Prayer spaces offer pupils the opportunity to be open about their thoughts and feelings in a setting that is safe and welcoming. Activities that invite a written response are usually intended to be anonymous, something that pupils often find to be very helpful. Whilst most written responses can be humorous, profound or moving there may be occasions when something you read causes you concern because of the pastoral or safeguarding issues that it implies.
This document sets out the current best practice in managing these pupil responses in keeping with your responsibilities towards the child and the school with regard to safeguarding and confidentiality.
In outline the main points to be aware of are:
We are there to serve the school and are accountable to the staff and leadership. This includes knowing and following the school’s safeguarding policy and procedure. The best interests of the child should be at the heart of any decision.
In some circumstances you have a legal duty to report your concerns.
When it comes to confidentiality the consent of the child is not always needed before you share information.
You should also read our separate document on Safeguarding in prayer spaces.