Child protection and safeguarding policy

 

Policy Rationale

Educational Diversity fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection and safeguarding.  Our policy applies to all staff, management committee members and volunteers working in the school.  These are the following elements to our policy:

  • Ensuring we have robust safer recruitment practice for all adults working with children

  • Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep themselves safe

  • Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse

  • Supporting identified young people who are subject to a child protection plan

  • Establishing a safe and secure environment  in which children can learn and develop and feel listened to

 

All pupils have the right to live without being abused, or live in the fear of being abused.  Here within Educational Diversity, we firmly believe that our children matter and it is our responsibility to protect any young person in our care who we know to be at risk of being abused, or who has been abused.  The following policies should be adhered to:

 

“Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings October 2015”

“Working Together to Safeguard Children” (2015)

“Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2016)

“What to do if you think a child is being abused?” (2015)

“Information sharing” (2015)

 

Care of individuals is central to the school.

 

All staff working within Educational Diversity and any new staff into the school have the minimum of level 1 Child Protection training and a number of staff have completed level 2 ”Working Together”.  The training is renewed in line with statutory requirements and is facilitated through the Deputy Head teacher, with responsibility for safeguarding. This information is held on the Single Central Register (SCR)(Darius Robinson).  

 

Within each Centre, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection who has received appropriate training and support in this role.  Safeguarding is led across the whole school by Mr Darius Robinson (DHTS) and Mrs Wendy Casson (The Headteacher).  The nominated member of the management committee with responsibility for safeguarding is Rosie Sycamore.

 

We will follow the procedures set out by the Area Child Protection Committee and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education.  We also follow guidance set by the Blackpool Safeguarding Children’s Board (BSCB) which can be accessed via the following link:  http://www.blackpoollscb.org.uk



This policy is a stand-alone policy, but should be read in conjunction with other statutory Educational Diversity policies which can be accessed through our website:  www.educationaldiversity.com



Scope of our commitment

At our school safeguarding encompasses child protection, safer recruitment, managing allegations against member of staff as well our approach to the Getting It Right Team Framework.  It is also supported by our approach to behaviour management, our response to managing bullying, our response to positive handling, our response to children who are absent from Educational Diversity and our response to

the use of information technology in school and our health and safety procedures. These are documented in separate policies which can be accessed through our website.

 

Throughout our work, we have a clear commitment to supporting families. We aim to work well in partnership with parents/carers and any other appropriate agencies to promote the welfare of our children.

 

Child Protection Procedures

 

At Educational Diversity, we follow the policies and procedures generated by Blackpool’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).  BSCB is live and online.




Blackpool Child Protection Procedures



The Pan-Lancashire Child Protection Procedures   http://proceduresonline.com/panlancs/scb/

http://www.blackpoollscb.org.uk









Purpose

  • to protect children, support them and promote their welfare

  • to provide a caring environment where children can feel safe, are encouraged to talk and are listened to

  • to raise staff awareness of child protection and ensure every adult and management committee member knows the name of the designated people within each Centre.

  • ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried

  • Include opportunities through the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse

  • to raise awareness of individual responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse

  • to provide a systematic means of monitoring, recording and reporting of concerns and cases

  • to provide a framework for inter-agency communication and effective liaison regarding child protection matters, including attendance at case conferences

  • to provide guidance on recognising and dealing with suspected child abuse

  • to identify strategies and interventions available to support children at risk

  • Ensure all records are kept securely; separate from the main pupil file in a locked cabinet

 

Guidelines

 

  • Staff should be vigilant and aware of symptoms of possible child abuse

  • Staff should report any concerns immediately, where possible to their line manager/designated staff.  The initial report may be verbal, but it must be followed by a written record within the same day

  • Staff should consult with the designated staff if in any doubt as how to proceed

  • Staff should follow the advice given in this policy in relation to how to handle disclosures

  • Relevant support will be provided for all pupils



The Headteacher is ultimately responsible for child protection within the school.

 

Guidance on recognising abuse

 

Child abuse is a term used to describe ways in which children are harmed by someone often in a position of power.  It is not the responsibility of Educational Diversity staff to decide whether child abuse is occurring but we are required to act on any concerns and report it to the appropriate party.  The health, safety and protection of a child are paramount.

 

Abuse might fall into the categories of:

 

  • Physical

  • Emotional

  • Sexual

  • Neglect

 

Signs and symptoms of abuse

 

The signs and symptoms of abuse are many and varied.  The following is a list of those signs, which are more clearly recognisable

 

Physical abuse

 

  • Unexplained injury

  • Refusal to discuss injuries

  • Cigarette burns

  • Teeth marks

  • Untreated injuries

  • Unexplained pattern of absence

  • Bilateral black eyes

  • Fear / anxiety of medical treatment

  • Self – destructive tendencies

  • Finger / slap marks

  • Aggression towards others

 

Emotional abuse

 

  • Developmental delay

  • Inappropriate emotional responses

  • Self-mutilation

  • Extreme passivity

  • Extreme aggression

  • Running away

  • Drug / solvent abuse

  • Excessive fear of situations

  • Excessive fear of people

  • Social isolation

  • Depression

 

Sexual abuse

  • Depression

  • Difficulty in walking

  • Self- harming

  • Difficulty in sitting

  • Anorexia

  • Bulimia

  • Inappropriate sexual behaviour

  • Running away

  • Telling of a “friend” with a problem of abuse

  • Sexually abusing another child

  • Chronic medical problems

  • Long term periods of unexplained absence

  • Withdrawn

  • Isolation

  • Very low self esteem

  • Unexplained behaviour changes

 

Neglect

  • Usually hungry

  • Has regular accidents

  • Failure to thrive

  • Poor personal hygiene

  • Inappropriate clothing

  • Reluctance to go home

  • Poor social relationships

  • Frequent lateness for school

  • Frequent tiredness

  • Long term unexplained absence from school

 

Designated Staff

 

  • Will coordinate action within Educational Diversity and liaise with Social Care within Children’s Services and other agencies over cases of abuse and suspected abuse.

  • Will keep confidential information, and details of all correspondence in connection with children deemed to be at risk, in a locked file.  The DSL within each Centre has the key and a spare key is kept by the Headteacher in case of staff absence.

  • Will make child protection referrals, recording and reporting accordingly

  • Will act as a source of advice within Educational Diversity.

  • Will ensure that appropriate strategies for recording and reporting incidents are kept throughout Educational Diversity.

  • Will provide appropriate feedback to members of staff as and when necessary.

 

The Headteacher and DHTS

 

  • Are responsible for undertaking regular reviews of the procedures that apply to child protection and safeguarding.

  • Are responsible for receiving and discussing updates provided by the designated staff.

 

Partnership with Parents

 

Parents’ and children’s privacy should be respected.  However, the priority is the needs of the child and effective liaison is crucial in this.

 

Where possible staff should work with and share information with parents.  Permission for liaison and information sharing with outside agencies should be sought unless it places the child at risk.  In these cases it is preferable to seek advice from Social Care or make a child protection referral.

 

Confidentiality

 

Where children are deemed to be at risk and leave Educational Diversity, the designated staff must inform the receiving school and the relevant designated staff within 6 working days  All CP files are hand delivered to the receiving school Designated Officer who signs to acknowledge receipt.  If the child leaves with no receiving school, details should be passed to the Pupil Welfare Office.

 

Education staff have a professional responsibility to share relevant information about the protection of children with the investigative agencies.  Members of staff should not promise confidentiality but let the child know that only those that need to know may be informed and only for the child’s sake.

 

Time should be taken to reassure the child and confirm that information given will be treated sensitively.  Reassurance should be given and the adult involved listen sympathetically and non- judgementally.

 

All child protection records are kept stored in a locked cabinet, separate from their individual pupil files.  The HT, DHTS and DSL have access to these.  When necessary they may be shared with other relevant staff and then placed immediately back into the locked cabinets.  These documents must be read only in school.

 

Preventing sexual exploitation

 

At Educational Diversity, we are committed to contributing to support local and national bodies as they work to reduce child sexual exploitation.  To support this process, our staff report any concerns they have about our young people in this respect to the DHTS or DSL in school.  The DHTS and the DSL will seek guidance form BCSB online, LADO, Awaken and our Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who will contact the police or other relevant personnel for further advice and support.

 

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) FGM involves cutting, and sometimes sewing the girl’s genitalia, normally without anaesthetic, and can take place at any time from birth onwards. It is sometimes referred to as ‘female circumcision’ but this misnomer belies the invasive and irreversible nature of the procedure. It is now more correctly termed female genital mutilation. The procedure has a cultural, rather than religious, origin and is practised by disparate ethnic communities in many countries, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq. The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it a criminal offence, not only to carry out FGM in England, Scotland and Wales on a girl who is a UK national or permanent resident but also to take a girl out of the UK to have FGM performed abroad, even to countries where FGM is still legal. The indicators of FGM may initially mirror those of sexual abuse. You may notice, for example, that a girl or young woman shows signs of pain or discomfort, needs to visit the toilet constantly, has vaginal blood loss or is unable to sit comfortably. She may make excuses to avoid PE and other physical activity or refuse to use the school showers. She may also become evasive or fearful if you enquire if she is unwell, and assure you that she is fine when she clearly is not. If she is a BME child, has recently arrived back from a ‘holiday’ abroad or a period of absence from school, seems to be in pain and has not been taken by her family to see a doctor, you should consider FGM, alongside other possible explanations.  Any suspicion of this should be treated as a Child Protection Case and all statutory guidelines will be followed “Trafficking Admissions staff should be aware of any suspicion of this by: Checking school/LA records carefully.   Anyone entering from another country (outside UK), should be cross checked with immigration”.

Any suspicion of this within Educational Diversity will be treated as a Child Protection Case and all procedures should be followed.

 

‘Honour based’ violence

So-called ‘honour based’ violence (HBV) encompasses crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community, including FGM, forced marriage and practices such as breast ironing. All forms of so called HBV are abuse (regardless of the motivation) and should be handled and escalated as such. Any suspicion of this within Educational Diversity will be treated as a Child Protection Case and all procedures should be followed.

 

Radicalisation/PREVENT

In Educational Diversity, we are committed to the promotion of community cohesion and reducing the likelihood that our young people will become radicalised.  To support this process, all staff have completed the online Channel General Awareness Course developed by the Metropolitan Policing Service in the Autumn Term 2015. The Prevent team are delivering training to all staff to enable us to have a better understanding of the issues concerned.  We have an  overall approach to the school’s work on promoting life in Modern Britain which is underpinned throughout the curriculum. Lettings are vetted and monitored by the School Business Manager, who is directly line-managed by the Headteacher.

 

All Channel concerns are made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DS Maxine Monks can be contacted on 01772 413029.  Named officers within the authority are Sharon Cooper and Steve Cook.  Information and guidance can also be obtained from the DFE Website “Prevent”

 

Any suspicion of issues highlighted - should be treated as a Child Protection Case and all procedures should be followed.

Domestic abuse reports / Information sharing

The HT and identified personnel from each Centre receives DV reports from the LA which are forwarded to them by the police.  These reports are password protected and only identified staff can access the contents.  The information helps understanding the issues around a particular individual which can help meet individual needs.  These are never shared with the young person until they have reached the age of 16 years.  The HT will print one hard copy of this report and then delete all evidence of this from the computer.  This hard copy is stored in a locked cabinet and kept for one year.  If the young person leaves the school, the paper copy is shredded.

 

Domestic abuse within BSCB is any incident or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.  It includes forced marriage, honour based abuse and female genital mutilation.

 

Child Protection Procedures

  1. FIRST LEVEL OF VIGILANCE - If a staff member has a minor concern about unusual or unexplained changes in a child’s appearance, behaviour, attendance or basic needs then the staff member has a duty to report and record the concern to the DSL within each setting responsible for safeguarding. (See– safeguarding files).

 

  1. When staff receive a disclosure or notice something which leads them to suspect that abuse may have taken place the information is reported verbally to the DSL or in their absence, the Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Safeguarding (DHTS) or HT. (Under the direction of the DSL / DHTS, the concern is recorded in the individual’s safeguarding file.

 

  1. If physical abuse is suspected a ‘body map’ will be used to record the site and extent of any injury that has been noticed.  These are both passed in a sealed envelope to the DSL or in their absence the DHTS or HT as soon as possible.  This record should include:

  • The date and time of the observation/disclosure

  • Full information including verbatim accounts when possible of the incident

  • Comments about their appearance, behaviour, emotional state and actions

When information technology is involved we retain the evidence provided by the young person and/or their family (e.g. screen shots/emails/text messages) and use it to support the concern.  However, we do not search family mobile phones or computers to gain further information. Instead we seek advice from the Police via the Public Protection and Investigation Unit (01253 604080) about gathering evidence.

 

Upon receiving the cause of concern) the DSL / DHTS follows the procedures endorsed by Blackpool’s Local Children Safeguarding Board. Action must be taken within the same working day and as early as possible.

 

  1. Where abuse is suspected a referral will be made to Social Care (01253 477299) by the Level 2 Team.  The expectation is that a verbal referral will be supported in writing, usually by the completion of the Getting It Right form, in line with local procedures.

 

  1. The supporting documentation should be e-mailed or faxed to the duty team on (01253 477299) who will decide the outcome of the referral

 

Outlining process for Child Protection detailed in procedures








           

 

The content of the referral will be discussed with parents/carers where this is appropriate.  Advice may be sought from Social Care concerning this aspect of information sharing.  It is recognised that parents/carers are unlikely to be told that a referral is being made if sexual abuse or fabricated illness are suspected.  

Staff must not discuss any issues with parents/carers unless they are told to do so by

the DHTS or DSL. Social Care will then lead the process which could involve the children going onto child protection plans or for assessment by The Early Assessment Team. If a referral is passed to The Early Assessment Team they will determine the best course of action and which professionals are best placed to deal with the issues.

 

NO ATTEMPT SHOULD BE MADE BY OUR STAFF TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION INTO CASES OF SUSPECTED ABUSE.

NO CHILD SHOULD BE TOUCHED, CHECKED OR EXAMINED unless directed by Social Care and carried out by at least 2 members of staff, one of whom must be from the Designated Team.

 

Social Care and the police are responsible for undertaking investigations. Inappropriate actions by others may negate or contaminate evidence.

 

At Educational Diversity staff must co-operate with those investigating abuse following

a referral.  It will be the responsibility of those investigating the case to ensure that parents/carers are fully informed about the investigation.  

 

Throughout this process the Designated Team can seek advice from

Social Care (01253 477299) – (may need to speak to the Senior Practitioner/Duty Social Worker)

    The Safeguarding Board/LADO (01253 477541) in relation to allegations



Training and Support



  • All staff must read and sign to say thy understood and abide by guidance KCSIE part 1

  • All of the designated team are trained at Level 2 ‘Working Together’.

  • All staff, including new staff, must complete Level One Safeguarding.  A copy of

the certificate is stored centrally with by the DHTS.

  • All members of staff are trained in Blackpool Safeguarding Child Protection as part of their induction process and continued professional development (3 year cycle).

  • As part of the recruitment process and continued professional development all staff are trained in Safer Working Practices (DfE 2015). Staff sign to say they have received the document kept by (DHTS)

  • A number of staff hold First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid certificates.

  • Support material for all staff and the BSCB policies and procedures are available on the Blackpool’s SCB website. http://www.blackpoollscb.org.uk

  • The procedures relating to all aspects are discussed with all staff regularly and staff are ‘quizzed’ on them and associated scenarios.

  • A record of staff training is kept within school, which identifies who has attended training and the content of the session.

  • Our Recruitment process includes safeguarding tasks and questions

  • Safeguarding is a standing item on Leadership meetings.

  • Training including Safer Recruitment is also provided by the BSCB and Human Resources to support the management committee in their role.

  • A record of staff trained to carry out Safer Recruitment interviews will be kept in school including certificates.  This training is renewed every five years and dates of completion kept on the Single Central Register.

 

Early Support

 

  • Staff in Educational Diversity are committed to inter agency working to support the Getting it Right Process (GIR)

  • On entry into Educational Diversity, inductions for the young people will include the completion of the “GIR”, in consultation with parents / carers, if there is not one currently in place.  This is used to ensure we are able to provide the very best wrap around support that a young person may require.

  • Discuss any concerns with parents / carers

  • Discuss concerns around individual young people within the monthly MAP (Multi agency Professionals) meetings, led by the DHTS

  • Provide additional information to the “Getting it Right” document when required to do so

  • Monitor the young person’s progress and raise the issue to the level of Child Protection if required.




Information for parents / carers

 

It is made very clear to all parents / carers that all our staff are legally obliged to follow up any concerns they may have around child protection.

 

The Designated Team (Level of training and dates evidenced on SCR)

 

  • Mrs Wendy Casson (Headteacher)

  • Mr Darius Robinson (DHTS) (Deputy Headteacher)

  • Mrs Anna Dootson (AHT)

  • Mr Simon Coulter (DSL Oracle)

  • Mrs Lesley Armer (DSL Athena)

  • Mrs Claire Baxter (DSL Pegasus)

  • Mrs A Chippindale ( DSL Mountford)

  • Mrs Michelle Mortimer ( DSL Mountford VALT)

  • Mrs A Bellaby

 

  • Safer Recruitment

 

At Educational Diversity we are committed to the safer recruitment practices outlined in Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (2007)

 

We ensure that all appointments in our school are made by a panel which comprises of at least one person who has completed the ‘safer recruitment’ training package.  

 

Our safer recruitment practices include:

  1. Ensuring that all our adverts include a statement which explains our commitment to safeguarding children

  2. Ensuring that all our posts are detailed accurately through specific job descriptions and person specifications which state the contact that the post-holder will have with children and their responsibilities associated with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

  3. Discarding any applications that are made by any applicant who submit a CV instead of the required application form, requiring them to complete an application form for all posts advertised

  4. Our HR team request references prior to interview, using a detailed reference request form

  5. Scrutinising the application form when possible and references, to identify any gaps in employment, or inconsistencies in the information presented.  We use this information to formulate candidate specific questions that will be used during the interview.

  6. Checking the validity of qualifications (original documentation should be verified), along with QTS from National College.

  7. Checking the identity of the individual concerned

  8. Checking the eligibility of the candidate to work in the UK along wittheprohibitionof teaching check which is completed by HR.

  9. The recruitment panel will ensure they ask specific questions during the interview that relate to safeguarding children.  (We expect candidates to discuss individual experiences rather than talking hypothetically where possible).

  10. Collecting the information in relation to Disclosures and Barring (Disclosures and Barring Service)

  11. Discussing any self-declared information with the candidate in a non-prejudicial way during the interview and not using the information as part of the short listing process

  12. Reserving the right to call candidates back for further questioning if anything emerges either through the DBS process or late references (conditional offer of employment)

  13. Reserving the right to dismiss a candidate if false information has been submitted during the recruitment process or if information comes to light that the candidate failed to disclose (due to conditional offer of appointment)




In addition:

 

  1. We maintain our single central record for our own employees, volunteers, adults and members of the Management Committee also need to be cleared by the LA using the DBS system).

  2. Ensure that all visitors to our school are met at Reception and asked to sign in, are given a visitors ‘pass /badge and escorted to the appropriate areas.  ID badges will always be checked.  There may be some cases where this does not happen (e.g. known regular deliveries or services e.g. refuse collection, but these must be monitored by school Staff).

  3. Ensure that where appropriate (LA officers/contractors) visitors are asked to show their formal identity badges to link them to a known organisation. They are only admitted to complete known and verifiable duties and they must all sign in at Reception.

  4. Any college student placements have DBS check undertaken centrally before being deployed in the school.

  5. The Headteacher, leaders and the Management Committee access Safer Recruitment courses provided by the Local Authority (renewal every 3 years). They also keep themselves abreast of developments via the LA training/briefing sessions and supporting documentation.

  6. In the case of a new staff member who is awaiting clearance a Pre-Employment Risk Assessment will be completed before the staff member commences their post, which is signed off by the Director of Children’s Services.  Copies of these are held by the Headteacher electronically.

 

Managing allegations against members of staff or volunteers

 

All the staff at Educational Diversity are aware that they have a duty to report any

concerns they have about the conduct of another member of staff, volunteer or management committee member to the Headteacher.  They are also informed of the purpose of the Whistleblowing Policy. If the concerns are about the Headteacher they are aware that they report the matter to the Chair of the Management Committee or the Deputy Director of Children’s Services.  

 

When an allegation has been made against a member of staff, the Headteacher will consider whether the allegation suggests that the individual has:

 

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child

  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child

  • Behaved in a way that indicates that s/he is unsuitable to work with children

 

If any of the above may have happened the Headteacher must record the concerns, and contact the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO: 01253 477541) to ask for advice about how to proceed.  The LADO will advise the Headteacher about whether to complete related forms or treat the matter internally via other policies (eg. disciplinary/capability). For additional information about the process we refer to HR.

 

We recognise our duty to refer colleagues to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) under section 35 of the Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) for their consideration about whether a colleague should be barred from the children’s workforce.  

 

We have a duty to refer colleagues to ‘prohibition of teachers’, misconduct of teachers NCTL route as detailed in KCSIE July 2014 and to the Guidance provided by the DBS on www.gov.uk/disclosure-and-barring-service are met.

 

We have a duty to refer concerns around colleagues or malpractice in accordance with our whistleblowing policy and our complaints policy which can be found on the website and on Google Drive

 

Managing allegations against other young people

 

We recognise that some students will sometimes negatively affect the learning and wellbeing of others and their behaviour will be dealt with under our Promoting positive behaviour policy.

 

Safeguarding allegations

 

Occasionally, allegations may be made against students by others in the school, which are of a safeguarding nature. Safeguarding issues raised in this way may include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. It is likely that to be considered a safeguarding allegation against a pupil, some of the following features will be found.

 

The allegation:

  • is made against an older pupil and refers to their behaviour towards a younger pupil or a more vulnerable pupil

  • is of a serious nature, possibly including a criminal offence

  • raises risk factors for other pupils in the school

  • indicates that other pupils may have been affected by this student

  • indicates that young people outside the school may be affected by this student

 

Examples of safeguarding issues against a student could include:

 

  • Physical Abuse

  • violence, particularly pre-planned

  • forcing others to use drugs or alcohol

  • Emotional Abuse

  • blackmail or extortion

  • threats and intimidation

  • Sexual Abuse

  • indecent exposure, indecent touching or serious sexual assaults

  • forcing others to watch pornography or take part in sexting



Sexual Exploitation

  • encouraging other children to attend inappropriate parties

  • photographing or videoing other children performing indecent act

  • In areas where gangs are prevalent, older students may attempt to recruit younger pupils using any or all of the above methods.

  • Young people suffering from sexual exploitation themselves may be forced to recruit other young people under threat of violence.

 

Minimising the risk of safeguarding concerns towards pupils from other students

 

On occasion, some students will present a safeguarding risk to other students. The school should be informed that the young person raises safeguarding concerns, for example, they are coming back into school following a period in custody or they have experienced serious abuse themselves. These students will need an individual risk management plan to ensure that other pupils are kept safe and they themselves are not laid open to malicious allegations. There is a need to balance the tension between privacy and safeguarding.

 

What to do

 

When an allegation is made by a pupil against another student, members of staff

should consider whether the complaint raises a safeguarding concern. If there is a safeguarding concern the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) should be informed. A factual record should be made of the allegation, but no attempt at this stage should be made to investigate the circumstances. The DSL should contact social services to discuss the case. It is possible that social services are already aware of safeguarding concerns around this young person. The DSL will follow through the outcomes of the discussion and make a social services referral where appropriate.

 

The DSL will make a record of the concern, the discussion and any outcome and

keep a copy in the files of both pupils’ files. If the allegation indicates a potential criminal offence has taken place, the police should be contacted at the earliest opportunity and parents informed (of both the student being complained about and the alleged victim). It may be appropriate to exclude the pupil being complained about for a period of time according to the school’s behaviour policy and procedures. Where neither social services nor the police accept the complaint, a thorough school investigation should take place into the matter using the school’s usual disciplinary procedures.

 

In situations where the school considers a safeguarding risk is present, a risk

assessment should be prepared along with a preventative, supervision plan.

The plan should be monitored and a date set for a follow-up evaluation with

Everyone concerned.



Online safety – Social Media Guidance

 

All the staff in our school are aware that they have a duty to protect themselves, children and the families they serve, fellow school colleagues and their employer in relation to

On line safety. BSCB Social Media guidance is provided in our online safety policy.  We are also protected by the firewall and filtering system provided through the LA

 

Ged McNally is the named person for online safety as anti- bullying lead across the authority.  He has completed the training to become a verifier of the E Safety mark and has offered advice to schools on issues surrounding online safety.

 

We have an online safety policy that complies with Ofsted recommendations.  All our staff have received training in on-line safety and this is also promoted in lessons for the benefit of the young people to ensure they are helped to keep themselves and others safe online.

 

Private Fostering

 

Education, health and other professionals should notify the local authority of a private fostering arrangement that comes to their attention, where they are not satisfied that the local authority have been, or will be, notified of the arrangement, so that the local authority can then discharge its duty to satisfy itself that the welfare of the privately fostered child concerned is satisfactorily safeguarded and promoted.

 

The wider safeguarding agenda

 

This policy and procedures should also be read in conjunction with other school policies relating to safeguarding.

 

All guidance online in The Pan-Lancashire Child Protection Procedures   http://proceduresonline.com/panlancs/scb/                                                                  http://www.blackpoollscb.org.uk

 

Serious Case Reviews

 

At Educational Diversity we are committed to taking account of any recommendations that are made from local and national Serious Case Reviews and consequently share appropriate recommendations with relevant staff.  We are aware that our school may become involved in a Serious Case Review and we are committed to supporting the process.  As such we will ensure that the files and records that pertain to a child involved in an incident that may lead to a Serious Case Review are preserved in school and we will co-operate with the representatives from the BSCB who are undertaking

the review.





Safeguarding Audit

 

BSCB recommend that all schools undertake the self -evaluation SECTION 175 self- audit and the outcomes of such are reflected in developments / training / priority actions within the school.

 

This was completed in September 2015 and was audited by Paul Turner, the safeguarding officer within the authority on Friday 16th October 2015.  A fuller audit was completed by Paul on the 09th November 2015. A further audit will be completed in November 2016.

 

Reviewed October 2016

To be reviewed:  October 2017



This is a document under review and is currently out for consultation to be agreed at the Management Committee meeting on the 17th November 2016.

 

Headteacher’s Signature:                        

Date: _               

Chair of Management Committee’s Signature:  

Date: ________________

 

Implementation Date: October 2016

Adopted by Management Committee: November 2016 (see above)

Review period: Annually

Date policy last reviewed: October 2016

Person Responsible for Policy: Wendy Casson and Darius Robinson

Appendix 1

 

Educational Diversity Safeguarding Chronology

 

Name of Child:                              Centre:

 

Date

Concern

Report

sign

See CP File

Tick if appropriate

Action

Sign

Outcome







           






           






           






           






           






           





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Summer Magazine 2017 | Issue No. 5

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