CHAIRMAN OF SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING PARTNERSHIP – REACTION TO KESGRAVE SHOOTING

CHAIRMAN OF SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING PARTNERSHIP – REACTION TO KESGRAVE SHOOTING

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:30

CHAIRMAN OF SUFFOLK SAFEGUARDING PARTNERSHIP – REACTION TO KESGRAVE SHOOTING

Responding to yesterday's events surrounding the tragic shooting of a 15 year old boy in Kesgrave, Suffolk, the Chair of the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership, Anthony Douglas has called for national and local media to respect the emotional well-being of all young people in the local area.

In his statement Anthony Douglas, CBE said: "This is an incredibly difficult time for the 1,870 students and their parents, teachers and staff associated with Kesgrave High School. Everybody has been affected by Monday's incident and many of the students personally know the 15 year old whose life has been changed forever as a result of these events.

"On behalf of all those affected by this tragic incident, I ask that students attending the school and others in the local area are given the space, privacy and anonymity needed to give them time to deal with what has happened in their own way. Suffolk Police has been proactive in response to the incident and continue to provide fact-based updates. From a child safeguarding perspective, this incident has come as children are returning to school after many months away, a process that comes with anxiety for many. The shooting will have increased anxiety levels. We are all duty-bound not to take any action that increases young people's anxiety further."

Tags: Suffolk, children and young people, safeguarding