Child Protection

"As children and young people, we have a right to be protected and be safe from harm from others" (Protecting Children and Young People: The Charter 2004). 

Every member of staff in our school has a duty of care to ensure all pupils are safe.  

‚ÄčThe United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Articles 12 and 19, and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 ensures children's welfare and rights are central, and makes it a duty for any adult having care and control of a child to act in a child's best interests.

We acknowledge that

  • Children must be kept safe from violence and they must be kept safe from harm. They must be given proper care by those looking after them 
  • Children and young people have a right to express a view about things that affect them.

 

All school staff are briefed on Child Protection protocol annually by Designated Child Protection Officers, based on Child Protection Guidelines which staff must follow if someone shares a concern or allegation with them or if they themselves have a concern over a young person's safety or welfare. This training includes sharing of the Edinburgh & Lothians Child Protection Guidelines which staff must follow if someone shares a concern or allegation with them or if they themselves have a concern over a young person's safety or welfare.

West Lothian Child Protection Committee Procedures  Child Protection Procedures [1.87MB]