Child Protection

Keeping our Children and Young People Safe in the Scottish Borders

Kelso High School works hard to keep our children and young people safe – all children and young people have a right to feel safe within the setting, home and community. Within KHS we strive to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for our children and young people, which promote inclusion and achievement. 

All staff in Education have a statutory and professional responsibility to take action if we have reason to believe a child is suffering, or is at risk of abuse.
Our Scottish Borders Child Protection procedures  set out what we will do if we have reason to believe a child is being abused or is at risk of abuse, either within the home or the community. These procedures are designed to ensure that children and young people get the help they need when they need it.

All staff are aware of their child protection responsibilities and every year all staff in our setting attend a child protection update. Many of our staff undertake additional multi-agency child protection training.

Every setting has a Child Protection co-ordinator who has the responsibility for overseeing child protection concerns as well as those young people who are care experienced within the setting.
The Child Protection co-ordinator for Kelso High School is Mrs Alison Wilson (Deputy Head Teacher).

What to do if you have a child protection concern?
It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect children. 
If you have any concerns that a child is being harmed or is at risk of harm, please call without delay
01896 662787 (Duty Children and Families Social Work Team)
01896 752111 (Out of office hours that covers all areas) 
If you consider a child or young person is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999 immediately

Need more information about keeping our children and young people safe?
This link takes you to the Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee online website where you can find some suggested links to websites to better inform you about safety issues such as Internet safety and Child Sexual Exploitation as well as letting you know about opportunities for training in Child Protection.  You can also find the Scottish Borders Child Protection Procedures on this website.

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