30th March to organise this if it has been agreed today. It is important to understand that this is not an education based facility – our aim is for the children who are here to be having fun and enjoying their time here. They will not be in their usual classrooms or with the same staff.

The children in receipt of Free School Meals will receive vouchers for you to spend as you wish. This does not apply to children in receipt of Universal Infant Free School Meals- it is only for families who are eligible due to financial circumstances.

I am sure that you will appreciate that this is an extraordinary time, and that we are all feeling anxious. I trust that you will understand that we have based our response on the safety and well-being of our pupils and families.

I will be available to answer any questions on my email address  –

I would like to thank the wonderful staff for their dedication and support to enable us to keep going, and provide services to our pupils.

I send you all my very best wishes,

Laura Clarke

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Tel: 01933 351200

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