Child Protection Policy
We have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as described in section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and that we have due regard to the guidance ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education DfES 2007’ as the safety and protection of children is of paramount importance to everyone in this school.
We are committed to:
We believe that all children have the right to be safe in our society. Therefore, we recognise that we have a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by creating a positive school atmosphere and through our teaching and learning, care for both students and school personnel and we recognise the responsibility to provide training for school personnel and we are committed to working with parents to ensure a safe and healthy environment for children.
We want all our children to achieve their full potential by:
We acknowledge that children can be harmed physically, emotionally, sexually or by neglect. It is our duty to report any concerns that we have of child abuse as the health, safety and protection of all children is paramount. We are aware that if abuse is suspected by another child, then child protection procedures will be applied to both children.
We will inform the Local Authority Designated Officer of any allegations of abuse by any member of the school personnel whether they took place on the school premises or elsewhere and of the action taken in respect of these allegations.
We will also inform Local Authority Designated Officer of any person connected to the school who is considered to be unsuitable to work with children.
We are committed in establishing and maintaining an ethos where children and parents feel secure in being able to talk confidently to school personnel about any concerns or fears they may have knowing that they will be taken seriously.
We will ensure that the curriculum deals with safeguarding through activities and opportunities that will equip the children with the necessary skills and awareness to stay safe from abuse.
We are committed in establishing and maintaining procedures for safer recruitment and sound working relationships with parents and support agencies.
‘….safeguarding covers more than the contribution made to child protection in relation to individual children. It also encompasses issues such as pupil health and safety and bullying…medical needs of children….providing first aid, school security, drugs and substance misuse, etc.’
(Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education DfES 2007)
We wish to work closely with the local council and to hear their views and opinions on safeguarding as we acknowledge and support Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that children should be encouraged to form and to express their views.
We, as a school community, have a commitment to promote equality. Therefore, an equality impact assessment has been undertaken and we believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Responsibility for the Policy and Procedure
Role of the Governing Body:
Role of the Co-Teachers
The teachers will:
Role of the Designated Child Protection Teacher
The Designated Child Protection Teacher will:
Role of the Nominated Governor
The Nominated Governor will:
Role of the Designated Child Protection Officer
The Designated Officer will:
Role of School Teachers, Parent Participants & Volunteers
Teachers, Parent participants and volunteers must:
Role of Students
Students must be made aware of:
Role of the School Board
The School Board will be involved in:
Role of Parents
The Designated Child Protection Teacher:
If a student makes a disclosure then the member of the school personnel must:
If a member of the school personnel suspects that a child may be a victim of abuse then they must:
The designated person will then:
If a parent makes a disclosure to school then the Designated Child Protection Teacher:
School personnel and volunteer helpers are asked to record any concern or incident in the following way:
Reporting to the Designated Child Protection Teacher
All concerns must be reported and discussed immediately. The Designated Child Protection Teacher will decide the appropriate action in consultation with the Headteacher.
We will ensure that support mechanisms are in place for any child that is at risk in order to build their self-esteem and confidence. School personnel and volunteer helpers who feel distressed from being involved with a case or incident will receive support and counselling.
Confidentiality and Security of Information
It is imperative that confidentiality is observed at all times as the protection of the child is paramount.
School personnel have a professional responsibility to share information with other professionals who are investigating a case.
A child, when confiding information to a member of staff, must be made aware that for the child’s own sake this information cannot be kept secret.
The child must be reassured that the information will only be shared with the designated teacher who will decide what will happen next.
All child protection records are regarded as confidential and will be kept in a secure place.
Case Conferences and Core Group Meetings
The Designated Child Protection Teacher will attend:
Students Transferring to another School
The following procedures will take place if a student, on the child protection register, transfers to another school:
Training organised by the Local Safeguarding Children Board will take place for school personnel, volunteer helpers and governors:
Periodic training will be organised for all school personnel so that they are kept up to date with new information and guidelines concerning equal opportunities.
Dealing with Allegations against School Personnel, School Volunteers, the Headteacher or another Student
See Complaints Policy and Complaints Policy Procedure.
See Safer Recruitment Policy.
Related Safeguarding Policies
Administration of Medicines
Health and Safety
Medical and First Aid
Photographic & Video Images
Student Behaviour and Discipline
School Personnel Code of Conduct
Special Needs & Disabilities
Visitors & Contractors
These policies are all available upon request.
Raising Awareness of this Policy
We will raise awareness of this policy via:
Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
This policy has been equality impact assessed and we believe that it is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any student and it helps to promote equality at this school.
Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Policy
The practical application of this policy will be reviewed annually or when the need arises by the coordinator, the Headteacher and the nominated governor.
A statement of the policy's effectiveness and the necessary recommendations for improvement will be presented to the Governing Body for further discussion and endorsement. (See Policy Evaluation)
Co - Teachers:
Date: 12th September, 2014
Chair of Governing Body: Annie Ehresmann
Date: 12th September, 2015
Small Acres School.