Castle Douglas High School

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Child Protection Policy

Castle Douglas High SchoolPublished on Wednesday 14 May 2014

The school has a Child Protection policy which is known to all members of staff and which is amended and updated on a regular basis according to local authority and national guidelines. This policy outlines advice, strategies and support on a number of issues and is designed to make clear the school’s role in protecting children from abuse, including bullying.

Ms Joyce Harvey, Depute Head Teacher, is the Child Protection Co-ordinator for the school.

Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC)

All Pupil Support Teachers have been appraised of the principles of GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child), and have been trained on the GIRFEC model and the assessment process. The implementation of GIRFEC formalises much of what Pupil Support Teachers and other staff are already doing in their daily work.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is an approach from The Scottish Government that sets out how schools and other services should work with children and their families. GIRFEC is all about ensuring that children get the help they need when they need it – the right help at the right time. For you and your child, GIRFEC means that:

  • You are the expert on your child and what you think matters. Getting it right for every child means that the School will always seek to involve you, to listen to your opinions and take them seriously.

  • Your child will have a Named Person in the School. If you or your child need any advice or any support, the Named Person is your first point of contact and will make sure you get the help or advice that you need. Having a Named Person means that if there is anything that could affect your child’s wellbeing, he or she will receive support as quickly as possible so that problems do not develop.

  • If your child has complex needs and needs help from several different services, all these services must work together for you and your child.

  • You should never have to keep telling your story to lots of different staff in the School or the Education Department or the NHS. Your child will have a single plan that everyone works to and everyone is clear about what they are doing. When your child leaves secondary school there will be a Transition Plan in place for them in good time.

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