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Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Statement

 

 

  1. KEY CONTACTS in school/setting

 

Headteacher

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Senior designated safeguarding lead (DSL):

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

 

Deputy DSL:

Name: Gemma Kinsella (Assistant Head)

Daniela Thompson (Assistant Head)

Lucy Lock (Inclusion Manager)

Penny Anstey Smith (Daycare Manager)

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Members of safeguarding team:

Elizabeth Bancroft

Jim McAuley

 

Designated e-safety lead:

Name: Laura Pittam, Computing Subject Manager

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated prevent lead:

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) lead:

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

Designated Looked After Children (LAC) lead:

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Chair of governing body:

Name: Rachael Parkin

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated governor for safer recruitment:

Name: Jim McAuley

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated Governor for Safer Recruitment:

Rachael Parkin

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Staff Support (Supervision)

Karen Burzio (School Business Manager)

 

All contacts can be accessed via the main school office:

Loughton Manor First School

Paynes Drive

Loughton

Milton Keynes

MK5 8FA

Tel: 01908 241472

Email:office@loughtonmanor.milton-keynes.sch.uk

 

 

 

Aim

 

The overall aim of this policy is to support us in acting effectively to pursue the 5 outcomes that ensure children’s wellbeing and that Every Child Matters. (HM Govt ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’). In the context of this policy, the main focus is to stay safe.

(nb) We recognise that since the change in government in 2010 ‘ECM’ is no longer an official policy. However, its principles are still appropriate in underpinning a commitment to Safeguarding and Child Protection.

 

Specific Aims of this Policy

 

For the child

 

  • to protect the child

 

  • to prevent abuse

 

  • to provide an atmosphere of support

 

  • to provide learning opportunities for pupils to become equipped with strategies to keep themselves safe

 

  • to promote a culture where children feel able to tell an adult if they are suffering abuse or are at risk

 

For the staff

 

  • to ensure all staff are familiar with the procedures

 

  • to ensure all staff understand and support the policy

 

  • to encourage staff to have faith that they have indeed heard what they have been told

 

  • to help staff communicate on sensitive issues

 

 

For the school

 

  • to have a clear, workable, well communicated procedure which staff feel confident in using and which protects the children

 

 

Key contacts

 

Name of school / setting: Loughton Manor First School

 

Headteacher / teacher in charge:

Name: Lizzie Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated child protection member of staff:

Name: Lizzie Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Deputy designated child protection member of staff, specific to Daycare issues:

Name: Penny Smith

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Deputy designated child protection member of staff:

Name: Daniela Thompson

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Deputy designated child protection member of staff

Name: Gemma Kinsella

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

 

Nominated governor for child protection:

Name: Jim McAuley

Contact details: (via LMFS 01908 241472)

 

Statutory Framework

 

The work of all professionals and agencies involved in safeguarding children and promoting their welfare is governed by a legislative Framework. In particular all our work and procedures are governed by the general duties set out in the Children’s Act, and the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education (DfE April 2014). Schools are expected to ensure that they have appropriate procedures in place for responding to situations in which they believe that a child has been abused or is at risk of abuse. These procedures should also cover circumstances in which a member of staff is accused or suspected of abuse.

 

DfEE Circular 10/95 (Protecting Children from Abuse: The Role of the Education Service) places the following responsibilities on all schools:

 

  • staff should be alert to signs of abuse and know to whom they should report any concerns or suspicions.

 

  • a Designated lead should have responsibility for co-ordinating action within the school and liaising with other agencies – MK Council’s policy is that in primary schools the Designated lead should be the Headteacher. Good practice is that there should be other staff with Designated lead Safeguarding training who will take action in the absence of the Headteacher.

 

  • staff with designated responsibility for child protection should receive appropriate training.

 

  • schools should be aware of and follow the procedures established by the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board – in our case, see “MK Inter Agency Procedures to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children” kept in the Head’s office. This document is also available on http://www.proceduresonline.com/mkscb/ It is recommended that staff working in schools should put the above link on the desktop of their workstation or laptop

 

  • schools should have procedures (of which staff are aware) for handling suspected cases of abuse of pupils, including procedures to be followed if a member of staff is accused of abuse.

 

Circular 10/95 also states that “parents should be made aware of the school’s child protection policy and the fact that this may require cases to be referred to the investigative agencies in the interests of the child.” See the section “Implementing this Safeguarding Policy” for how we do this.

Introduction

 

It is important that all staff (teaching and non teaching) are familiar with this policy. Every member of staff (teaching and non teaching) has a responsibility to be alert to the possibility that a pupil may have been, or may be at risk of being abused.

 

A General Definition of Child Abuse is:-

 

  • making a child feel unwanted, ugly, worthless, guilty, unloved (emotional abuse)

 

  • being physically violent to a child (physical abuse)

 

  • exploiting a child sexually (sexual abuse)

 

  • failing to provide the things needed for a child to grow (neglect)

 

 

The safety of a child is of paramount importance and must override all other considerations. If you have cause for concern, it is crucial that you take action which will result in protection for the child.

 

All adults have a responsibility to protect each child from abuse; this means that if you have a concern about a child, you should talk to the designated lead for child protection, LIZZIE BANCROFT. In her absence you should talk to one of the Assistant Heads, or the Daycare Manager in the case of an After School Club evening concern. On the rare occasion that all are out, efforts should be made to contact them by phone.

 

The designated lead is the person with whom the staff should make direct contact as soon as they have a concern about a child. Speedy action is imperative – if you leave passing the information on to the end of the day, intervention will be delayed and in extreme cases your inaction could be sending a child back into the environment where he/she will suffer.

 

This Policy should be used alongside, and in accordance with, the guidance of the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board. A quick link to their website is on the desktop of the Headteacher and the School Business Manager.

 

The Designated Lead

 

The designated lead for Safeguarding is Lizzie Bancroft. Her role is to:

 

  • ensure that the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board’s procedures are followed in the school

 

  • ensure that all staff are aware of these procedures

 

  • ensure that appropriate training and support is provided to all staff

 

  • develop effective working relationships with other agencies and services

 

  • decide whether to take further action about specific concerns (see Milton Keynes Children and Young People’s Services policy ‘Referral’ 4.3.3)

 

  • liase with Children’s Services social workers’ teams over suspected cases of child abuse

 

  • ensure that accurate records relating to individual children are kept in a secure place and marked ‘strictly confidential’

 

  • submit reports to, and attend, Child Protection Conferences

 

  • ensure that the school effectively monitors children who have been identified as at risk

 

  • provide guidance to parents, children and staff about obtaining suitable support

 

The Governing body

 

The governing body will ensure that:

 

  • the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures are consistent with Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board procedures and that these are regularly monitored, reviewed and updated where necessary

 

  • there is a responsible safeguarding governor and a designated child protection member of staff who reports directly to the governing body on the implementation of child protection policies

 

  • parents are made aware of the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures

 

  • the school has appropriate procedures in place to ensure safe recruitment practices and to deal with allegations against staff or volunteers

 

  • all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training at least every 3 years

 

  • action is taken where any weaknesses in child protection or safeguarding policy and practice are apparent within the school

 

  • other organisations using the premises to provide extended or after-school’s activities have appropriate safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures in place.

 

  • they receive the annual report on Safeguarding and Child Protection from the Headteacher.

 

 

School Procedures – The role of all staff

 

All staff are required to read this policy carefully, and sign to confirm that they have done so and that they understand its content.

 

  • If any member of staff is concerned about a child he/she must inform Lizzie Bancroft (or in her absence one of the two assistant heads who are the Deputy Designated Child Protection Staff).

 

  • RECORD KEEPING.Information regarding the concerns must be recorded in writing on the same day as the concern arises, signed, dated and held by Lizzie Bancroft. The recording must be a clear, precise, factual account of the observations. This should be either on a loose sheet of paper, or using the ‘skin map’ diagram and record where appropriate. Blank copies of this are available in the main school office filed under ‘Child Protection Record Forms’. We do not destroy the original notes in case they are needed by a court.

 

  • Although Lizzie Bancroft as designated teacher takes overall responsibility for co-ordinating the case within school, the member of staff who first reported the case will be kept as fully involved as possible. The class teacher will be kept informed to enable the child to be fully supported.

 

  • Lizzie Bancroft may contact the MKC central locality Children and Families Practice for guidance regarding the need for referral.

 

  • If referral is made, Lizzie Bancroft will ensure that a written report of the concerns is sent to the CFP within 48 hours.

 

  • Particular attention will be paid to the attendance and development of any child who has been identified as at risk or who has been placed on the Child Protection Register.

 

  • If a pupil who is known to be subject to a child protection plan changes school, Lizzie Bancroft will inform the CFP and the social worker responsible for the case. She will also transfer the appropriate records to the receiving school. These should be in a separate sealed envelope from other pupil records being transferred, and marked ‘strictly confidential’ for the attention of the Headteacher.

 

  • If a member of staff is contacted directly by someone from outside the school, they must ensure that Lizzie Bancroft is aware of this contact and should seek her guidance before giving information or taking action. In the case of a telephone query, they must take details of the caller and arrange to ‘phone them back.

 

  • We must care for our colleagues when they are involved in any way in a Child Protection case – you do not need to have access to all the details to care for a colleague who may be under stress.

 

  • In the case of children who the school has been asked not to allow home with anyone other than their primary carer the following applies:-

 

1.staff should be informed at our staff meeting, and this information communicated to those not in attendance

 

2.any other adult appearing to collect the child should be referred to the Headteacher

 

 

When to be Concerned

 

You should be concerned about a pupil if he or she:-

 

  • has any injury which is not typical of the bumps and scrapes normally associated with children’s activities

 

  • regularly has unexplained injuries

 

  • frequently has injuries (even when apparently reasonable explanations are given)

 

  • confused or conflicting explanations are given on how injuries were sustained

 

  • exhibits significant changes in behaviour, performance or attitude

 

  • indulges in sexual behaviour which is unusually explicit and/or inappropriate to his or her age. If you are at all unsure if behaviour is inappropriate – and this can be the case sometimes with very young children, you should always raise the issue as a query with Lizzie Bancroft. She will then pursue matters in the normal way.

 

  • discloses an experience in which he or she may have been significantly harmed

 

Dealing with a Disclosure

 

If pupil discloses that he or she has been abused in some way, the member of staff should:-

 

  • listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief

 

  • accept what is being said

 

  • allow the child to talk freely

 

  • reassure the child but not make promises which it might not be possible to keep

 

  • do not promise confidentiality – you have a duty to report and it might be necessary to refer to Child Protection services

 

  • reassure him or her that what has happened is not his or her fault (e.g. If the pupil refers to it you could say “you’re not to blame”, “you’re not alone”, “you’re not the only one this sort of thing has happened to”)

 

  • stress that it was the right thing to tell

 

  • listen, rather than ask direct questions

 

  • ask open questions rather than leading questions (e.g. do not ask “What did s/he do next?” (this assumes s/he did), or “did s/he touch your private parts?”. Such questions may invalidate your evidence (and the child’s) in any later prosecution in court.)

 

  • do not criticise the perpetrator (the pupil may love him/her, and reconciliation may be possible)

 

  • explain what has to be done next and who has to be told

 

  • do not ask the pupil to repeat it all for another member of staff

 

Children with Special Needs

 

It must be remembered that these children form a particularly vulnerable group. Empathy with families of special needs children must not lead to a reluctance to use, or avoidance of, child protection procedures.

 

Allegations Involving School Staff

 

In the event that an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer, the school will follow Milton Keynes’ “Managing Allegations Against Staff in Education” policy and procedures, including where the allegation concerned is against the Headteacher/Designated Staff member. Immediate contact will be made with MKC’s LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) to ensure correct procedures are followed.

 

Implementing this Safeguarding Policy

 

This policy is referred to in our school prospectus and is available on request from the school office. We also inform new parents and carers to the school about this policy when they join our school and through our school newsletter.

 

All staff are given a small card which summarises our Safeguarding Policy. They are encouraged to keep this card handy as an aide memoire. (Appendix 2 is the text of the summary card)

 

The summary card is given to parents as part of their Induction Pack to help raise parental awareness of our policy and practice, and to give additional reassurance that we are committed to keeping children safe.

 

 

Working with parents and carers

 

Parents and carers have the main responsibility for safeguarding and promoting their child’s welfare and the school recognises the importance of working in partnership with them to ensure the welfare and safety of children and young people.

 

The school will:

 

  • make parents aware of the school’s statutory role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, including the duty to refer children and young people on where necessary, by making all school’s policies available on the school’s web-site or on request

 

  • provide opportunities for parents and carers to discuss any problems with class teachers and other relevant staff

 

  • consult with and involve parents and carers in the development of school’s policies to ensure their views are taken into account

 

  • ensure a robust complaints system is in place to deal with issues raised by parents and carers

 

  • provide advice and signpost parents and carers to other services and resources where children and young people need extra support

 

 

New colleagues will be directed to read this policy by the Headteacher. Its importance will be stressed when that direction is made.

 

Staff should ensure they are fully aware of procedures.

 

It is the class teacher’s responsibility to be vigilant about those children considered to be at risk.

 

The teacher must be aware of the feelings and anxieties felt by a child who knows that his or her welfare is being monitored.

 

The school, by way of the designated teacher, will have a key role in the assessment of the child, the implementation of the child protection plan, reviewing the case and deciding with the other agencies on the appropriateness of de-registration and monitoring the overall process.

 

Other Relevant Policies

 

To underpin the values and ethos of our school and our intent to ensure our children / young people are appropriately safeguarded the following policies are also included under our safeguarding umbrella;

 

 

Monitoring & Evaluation and Review

 

The monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of this policy needs to be looked at in the context of recognising its importance in keeping children’s wellbeing as a priority whilst hoping that its procedures are rarely invoked. The confidential nature of elements of its procedure also need to be taken into consideration when undertaking evaluation.

 

This policy will be reviewed through whole staff discussion in September at the same time as the Confidentiality Policy, and presented to the Governing Body annually via Headteacher’s Annual Safeguarding Report to the Governing Body.

 

Documents used to support this policy:

 

http://www.miltonkeynes.gov.uk/teachers/documents/Model_Child_Protection_Policy_2009%282%29.doc

 

http://www.miltonkeynes.gov.uk/education-welfare/documents/Managing%5FAllegations%5FFinal%5F10%2D03%2D2009%2Epdf

 

http://www.miltonkeynes.gov.uk/mkgovernors/documents/Safer%5FRecruitment%5FPolicy%5FV5%5FMar%5F08%5FFINAL%2Epdf

 

 

 

 

Appendix One

 

 

Reporting child protection concerns

 

Notes to remember:

 

When dealing with disclosure, remember the child may be distressed. You should:

 

•Receive

 

•Reassure

 

•React

 

•Record

 

•Support

 

If more than one witness –separate reports & seal. Do not discuss between you

PART 1 – to be completed by staff with concerns

 

Date & time of incident

 

Name and address of alleged perpetrator

(if known)

 

 

 

 

Details of child & siblings if known

 

 

 

 

 

Details of incident or disclosure including witnesses

(Continue on a separate sheet if needed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you have been told

 

By whom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you said

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who you passed the information to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed ………………………………………………………………………..…………..

 

Role……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Date……………………………………………..

 

Part 2 to be completed by named person for child protection

 

 

Action taken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons for action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… date

 

Name:

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Role

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Appendix Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix Three

 

Child Protection Chronology Sheet

 

Name of Child:_____________________________________Gender:__________DoB:____________

Date of Log

Summary of Concerns

Summary of Action

Outcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix Four

 

Child Protection

 

This card summarises the information contained in the School’s Safeguarding Policy. To safeguard children all staff have an obligation to know and comply with the guidance and school policies.

 

What is Child Abuse?

 

Child abuse takes many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Child abusers can be anyone from a stranger, family member, friend, significant adult or an older child. Abusers work secretly and staff should be aware of indicators of child abuse.

 

Some indicators of child abuse- there are many more

1.pupils with unexplained or sudden injuries

2.pupils who are dirty or unkempt/ underfed

3.pupils who are unusually miserable, withdrawn or aggressive

4.children who exhibit unusual behaviour in their play e.g. are aggressive/ play has a sexual content

5.children who are desperate for attention and affection

6.children who exhibit overt/ precocious sexual behaviours

7.children who are reluctant to change for PE or have toileting issues

 

Safeguarding children

 

Staff should encourage and foster openness, dealing with all issues as they occur. Pupils will feel they can raise concerns about feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. Children need to feel confident that they will be listened to and believed. Children need to have confidence that staff will deal with any situation appropriately.

 

If you suspect a child is being abused:

 

1.You have a responsibility to report all concerns, however trivial they may seem.

2.Tell the Headteacher or in her absence the Asst. Head.

3.Record your concerns on paper. Remember to date, and record your name.

 

If a child discloses that they are being abused:

1.Listen to the child, but do not question

2.Do not promise that you won’t pass information on- you will

3.Never stop a child who is freely recalling significant events

4.Do not pass judgement or show feelings about the information

5.Reassure the child that he / she is safe

6.Make a note of the discussion taking care to record timing, setting and your name, as well as what was said.

 

Do not investigate- refer the matter on immediately. Never leave the school building without informing the Headteacher or Asst. Head of your concerns.

 

 

The designated person for Child Protection is Lizzie Bancroft, Headteacher. In addition, both Assistant Heads, (Daniela Thompson and Gemma Kinsella), the Inclusion Manager (Lucy Lock and Daycare Manager (Penny Smith) are trained as designated persons. The School Business Manager (Karen Burzio) is Staff Support.

 

Maintain a professional standard of behaviour

Staff should be aware that their actions could be misinterpreted and that care should be taken to meet the needs of young children, whilst respecting their privacy.

 

You must not:

 

•Allow concerns about child abuse to go unreported

•Trivialise or exaggerate child protection issues / abuse

•Hit, smack, prod, flick or pull at children’s arms/ hands. No form of physical punishment should be used.

•Do anything of a personal nature that pupils can do independently

•Knowingly access, or allow children to access inappropriate internet sites.

•Take pictures of children or films or distribute such items, without complying with school policies.

 

If a child needs to be changed make sure another member of staff is present in the room

 

Protect yourself from allegations of Child Abuse

 

As a member of staff you must not:

 

•Believe it could never happen to me

•Rely on your good name to protect you

•Place yourself in a situation where you are vulnerable to allegations

 

Do not:

 

•Share inappropriate personal information with a pupil

•Show favouritism to any pupil or allow a pupil to be ridiculed or to become a scapegoat. It is important to listen to every child’s viewpoint.

•Take a child on their own in your car. Always have others present

 

 

Remember that you should always behave in a professional manner and that you work with children in an educational context. It would be wrong to take on the role of parent or friend.

 

 

 

PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU WHENEVER YOU WORK WITH CHILDREN AT THE SCHOOL.

 

 

Appendix Five

 

  1. KEY CONTACTS in school/setting

 

Headteacher / Principal / senior officer:

 

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Senior designated safeguarding lead:

 

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Deputy designated safeguarding lead:

 

Name: Gemma Kinsella/Daniela Thompson

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Members of safeguarding team:

 

Elizabeth Bancroft

Jim McAuley

 

Designated e-safety lead:

 

Name: Laura Pittam

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated prevent lead:

 

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated CSE lead:

 

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated LAC (Looked After Children) lead:

 

Name: Elizabeth Bancroft

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Chair of governing body:

 

Name: Rachael Parkin

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated governor for safeguarding:

 

Name: Jim McAuley

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

Designated governor for safer recruitment:

 

Name: Jim McAuley

Contact details: 01908 241472

 

 

  1. SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

 

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. Loughton Manor First School is committed to ensuring that all our children and young people are safe and feel safe; that children, parents/carers and staff are able to talk about any safeguarding concerns and feel assured that they will be listened to; and that all staff and volunteers are aware of and implement safeguarding procedures and guidance, including what to do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

 

In any case where an adult is concerned that a child is, or may be, at risk of significant harm they must make a referral directly to Milton Keynes Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) see contact details at the end of this document.

 

If a child or other person is at immediate risk of harm, the first response should always be to call the police on 999.

 

This policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of Loughton Manor First School.

 

General Principles

 

Safeguarding and the welfare of children is the responsibility of all school staff.

 

We will ensure there are appropriate systems in place for seeking and taking into account the child's wishes and feelings when making decisions, taking action and deciding what services to provide to protect individual children. In line with the Education Act 2002, we will ensure that arrangements are in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people by:

 

  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop, where they feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to
  • Providing children and young people with opportunities to discuss issues and report problems affecting their safety and welfare.
  • Safeguarding their welfare, particularly those children and young people who are most disadvantaged
  • Including opportunities in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse
  • Ensuring safe recruitment practices
  • Ensuring robust procedures for recognition and referral where there are welfare or child protection concerns
  • Raising awareness amongst staff of child protection issues and ensuring staff are equipped to deal with concerns and keep children safe
  • Monitoring and supporting children and young people who are in care or subject to child protection plans and contributing to the implementation of their plan
  • Promoting partnership working with parents and professionals

 

 

  1. DEFINITIONS

 

Safeguarding is protecting children from maltreatment; preventing the impairment of health or development; ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015).

 

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015).

 

 

  1. LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE

 

Loughton Manor First School adopts the key statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education published by the Department for Education in April 2014, revised July 2015: Keeping children safe in education - Publications - GOV.UK

 

and any subsequently published supplementary advice, including Childcare disqualification requirements – supplementary advice:

Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - Publications - GOV.UK

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance incorporates:

 

  • What school and college staff should know and do
  • The role of the school or college
  • The role of school and college staff
  • What school and college staff need to know
  • What school and college staff should look out for
  • What school and college staff should do if they have concerns about a child
  • Types of abuse and neglect
  • Specific safeguarding issues
  • Managing allegations and concerns about teachers and other staff
  • Further information on child sexual exploitation (CSE) and female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Preventing radicalisation

 

All staff should as a minimum read the separate 15 page document Keeping Children Safe in Education: Information for All School and College Staff (July 2105) (which reproduces and summarises Part One of the main guidance).

 

All organisations who work with children and young people are bound by the overarching statutory inter-agency guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (DfE March 2015):

Working together to safeguard children - Publications - GOV.UK

 

Inspection Framework

 

Loughton Manor First School notes the guidance on standards and expectations for safeguarding children published by Ofsted and aims to achieve these.

 

This includes the new inspection framework which comes into effect from 01 September 2015: Common Inspection Framework: education, skills and early years and any accompanying inspection evaluation schedules and handbooks.

Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years from September 2015 - Publications - GOV.UK

 

Local Child Protection Procedures

 

Loughton Manor First School is aware of and compliant with multi-agency child protection procedures that have been agreed locally through Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board (MKSCB) and which are based on statutory guidance Working Together 2015..

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board procedures

 

MKSCB procedures include detailed chapters on what to do if you have a concern and how to make a referral; safer recruitment guidance; and managing allegations against staff (LADO guidance). They also include a range of other information and guidance regarding more specialist safeguarding topics.

 

All designated teaching staff and governors must be aware of this guidance and its implications.

 

Schools are not investigating agencies and it essential that child protection issues are addressed through agreed procedures, however schools continue to play a role after referral and need to develop strong links with partner agencies, particularly Children’s Social Care, via the MASH.

 

Loughton Manor First School recognises the importance of multi-agency working and will ensure that staff are able to attend or appropriately contribute to all relevant meetings including Family Support (Child in Need) Meetings; Child Protection Conferences; Core Groups; Strategy Meetings.

 

 

  1. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect them. There are, however, key people within schools and the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures. The names of those carrying out these responsibilities for the current year are listed at the front of this document.

 

It is the role of the governing body and the school leadership team to ensure that the Designated Leads for Safeguarding have received the necessary training, have access to the resources needed to enable them to carry out their responsibilities and have regular professional supervision to support them in this role. They will be given time to effectively fulfil the duties that their role demands.

 

The school leadership team will ensure that Designated Leads for Safeguarding attend the required training and that they refresh their training every two years.

 

All other staff (teaching and non-teaching) must be offered an appropriate level of training and must undergo refresher training every three years.

 

It is the role of the Designated Leads for Safeguarding to ensure that the child protection procedures are followed within the school and to make appropriate, timely referrals to the Milton Keynes Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in accordance with MKSCB multi-agency safeguarding procedures.

 

It is the role of the Designated Leads for Safeguarding to ensure that all staff who are employed within the school, including temporary staff and volunteers, are aware of the school’s internal procedures in addition to the government guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education; to advise other staff; and to offer support to those requiring this.

 

The Head Teacher/Principal, in conjunction with the Designated Leads for Safeguarding, will provide an annual report for the governing body detailing any changes to the policy and procedures; training undertaken by all staff and governors; and other relevant safeguarding issues. This report is provided to the Head of Safeguarding Milton Keynes Council by the end of Term 2 (December), to be collated with other Annual Reports to Governing Bodies for the purposes of providing assurance to MKSCB.

 

The role of the Nominated Governor for Safeguarding is to ensure that the school has effective child protection policy and procedures in place and that the policy and structures supporting safeguarding children are reviewed annually. Governors must not be given details relating to individual child protection cases or situations, in order to ensure confidentiality is not breached.

 

A statement in the school brochure will inform parents and carers about our school’s duties and responsibilities under child protection procedures. Parents can obtain a copy of the school Child Protection Policy on request.

 

  1. TRAINING

 

The Designated Leads for Safeguarding will undertake specialist child protection training, which will be updated at a minimum of every two years.

 

The Head Teacher/Principal (where not a designated lead) and all staff members will undertake child protection training which is updated at a minimum of 3 yearly, in line with advice from MKSCB.

 

  1. SAFER RECRUITMENT

 

The governing body and school leadership team are responsible for ensuring that the school follows safe recruitment processes in accordance with government requirements and MKSCB procedures, including:

 

  • Ensuring the Head Teacher/Principal, other staff responsible for recruitment and one member of the governing body completes safer recruitment training
  • Ensuring the upkeep of a Single Central Record of all staff and regular volunteers
  • Ensuring written recruitment and selection policies and procedures are in place
  • Adhering to statutory responsibilities to check staff who work with children
  • Taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for any checks beyond what is required
  • Ensuring that volunteers are appropriately supervised

 

Loughton Manor First School is compliant with guidance contained in part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education and in local procedures for managing safer recruitment processes, which are set out in chapter 2.7 Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board procedures

 

Safe Working Practice

 

Loughton Manor First School has developed a clear Code of Practice that staff understand and have agreed to. (Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings, 2009 can be downloaded from the DFE archive site; whilst old, it does give some useful guidance). Safer Working Practices 2009

 

The Code of Practice offers guidance to staff on the way they should behave when working with children.

 

  1. INFORMATION SHARING and CONFIDENTIALITY

 

All staff are aware that they must not promise to keep ‘secrets’ with children and that if children disclose abuse, this must be passed on to the Designated Leads for Safeguarding as soon as possible and the child should be told who their disclosure will be shared with.

 

Staff will be informed of relevant information in respect of individual cases regarding child protection on a ‘need to know basis’ only.

 

 

Loughton Manor First School is guided by local procedures for information sharing and confidentiality, which are set out in chapter 2.4 Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board procedures

 

 

  1. RECORD KEEPING

 

Child Protection records are kept centrally and securely by the Designated Leads for Safeguarding. Staff are aware that they must make a record of child protection issues and events as soon as possible and that these records must be signed and dated. Child protection records must not be made in the child’s academic file.

 

  1. ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MEMBERS OF STAFF and VOLUNTEERS (LADO procedures)

 

Loughton Manor First School recognises that it is possible for staff and volunteers to behave in a manner that causes harm to children and takes any allegation made against members of staff or volunteers seriously. The local arrangements for managing allegations are understood and followed. All staff know who to talk to if they are concerned about the behaviour of an adult.

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 4: Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff sets out the duties of employers and employees in handling allegations and also in caring for their employees. This section covers a range of relevant processes, incorporating the role of the LADO.

 

Loughton Manor First School is guided by local procedures for managing allegations against staff, carers and volunteers, which are set out in chapter 2.8 Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board procedures

 

 

  1. THE USE OF SCHOOL PREMISES BY OTHER ORGANISATIONS

 

Where services or activities are provided separately by another body using the school premises, the governing body will seek assurance that the body concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to safeguarding children and child protection.

 

 

  1. CROSS REFERENCE TO OTHER SCHOOL POLICIES

 

Loughton Manor First School recognises that a number of other school policies and procedures form part of the wider safeguarding and child welfare agenda and therefore this Child Protection Policy should be read in conjunction with the policies listed below:

 

  • Anti bullying policy
  • E-safety policy
  • Photography and Videos
  • Health and safety policy
  • Procedures for accessing risk e.g. school trips
  • Safer recruitment policies and practice
  • Induction and Code of Conduct for staff

 

(This is not an exhaustive list and schools may include others not mentioned here.)

 

  1. POLICY REVIEW

 

The governing body is responsible for reviewing this policy annually and ensuring that it is compliant with current legislation and good practice. Also for ensuring that the school maintains an up to date list of key contacts and related policy and procedures are kept up to date.

 

  1. CONTACTS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

 

To make a referral or consult Children’s Services regarding concerns about a child:

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

Tel: 01908 253169 or 253170 during office hours or

Emergency Social Work Team 01908 265545 out of office hours

email: children@milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

For allegations about people who work with children:

Contact the MASH as above

Or:

Local Authority Designated Office (LADO)

Tel: 01908 254306

email: lado@Milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

If in doubt – consult.

 

For information about safeguarding training for schools and education settings contact the secretary to the Children & Families Head of Safeguarding:

Tel: 01908 254962 or email: sue.butler@milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

For general queries regarding safeguarding, please feel free to contact the Children & Families Head of Safeguarding:

Tel: 01908 254307 or email: jo.hooper@milton-keynes.gov.uk

 

More information and guidance about safeguarding children, including inter-agency training opportunities, can be found on:

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board website: www.mkscb.org/mkscb/

 

 

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