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Parents and safeguarding

In the second of three articles on parental engagement issues, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at safeguarding and child protection and how schools can and should work with families

Schools remain one of the front-line organisations for protecting children and young people, with safeguarding and child protection forming a crucial part of their role.

Yet this is potentially one of the most fraught and difficult areas of discussion between the school and parents and can be a subject of conflict and disagreement – especially when it comes to deciding what is best for the child.

There are occasions when families will refuse or avoid cooperating with schools, resulting in serious problems for heads and teachers, who may need to seek help from external agencies. In some cases, it may even be desirable to do this rather than try to resolve a complex issue. Either way, senior leaders need to consider carefully the best course of action depending on each set of circumstances.

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