Safeguarding & Attendance
At Farington Primary School, the health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. We strive to ensure that pupils are not only safe, but are happy and confident. To achieve this, we want to work in close partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including DBS checks, in accordance with current legislation.
We have Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSL) for Child Protection. Mr Hollinghurst is the DSL, with Mr Williams as his backup. Both received formal training for this role. It is their responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
On occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent’s consent. The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. The school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. A copy of this policy is available on our Policies page.
Regular attendance at school is vital for a child’s academic and social development. School actively encourage regular attendance as school, working closely with Lancashire County Council. We wish to make it clear that, contrary to popular belief, there is no entitlement for families to take holidays during term time. Absences will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Applications must be made by completing the Absence Request form, copies of which are available from the Office.
Where poor attendance, punctuality and/or unauthorised holidays take place, school may be required to refer the matter to the Local Authority, where legal action (in the form of fines or parent contracts are an option. Please feel able to discuss the matter with the school if you have any questions or concerns.
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