WHOLE SCHOOL POLICY FOR SAFEGUARDING INCORPORATING CHILD
Mile Cross Primary School
The aim of Mile Cross School’s Safeguarding Policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to;
• Protect our pupils from maltreatment
• Prevent impairment of our pupil’s health or development
• Ensure that our pupils grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• Undertake that role so as to enable our pupils to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
This policy will give clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about the expected behaviour and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at our school. Our policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents/carers, Governors, volunteers and visitors.
Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to
and are safe. Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor to our school if they are worried or concerned about something.
All staff and regular visitors will, either through training or induction, know how to recognise a disclosure from a child and will know how to manage this. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets.
Every child will know what their chosen adult will have to do with whatever they have been told.
Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities that will equip our children with the skills they need to stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.
We recognise that our safeguarding responsibilities are clearly linked to our responsibilities for ensuring that appropriate safeguarding responses are in place for children who are absent from school or who go missing from education. We also recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society.
At all times we will work in partnership and endeavour to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies.
At Mile Cross Primary School we are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass. In order to achieve this, Norfolk Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s). On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will
decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this could be silent or overt.
All information sharing andresulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse –Notifications to Schools’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the recordkeeping procedures outlined in this policy.
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 gives maintained schools a statutory duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of pupils, and have due regard to the guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ DfE 2015
Section 17 is for a child with a disability or a child who has parents that are not able to give the support necessary for that child. No consent is needed from the parent to share information with other agencies.
Section 47 is for a child at risk of significant harm as determined by a Child Protection Conference. Parental consent is not required to share information with other agencies.
A Family Support Process (formally a CAF) is early intervention to support families in the hope that Section 17/47 can be prevented.
Mile Cross Primary recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended school activities. All members of the school community, including volunteers and governors, will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk to
adults they can trust and are listened to.
Through training, all staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff (except the Designated Safeguarding Leads) will be updated every three years.
The school will ensure that it provides written referrals on the correct forms and recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of a pupil.
Roles and Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of every member of staff, volunteer and regular visitor to our school to ensure that they carry out the requirements of this procedure and work in a way that will safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children at all times.
The Head teacher
At Mile Cross Primary the head teacher is responsible for:
• Identifying members of the Senior Management Team to be the Designated Safeguarding Leads for safeguarding;
• Ensuring that policies adopted by the Governing Body are fully implemented and followed by all staff;
• Ensuring that all staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and such concerns are addressed sensitively in accordance with agreed whistle-blowing procedures.
Designated member of staff
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in this school is Stuart Allen. In his absence and to assist are Toby Whalen, Emily Jordan and Ali Wright. Our DSL’s are fully trained and receive updated training every 2 years.
All staff are responsible for filling in written concerns sheets which are collated onto chronology forms. These confidential records are kept securely. It is the responsibility of the designated members of staff to have discussions with Social Care and other agencies where necessary, when concerns arise regarding the safety of a pupil in this school. All such pupils are closely monitored, including attendance, and where extra concerns arise these are passed on to the appropriate agencies. Advice and support are offered to other members of staff
dealing with a pupil for whom there are concerns.
A Designated Safeguarding Lead from Mile Cross Primary will represent our school at Child Protection Conferences and core group meetings and will be responsible for ensuring that all staff members and volunteers are aware of
our policy and the procedures that they need to follow.
A Designated Safeguarding Lead will maintain written records and child protection files ensuring that they are kept confidentially and stored securely.
The Governing Body
The Governing body of Mile Cross Primary is accountable for ensuring the effectiveness of this policy and our compliance with it. Although our Governing body takes collective responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of our children we also have a Designated Governor who champions safeguarding within the school.
The Governing Body will ensure that:
• The safeguarding policy is in place and is reviewed annually, is referred to in our school prospectus and has been written in line with Local Authority guidance and the requirements of the Norfolk Safeguarding
Children Board policies and procedures
• A member of the Senior Leadership Team is designated to take the lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection
• All staff have undertaken appropriate child protection training
• Procedures are in place for dealing with allegations against members of staff and volunteers in line with statutory guidance
• Safer recruitment practices are followed in accordance with the requirements of Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education DfE 2010 and the relevant revised documents March 2015
• They remedy without delay any weakness in regard to our safeguarding arrangements that are brought to their attention.
• The Governing Body will receive a safeguarding report that will record training that has taken place, the number of staff attending and any outstanding training requirements of the school. It will also record all safeguarding activity that has taken place, for example, meetings attended, reports written, training or
induction given. It will not identify pupils.
Our school has Designated Safeguarding Governors, Mrs Jess Wing, and Dr Pam Smith, who will act as the link persons between the governing body and the Designated Safeguarding Leads. The governor will review safeguarding
procedures and practices including access to training through termly meetings with the safeguarding officer. The governors will ensure that sufficient time is given to carry out the duties including accessing training. Where
safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the governor will liaise with the Chair of Governors.
Date of next training
Designated Safeguarding Lead
S Allen 01603 425186 2017
Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads
Headteacher S Allen 01603 425186 2017
Named Safeguarding Governor Pam Smith 01603 453779 2017
Chair of Governors Mrs Jess Wing 07926894801 2017
• All concerns about a child or young person should be reported without delay and recorded in writing using the agreed template (see Appendix 1).
• The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) should be used as a first point of contact for concerns and queries regarding any safeguarding concern in our school. If the DSL is not available, the alternate DSL should be contacted regarding any concerns.
• When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our school they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place. They will be given a copy of our school’s safeguarding policy and told who our Designated Safeguarding Leads for Safeguarding are. They will also be provided with the recording form,
given information on how to complete it and who to pass it to. They will be asked to sign the Code of Conduct. This will be carried out by the Deputy Head.
• New staff who have not had any child protection/safeguarding training will be given a brief introduction to safeguarding (Appx. 1 1/2 hours) and will then be trained with the rest of the staff team at the start of each academic year (September).
• When new pupils join our school, all parents and carers will be informed that we have a safeguarding policy.
A copy will be provided to parents on request and is referenced in the school prospectus. Parents and carers will be informed of our legal duty to assist our colleagues in other agencies with child protection enquiries and what happens should we have cause to make a referral to Children’s Services.
• All members of staff will undertake appropriate safeguarding training annually in September at the start of the academic year. The DSL, the alternate designated member of staff and any other senior member of staff who may be in a position of making referrals or attending child protection conferences or core groups
will attend one of the multi-agency training courses organised by Norfolk Safeguarding Children’s Board at least once every three years. In addition to this, the DSL and alternate will attend Safeguarding Children in Education every two years.
• Our Governing Body will also undertake appropriate training to ensure they are able to carry out their duty to safeguard all of the children at our school. Training for Governors to support them in their safeguarding role is available from Norfolk Governor Services.
• We actively encourage all of our staff to keep up to date with the most recent local and national safeguarding advice and guidance. This can be accessed on www.nscb.norfolk.gov.uk and on the Safeguarding Section of the Norfolk Schools website http://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/safeguarding. The DSL will also
provide regular safeguarding updates for staff.
Child Protection Conferences
From time to time staff members may be asked to attend a Child Protection Conference or core group meetings on behalf of the school in respect of individual children. Usually the person attending from school will be the Head
teacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead. In any case, the person attending will take as much relevant up to date information about the child as possible from the class teacher.
A Child Protection Conference will be convened if a referral has been made and following an investigation the findings have considered the child to be at risk of harm, or if the child is already subject to a child protection plan a review conference is held to monitor the safety of the child and the required reduction in risk.
For the most up to date information regarding child protection conferences staff will have access to Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015.
All reports for child protection conference will be prepared in advance using the Education report template. The information contained in the report will be shared with parents either at the conference or before and will include information relating to the child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development and how the child presents at school.
Clearly child protection conferences can be upsetting for parents. We recognise that we are likely to have more contact with parents than other professionals involved. We will work in an open and honest way with any parent whose child has been referred to Children’s Services or whose child is subject to a child protection plan. Our responsibility is to promote the protection and welfare of all children and our aim is to achieve this in partnership with our parents.
Class teachers are asked to provide information prior to the meeting (see Appendix 2). In addition staff attending any meeting should take an up to date attendance print out.
Records and Information Sharing
• If we are concerned about the welfare or safety of any child all adults in school will record their concern on the agreed report form and give this to the senior designated person without delay.
• Any information recorded will be kept in a separate named file, in a secure cabinet and not with the child’s academic file. These files will be the responsibility of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and information will only be shared within school on a need to know basis for the protection of the child. Any safeguarding
information will be kept in the file and will be added to. Copies of referrals, invitations to child protection conferences, core groups and reports will be stored here. All our safeguarding files will have a chronology and will record significant events in the child’s life.
• Reports of a concern to the Designated Safeguarding Lead must be made in writing and signed and dated by the person with the concern.
• If a child leaves our school we will ensure that our Designated Safeguarding Lead makes contact with the DSL at the following school and the file will be forwarded.
• In line with the guidance ‘Safer Recruitment’, the Head teacher and Chair of Governors have completed Safer Recruitment training accredited by the Children’s Workforce Development Council. At all times the Head teacher and Governing Body will ensure that safer recruitment practices are followed in accordance with the requirements of Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2006 and subsequent guidance March 2015.
• At Mile Cross Primary School we will use the recruitment and selection process to deter and reject unsuitable candidates. We require evidence of original academic certificates. We do not accept testimonials and insist on taking up references prior to interview. We will question the contents of application forms if we are unclear about them, we will undertake enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks and use any other means of ensuring we are recruiting and selecting the most suitable people to work with our children.
• We will maintain a Single Central Register of all Safer Recruitment checks carried out in line with statutory requirements.
• We will record evidence of Prohibition Order check on the Single Central Record in accordance with the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009.
Safer Working Practice
• All adults who come into contact with our children have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare. There is a legal duty placed upon us to ensure that all adults who work with or on behalf of our children are competent, confident and safe to do so.
• All staff will have access to and be expected to know our school’s Code of Conduct and policy for Restorative Behaviour and will have undergone Steps training. There will be occasions when some form of physical contact is inevitable, for example if a child has an accident or is hurt or is in a situation of danger
to themselves or others around them. However, at all times the agreed policy for safe restraint must be adhered to.
• A list of staff that have accessed Steps training will be kept by the Head teacher.
• If staff, visitors, volunteers or parent helpers are working with children alone they will, wherever possible, be visible to other members of staff.
• They will be expected to inform another member of staff of their whereabouts in school, who they are with and for how long. Doors, ideally, should have a clear glass panel in them and be left open.
• Guidance about acceptable conduct and safe practice will be given to all staff and volunteers during induction. There are sensible steps that every adult should take in their daily professional conduct with children. This can be found in Safer Working Practices for Adults who work with Children and Young People
in Education Settings,. All staff have a copy of this document. Managing
Allegations against Staff and Volunteers
• Our aim is to provide a safe and supportive environment which secures the well-being and best outcomes for our children. We do recognise that sometimes the behaviour of adults may lead to an allegation of abuse being made.
• Allegations sometimes arise from a differing understanding of the same event, but when they occur they are distressing and difficult for all concerned. We also recognise that that many allegations are genuine and there are some adults who deliberately seek to harm or abuse children.
• We will take all possible steps to safeguard our children and to ensure that the adults in our school are safe to work with our children. We will always ensure that the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board Protocol 27: Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers is adhered to and will seek appropriate advice from the Designated Officer from the local authority when concerns arise. The Designated
Officer can be contacted on 01603 223473.
• If an allegation is made or information is received about an adult who works in our setting which indicates they are unsuitable to work with children, the member of staff receiving the information should inform the Head teacher immediately. Should an allegation be made against the Head teacher, this must be reported
to the Chair of Governors.
• Neither the Head teacher, any other member of school staff or Governing Body will investigate these matters. The Head teacher or Chair of Governors will seek advice from the Designated Officer and Human Resources personnel at the earliest opportunity.
Pupil with Statements of Special Educational Needs
We recognise that statistically pupils with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. All staff that support these pupils will be extra aware of the need for vigilance for signs of abuse.
This policy links to other school’s policies on:
Health and Safety
Sex and Relationships Education
Anti – Bullying including internet/mobile
Pupil Missing Education
Allegations against staff
Legislation relating to this policy:
This policy has been devised in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:
• Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children DfE 2015
• Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education DfE 2006 and revised guidance March 2015
• Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board procedures
• Protocol 27: Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers, Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board
• Safer Working Practices for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings, DCSF, March 2009.
• What to do if you’re worried about a child being abused DfES (2015)
• Dealing with allegations of Abuse against Teachers and Other Staff Department for Education (2011)
• Safeguarding in Schools: bet practice, Ofsted (September 2011)
• Keeping Children Safe in Education: Information for all school and college staff March 2015
• Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners DfE March 2015