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Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

 

Westward School recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils in the Main School, EYFS and the Westward Out of School Care facilities. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where pupils are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school's safeguarding responsibilities.

 

Our policy applies to all staff and volunteers working in the School. There are five main elements to our policy:

 


1. Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children. (Refer to Recruitment Policy)


2. Raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe. (Refer to Social Media Policy and PSHE Scheme of Work including Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development)

 

3. Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying children who may be in need of early help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.


4. Supporting pupils in accordance with his/her agreed early help or child protection plan.


5. Establishing a safe environment for all children at Westward in which they can learn and develop.

 

We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, School staff are well placed to identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. All staff have a responsibility to listen to pupils and take appropriate action, working with other services as needed.

 

The School will therefore follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Board in Surrey and have regard for the Government's statutory guidance

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) (September 2016)

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Part 1 (September 2016)

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (March 2014)

Disqualification under the Childcare Act (June 2016)

Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015)

Children Missing Education (September 2016)

Multi-agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (April 2016)

Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales (March 2015)

 

and the non-statutory advice

Information Sharing (March 2015)

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (March 2015)

The Prevent Duty: Departmental advice for schools and childminders (June 2015)

The use of social media for on-line radicalisation (July 2015)

Child Sexual Exploitation Guidance (NSPCC)

Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools: Departmental advice 2016

Counselling in schools:a blue print for the future (Feb 2016)

Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (UKCCIS 2016)

Child Sexual Exploitation Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation (Feb 2017)

 

At Westward we aim to;

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
  • Ensure the highest level of care and safety for all our pupils. All school staff, school visitors, including visiting speakers (Refer to School Visitors policy) and staff of other organisations teaching pupils off site i.e at Xcel Leisure Centre or on School Journeys are fully checked for suitability.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the School whom they can approach if they are worried. Worry boxes are situated in each classroom and outside the office.
  • Include opportunities in the PSHE and computing curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
  • Develop children's awareness of staying safe when using the internet and social networking sites, including online radicalisation and grooming awareness.

Please refer to the School's Social Media policy for more detailed information regarding e-safety and the use of mobile technology.

Useful websites include;

The UK Safer Internet Centre

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk 

CEOP, Thinkuknow website

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

National Education Network for guidance on e-security

http://www.nen.gov.uk

 

  • Ensure we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), who has received appropriate training and support for this role.

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in Early Years, Main School and Out of School Care Facilities at Westward is Mrs S Stevenson, the Headteacher who will update her training every two years.

 

The designated safeguarding lead will also attend local training sessions run by Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) and carry out e-learning modules focusing on specific safeguarding issues such as the 'Prevent Duty', preventing radicalism and extremism, to stop children getting drawn into terrorism, Child Sexual Exploitation, Safer Recruitment (every 5 years), Missing Children, Domestic Abuse, Forced Marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The designated safeguarding lead will run workshop sessions at staff meetings based on the above safeguarding issues to raise all staff members awareness during each School year.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs J Williams, the Deputy Head or Mrs K Callaby, Head of Early Years/Lower School. Both will update their training every two years.

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will;  

  • Ensure every member of staff teaching/non teaching and volunteers knows the name of the designated teachers responsible for child protection and their role. A poster is on display in the staff room and on notice boards around the School.
  • Make sure that all staff are aware that it is everyone's responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and that anyone can make a referral.
  • Provide all new staff with induction training which will include discussions about and a hard/electronic copy of the child protection policy, the staff code of conduct and whistle blowing procedure, social media policy, the identity of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sep 2016) and 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused' (March 2015).
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and their responsibility to refer any concerns to the designated teacher responsible for child protection. All existing staff will be given a copy of and be required to read Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sep 2016). There is also a copy of the Part 1 and 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused' (March 2015) - advice for practitioners on the staff notice board. Staff members are also sent any updates by electronic mail.
  • Ensure the whole staff frequently update their 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' training regularly following guidance from the Surrey Local Safeguarding Board. The Designated Lead will attend 'Train the Trainer' sessions and deliver INSET to the whole staff. All staff members are provided with a copy of the Staff Handbook, Staff Code of Conduct, Child Protection policy and procedures, Social Media policy and Whistleblowing policy at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of the specific need to safeguard children, young people and families from radicalisation and extremism. 
  • To ensure that staff are aware that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act (2003) and that it is a form of child abuse and violence against women.

Please refer to the Home Office and Department for Education's procedural information for more details;

Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation Procedural Information (Oct 2015) and Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (April 2016)

  • Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the School and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the School prospectus and on posters around the School.
  • Ensure the child protection policy, safer recruitment policy, whistleblowing policy and social media policy is available on the School website for staff, parents and prospective parents to read.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of the Early Help process, including identifying emerging problems, liaising with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, sharing information with other professionals to support early identification and assessment and, in some cases, acting as the lead professional in undertaking an early help assessment.
  • Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child's life, from the foundation years through to teenage years. (Refer to SSCB Guidance for Professionals on Early Help and use of thresholds across Surrey document).
  • Advice can be sought by phoning the North East Early Help Referral Hub on 01372 833133.
  • Ensure all Early Help cases are kept under constant review and consideration given to a referral to Children's Social Services if the child's situation doesn't seem to be improving.
  • Follow the School's Attendance Policy and notify Children's Social Services if after phoning all emergency numbers contact cannot be made with a family when a child has not attended School. Attendance will be monitored regularly by the Headteacher and School Manager. All information on pupils who leave and join the School is forwarded to the Local Authority following the guidelines set out in the statutory DfE document 'Children Missing Education'.  
  • Ensure that all staff members adhere to the attendance policy and are aware that a child going missing from education is a potential indicator of abuse or neglect. Staff will be trained in the signs to look out for and individual triggers.
  • Ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep children safe who are looked after by the local authority in Surrey, if such children are on roll. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will take responsibility for their welfare and progress and make sure they have up to date assessment information from the relevant local authority, the most recent care plan and contact arrangements with parents, and delegated authority to carers.
  • Develop effective links with relevant agencies such as social care, the police and health services and work in a coordinated way, sharing information, attending meetings and contributing to inter-agency plans to provide additional support to children subject to Early Help or Child Protection plans.
  • Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
  • Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main pupil file, and in locked locations.
  • Keep own notes on child protection cases until the child reaches their 25th birthday.
  • Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer. (See Allegations against Staff Section)
  • In compliance with €Keeping Children Safe In Education€ ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed, including DBS checks and compliance with Independent School Standards Regulations. Recruitment Policy
  • Ensure that the Designated Child Protection Advisory Board member acting on behalf of the Proprietor undertakes an annual review of the School'€s child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures and of the efficiency with which the related duties have been discharged. An annual online audit will be completed and sent to the Surrey Education Safeguarding Team.
  • Ensure that any deficiencies or weaknesses in child protection arrangements are remedied without delay.

 

Prevention

We recognise that the School plays a significant part in the prevention of harm to our children by providing our pupils with good lines of communication with trusted adults, supportive friends and an ethos of protection.

The School community will therefore:

*Work to establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to.

* Include regular consultations with pupils e.g. through safety questionnaires, participation in anti-bullying week, asking children to report whether they have had a happy/sad lunchtimes/playtimes.

* Ensure that all children know that there is an adult in School whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.

* Include safeguarding across the curriculum, including PSHE, opportunities which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm and to know to whom they should turn for help. In particular this will include anti-bullying work, e-safety, road safety, pedestrian and cycle training. Also focussed work in Year 6 to prepare for transition to secondary school and more personal safety/independent travel.

*Ensure all staff are aware of School guidance for their use of mobile technology and have discussed safeguarding issues around the use of mobile technologies and their associated risks.

We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The School may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at School their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. The School will endeavour to support the pupil through:

  • The content of the curriculum.
  • The School ethos, which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued.
  • The School Pastoral Care and Behaviour Policy, which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the School. The School will ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
  • Liaison with other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAHMS), inter agency e-help assessment, team around the family approaches, education welfare service, Operation Encompass scheme and the educational psychology service.
  • Ensuring that, where a pupil leaves, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child's social worker is informed.

Expert and professional organisations are best placed to provide up to date guidance and practical support on specific safeguarding issues such as child sexual exploitation (CSE), bullying including cyber bullying, domestic violence, drugs, fabricated or induced illness, faith abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, gangs and youth violence, gender-based and honour based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG), breast ironing (BI)), mental health, private fostering, preventing radicalisation and extremism, sexting, teenage relationship abuse, trafficking and disguised compliance.

 

You can access guidance and practical support by clicking on the links provided below;

NSPCC

http://www.nspcc.org.uk

Government website

http://www.gov.uk

(Type the topic you require guidance and support for into the search box)

Other useful sites include;

http://www.familylives.org.uk

http://www.kidscape.org.uk

http://www.childline.org

http://www.youngminds.org.uk

 

Anti-Bullying

 

Our School Policy on anti-bullying is set out in a separate document and acknowledges that to allow or condone bullying may lead to consideration under child protection procedures. This includes all forms e.g. cyber, racist, homophobic and gender related bullying. We keep a record of known bullying incidents which is shared with an analysed by the Proprietor and/or members of the Advisory Board. All staff are aware that children with SEND and/or differences/perceived differences are more susceptible to being bullied/victims of child abuse.

 

If the bullying is particularly serious, or the anti-bullying procedures are seen to be ineefective, the headteacher/DSL will consider implementing child protection procedures.

 

The subject of bullying is addressed at regular intervals in PHSE education.

 

Radicalisation and Extremism

 

The Prevent Duty for England and Wales (2015) under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on education and other children’s services to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism.

 

Extremism is defined as ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs’. We also include in our definition of extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.

 

Some children are at risk from being radicalised; adopting beliefs and engaging in activities which are harmful, criminal or dangerous.

 

Westward School is clear that exploitation of vulnerable children and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern and follows the Department of Education guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.

 

Westward School seeks to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism including but not restricted to, those linked to Islamist ideology, or to Far Right/Neo Nazi/ White Supremacist ideology, Irish Nationalist and Loyalist paramilitary groups, and extremist Animal Rights movements.

 

School staff receive training to help identify early signs of radicalisation and extremism.

 

Opportunities are provided in the curriculum to enable pupils to discuss issues of religion, ethnicity and culture and the school follows the DfE advice Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) in Schools (2014).

 

The Proprietor, members of the Advisory Board, the Headteacher and the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) assess the level of risk within the school and put actions in place to reduce that risk. Risk assessment may include, the use of the school premises by external agencies, anti-bullying policy and other issues specific to the school’s profile, community and philosophy.

 

When any member of staff has concerns that a pupil may be at risk of radicalisation or involvement in terrorism, they should speak to the DSL. They should then follow normal safeguarding procedures. If the matter is urgent then Surrey Police must be contacted by dialling 999. In non urgent cases where police advice is sought then dial 101. The Department of Education has also set up a dedicated telephone helpline for staff to raise concerns around Prevent (0207 340 7264). You can also contact the Police via the ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) number (0800 789 321).

 

 

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse represents one quarter of all violent crime. It is actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse. It involves the use of power and control by one person over another. It occurs regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, age, religion, mental or physical ability. Domestic abuse can also involve other types of abuse.

 

We use the term domestic abuse to reflect that a number of abusive and controlling behaviours are involved beyond violence.

 

Slapping, punching, kicking, bruising, rape, ridicule, constant criticism, threats, manipulation, sleep deprivation, social isolation, and other controlling behaviours all count as abuse.

 

Living in a home where domestic abuse takes place is harmful to children and can have a serious impact on their behaviour, wellbeing and understanding of healthy, positive relationships. Children who witness domestic abuse are at risk of significant harm and staff are alert to the signs and symptoms of a child suffering or witnessing domestic abuse. Staff undertake Domestic abuse e-learning training.

 

The School is part of the Operation Encompass Scheme run jointly between Surrey Police and Surrey County Council with the support of Surrey Domestic Abuse Services and Surrey Children’s Services. The project aims to safeguard and support children and young people who are involved or affected by incidents involving domestic violence by swiftly sharing information between partner agencies.

 

 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse where children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. CSE can happen online and offline and all staff should be aware of the link between online safety and vulnerability to CSE.

 

Any concerns that a child is being or is at risk of being sexually exploited should be passed without delay to the DSL. Westward School is aware there is a clear link between regular school attendance/truanting and CSE. Staff should consider a child to be at potential CSE risk in the case of regular school absence/truanting and make reasonable enquiries with the child and parents to assess this risk.

 

The DSL will use the Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board CSE Screening Tool on all occasions when there is a concern that a child is being or is at risk of being sexually exploited or where indicators have been observed that are consistent with a child who is being or who is at risk of being sexually exploited.

 

In all cases if the tool identified any level of concern (green, amber or red) the DSL should contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and email the completed CSE Screening Tool along with the Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF). If a child is in immediate danger the police should be called on 999.

 

Westward School is aware that a child often is not able to recognise the coercive nature of the abuse and does not see themselves as a victim. As a consequence the child may resent what they perceive as interference by staff. However, staff must act on their concerns as they would for any other type of abuse.

 

Westward School includes the risks of sexual exploitation in the PSHE curriculum. Pupils will be informed of the grooming process and how to protect themselves from people who may potentially be intent on causing harm. They will be supported in terms of recognising and assessing risk in relation to CSE, including online, and knowing how and where to get help.

 

 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act (2003). It is a form of child abuse and violence against women.A mandatory duty requires teachers to report 'known' cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in under 18's, which are identified in the course of their professional work, to the Police.

 

Local Police contact details can be found on the staff notice board.

 

The duty applies to all persons in Westward School who is employed or engaged to carry out 'teaching work' in the School, whether or not they have qualified teaching status. The duty applies to the individual who becomes aware of the case to make a report. It should not be transferred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, however the DSL should be informed.

 

If a teacher is informed by a girl under 18 that an act of FGM has been carried out on her or a teacher observes physical signs which appear to show that an act of FGM has been carried out on a girl under 18 and they have no reason to believe the act was necessary for the girl's physical or mental health or for the purposes connected with labour or birth, the teacher should call 101 and make a report to the police force in which the girl resides. The report should be made by the close of the next working day.

 

All staff will undertake FGM training and are trained to be aware of risk indicators of FGM. Concerns about FGM outside of the mandatory reporting duty should be reported as per Westward School's child protection procedures. Staff should be particularly alert to suspicions or concerns expressed by female pupils about going on a long holiday during the summer vacation period. There should be consideration of potential risk to other girls in the family and practicing community.

 

Where there is risk to life or serious immediate harm the teacher should report the case immediately to the police, including dialling 999 if appropriate.

 

There are no circumstances in which a teacher or other member of staff should examine a girl.

 

 

Physical Intervention

We acknowledge that staff must only ever use physical intervention as a last resort, when a child is endangering him/herself or others, and that at all times it must be the minimal force necessary to prevent injury to another person.

*Such events should be recorded and signed by a witness.

* Staff who are likely to need to use physical intervention will be appropriately trained in the Positive Options technique.

* We understand that physical intervention of a nature which causes injury or distress to a child may be considered under the child protection or disciplinary procedures.

* We recognise that touch is appropriate in the context or working with children, and all staff have been given 'Safe Practice' guidance to ensure they are clear about their professional boundaries.

 

CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURE

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in the Early Years and Main School;

Mrs S Stevenson: Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead;

Mrs J Williams: Deputy Head

or

Mrs K Callaby: Head of Early Years and Lower School

 

At Westward we recognise our duty in relation to safeguarding issues outside of School hours and all correspondence will be read and acted upon 365 days a year.

Please note that the ultimate lead responsibility for Child Protection at Westward School remains with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

It is our responsibility to ensure that every child feels safe and secure in relation to worries that concern her/his personal health, safety and well being. We aim to provide an environment where each child has the confidence to communicate her/his feelings and be assured that they will be listened to sympathetically.

All staff should be aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label. In most cases multiple issues will overlap with one another.

 

Accepted definitions of abuse fall into the following categories:

 

Abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (e.g. via the internet). They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.

 

Neglect; The persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child's health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

* provide adequate food, clothing or shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);

* protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;

* ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or

* ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child's basic emotional needs.

 

Physical Abuse; A form of abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

 

Sexual AbuseInvolves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

 

Emotional Abuse; The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause persistent adverse effects on the child's emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or 'making fun' of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child's developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing a child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber-bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

 

At Westward we recognise that children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges.

Additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group of children. This can include:

* assumptions that indications of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child's disability without further exploration;

* children with SEN and disabilities can be disproportionally impacted by things like bullying - without showing and signs; and

* communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers.

 

Please refer to the leaflet found in the staff room regarding 'bruising in children who are not independently mobile'.

Protection of the child (and his/her family) extends to the maintenance of absolute confidentiality and accurate factual record‑keeping in all cases of concern about an individual child.

 

What to do if you have welfare concerns about a child/suspect abuse

Children may choose to confide in a teacher they trust.

All those who have contact with children have a duty to act in accordance with the provisions of the Children Act, which gives paramount importance to the welfare of the child,

 

If a child confides in you be sympathetic and supportive:

* Listen

* Provide support

* Reassure

* Take it seriously

 

Don't

* Make promises that you can't keep

* Ask leading questions

* Jump to conclusions

* Speculate or make accusations

* Display any disbelief

* Act shocked or disgusted

* Never delay immediate response to protect a child

 

Then take the following steps:

Explain to the child that her/his disclosure must be reported. Stress that you want to help.

Do not discuss concern and fears with the parents.

Inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

As soon as possible make a written verbatim (if possible) record of what was said by whom and who was present using the School's child protection concern form and body map as appropriate. Sign and date all records.

Observe confidentially at all times.

All completed forms must be handed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead to be held securely in the Child Protection file.

Anyone can make a referral to Children's Services but if you have a welfare concern or suspect abuse discuss your concern with the Designated Safeguarding Lead. They will decide on a course of action following the Surrey Safeguarding Board procedures and guidance and use of the 'Levels of need when working with children, young people and their families in Surrey' SSCB Guidance for professionals on Early Help and use of thresholds across Surrey. This may involve observation of a child or referral to an outside agency.

 

We recognise that we may have to deal with possible abuse by one or more pupils against another pupil 'peer on peer abuse'. This is most likely to include but not limited to: bullying (including cyber bullying), gender based violence/sexual assaults and sexting. if identified such abuse will be referred to Surrey Children's Services.

Click to access the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board Procedures

For more information visit the Surrey Safeguarding Board website at http://www.surreyscb.org.uk/

 

Who to contact if you are concerned that a child or young person is at risk of harm:

Contact will be made with a welfare agency (Surrey Children's Services) within 24 hours of a disclosure or suspicion of abuse.

We would call the Surrey Multi Agency Safeguarding Referral Hub (MASH) on 0300 470 9100Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Outside of these hours we will call the emergency duty team on 01483 517898.

 

In an emergency where we are concerned for a child's immediate safety we would call Surrey Police on 999.

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will usually decide whether to make a referral to Children's Services but staff members can refer their concerns to Children's Services directly.

 

Remember anyone can make a referral.

 

Procedure for allegations of abuse made against a member of staff at Westward School.

 

We have regard for the DfE guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (September 2016)

We understand that concerns about the behaviour of a member of staff toward a pupil may be made in the form of a complaint or allegation.

All staff at Westward are required to follow the Staff Code of Conduct which is provided during induction.

Staff members must sign to say that they agree to adhere to the School's Code of Conduct.

€˜staff member€™ is a person whose work brings them into contact with children in an education setting. It therefore, applies to all teachers and support staff in schools, volunteers and other adults, whether paid or working in a voluntary capacity (including supply teachers) on or off School premises and sites.

Concerns may be raised in a number of ways e.g.

  • Direct disclosure by a pupil
  • Indirect disclosure, e.g. through written/art work or through friends
  • Complaint from a parent/carer to:Headteacher/Proprietor/LEA/Social Services or Police
  • Reports by other colleagues or agencies
  • Anonymously

 

All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns about the attitude or actions of colleagues. (Refer to whistle blowing policy and the staff code of conduct).

 

If it is alleged that a member of staff has;

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child.
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child, or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm if they work regularly or closely with children.

 

The procedure below should be followed

 

Procedure if allegation is against a staff member

  • If such an allegation is made the Head teacher will be immediately informed.
  • The Head teacher will within 24 hours contact the Local authority designated officer for allegations (LADO) and discuss the allegation. The proprietor will be informed.
  • Surrey LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) Contact Details

Telephone: 0300 123 1650

Select Option 3

  • The Headteacher and LADO will consider the nature, content and context of the allegation and agree a course of action.
  • The Headteacher and LADO will decide whether the alleged incident should be referred on to Social Services or the Police or no further action needs to be taken.
  • The case manager (Headteacher) will inform the accused person about the allegation as soon as possible after consulting with the LADO. They will be provided with as much information as possible at that time. However, where a strategy discussion is needed, or police, or children's social care services need to be involved, the case manager (Headteacher) should not do that until those agencies have been consulted, and have agreed what information can be disclosed to the accused.
  • The decision with reasoning will be clearly recorded.
  • The involvement of an LEA officer ensures that cases are dealt with impartially and help avoid any possible accusation of collusion.
  • The School will follow the framework set out in œKeeping Children Safe in Education" September 2016 at all times.
  • The School will promptly report to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) a staff member (Whether employed, contracted, a volunteer or student) leaving the School to inform them that they are no longer used because he or she is considered unsuitable to work with children.

Procedure if allegation is against the Headteacher

  • If such an allegation is made against the Headteacher the staff member must contact the proprietor whose details can be accessed via the allegations poster on the staff notice board.
  • The proprietor will within 24 hours contact the Local Authority Designated Officer for allegations (LADO) and discuss the allegation. 
  • Surrey LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) Contact Details

Telephone: 0300 123 1650

Select Option 3

 

  • The proprietor and LADO will consider the nature, content and context of the allegation and agree a course of action.
  • The proprietor and LADO will decide whether the alleged incident should be referred on to Social Services or the Police or no further action needs to be taken.
  • The case manager (proprietor) will inform the Headteacher about the allegation as soon as possible after consulting with the LADO. They will be provided with as much information as possible at that time. However, where a strategy discussion is needed, or police, or children's social care services need to be involved, the case manager (proprietor) should not do that until those agencies have been consulted, and have agreed what information can be disclosed to the Headteacher.
  • The decision with reasoning will be clearly recorded.
  • The involvement of an LEA officer ensures that cases are dealt with impartially and help avoid any possible accusation of collusion.
  • The School will follow the framework set out in €œKeeping Children Safe in Education" September 2016 at all times.
  • The School will promptly report to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) a staff member (Whether employed, contracted, a volunteer or student) leaving the School to inform them that they are no longer used because he or she is considered unsuitable to work with children.

 

Procedure if allegation is against the proprietor

  • If such an allegation is made the Headteacher will be immediately informed.
  • The Headteacher will within 24 hours contact the Local authority designated officer for allegations (LADO) and discuss the allegation.
  • Surrey LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) Contact Details

Telephone: 0300 123 1650

Select Option 3

 

  • The Headteacher and LADO will consider the nature, content and context of the allegation and agree a course of action.
  • The Headteacher and LADO will decide whether the alleged incident should be referred on to Social Services or the Police or no further action needs to be taken.
  • The case manager (Headteacher) will inform the proprietors about the allegation as soon as possible after consulting with the LADO. They will be provided with as much information as possible at that time. However, where a strategy discussion is needed, or police, or children's social care services need to be involved, the case manager (Headteacher) should not do that until those agencies have been consulted, and have agreed what information can be disclosed to the proprietors.
  • The decision with reasoning will be clearly recorded.
  • The involvement of an LEA officer ensures that cases are dealt with impartially and help avoid any possible accusation of collusion.
  • The School will follow the framework set out in €œKeeping Children Safe in Education" September 2016 at all times.
  • The School will promptly report to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) a staff member (Whether employed, contracted, a volunteer or student) leaving the School to inform them that they are no longer used because he or she is considered unsuitable to work with children.

 

The Headteacher has a continuing duty of care to any member of staff who becomes the subject of an allegation.

We aim to deal with any allegations of abuse made against a teacher,other member of staff, volunteer, Headteacher or proprietor in the school as quickly, fairly and consistently as we can to provide effective protection for the child and at the same time support the person who is the subject of an allegation.

 

Consideration is given to making a referral to the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) where a teacher has been dismissed (or would have been dismissed had he or she not resigned) and a prohibition order may be appropriate, because of 'unacceptable professional conduct', 'conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute', or a 'conviction at any time for a relevance offence'.

 

Unless the allegation is found to be malicious, records will be kept for 10 years or until the individual, subject to investigation, retires - whichever is longer.

 

A report will be made to OFSTED within 14 days if there is an allegation of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working or looking after children at the premises or elsewhere, or any other abuse on the premises.

 

Last updated April 2017

 

This policy will be reviewed at least annually with the Proprietor and/or the nominated Advisory Board member for Child Protection, including an update and review of the effectiveness of procedures and their implementation.

 


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