Prospect
School

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection Policy 2016-17


Purpose


This School fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard & promote the welfare of children at our school.


The purpose of this policy is to provide staff, volunteers and governors with the guidance they need in order to keep children safe and secure in our school and to inform parents and guardians how we will safeguard their children whilst they are in our care.


Context


We recognise that children have a right to feel secure and cannot learn effectively unless they do so. Parents, carers and other people can harm children either by direct acts or failure to provide proper care or both. Children may suffer neglect; emotional, physical or sexual abuse or a combination of such types of abuse. All children have a right to be protected from abuse. Whilst the school will work openly with parents as far as possible, the school reserves the right to contact Children’s Social Care or the Police, without notifying parents if this is in the child’s best interests.


Aims


These procedures apply to all staff, governors & volunteers working in the school. The aim of our procedures is to prevent children being abused & to safeguard & promote the welfare of pupils at this school in the following ways:-


  • Raise awareness of child protection and safeguarding roles and responsibilities with Staff, Governors and Volunteers.
  • Develop, implement and review procedures in our school that enable all staff & volunteers to identify and report cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Support pupils who have been abused in accordance with their agreed child protection plan
  • Support children with additional needs, e.g. through the CAF 
  • Ensure the practice of safe recruitment in checking and recording the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
  • Ensure that allegations or concerns against staff are dealt with in accordance with DCSF & local guidance.


Whole Staff Responsibilities


This school recognises that because of their day to day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:-


  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried about any problems.
  • Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
  • Follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Local Authority and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
  • Treat all disclosures with the strictest confidence.
  • Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and its staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the school prospectus and that parents are offered a copy of the policy on request.
  • Notify parents of our concerns, and provide them with opportunities to change the situation, where this does not place the child at greater risk.
  • Notify the allocated Social Worker if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil with a child protection plan.
  • Develop effective links with Children’s Social Care and cooperate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at Child Protection Case Conferences.
  • Liaise with other agencies that support pupils such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, The Locality Team and the Educational Psychology Service through normal referral routes and the CAF process.
  • Ensure that there is a senior designated person (CPLO).


CPLO responsibilities


In this school the CPLOs are Sharon Chinnappa and Penny Broadhurst They will:


  • Ensure that the Governing Body understand their responsibilities under s.175 of the Education Act 2002.
  • Ensure they have received appropriate training and attend training every 2 years.
  • Ensure every member of staff, volunteer and governor knows the name of the designated person (CPLO), their role and their contact details
  • Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated person (CPLO).
  • Ensure that whole school training occurs every three years so that every member of staff, volunteer and Governor can fulfil their child protection responsibilities effectively and to comply with the requirements set out in ‘Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment in Education’ guidance (DCSF, 2007).
  • Keep written records that are kept securely and separately from the main pupil file and use these records to assess the likelihood of risk.
  • Ensuring that copies of child protection records and or records of concern are transferred accordingly (separate from pupil files) when a child leaves the school.
  • Ensuring that, where a pupil on a child protection plan, or is a child looked after, leaves the school, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child’s Social Worker is informed.  


Responsibilities of Adults within the school community


All adults are required to be aware of and alert to the signs of abuse.

  • If an adult identifies that a child may be in an abusive situation they should record their concerns and report them to the senior designated person (CPLO) as soon as practical.
  • If a child discloses allegations of abuse to an adult, they will follow the procedures attached to this policy.
  • If the disclosure is an allegation against a member of staff they will follow the procedures attached to this policy. 


 As a school we will educate and encourage pupils to Keep Safe through:

  • The content of the curriculum
  • A school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued
  • The “Rights, Respect and Responsibility” agenda
  • The creation of a culture which helps children to feel safe and able to talk freely about their concerns, believing that they will be listened to and valued.
  • Annual review form


As a school, we review this policy annually in line with Hampshire Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures and the following Local Authority procedures and DCSF guidance.

 

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010)
Safeguarding Our Children - 4LSCB Procedures (2007)
http://www.4lscb.org.uk/documents/4lscbproceduresupdated220708.pdf
Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment in Education ( DCSF 2007)
http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/_doc/8592/Recruit.pdf
Child Protection - Dealing with Allegations against, and concerns about Staff ( HCC 2006)
http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/eps/child-protection/
Guidance for Safer Working practices for Adults who Work with Children & Young People  (2007)
http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/resources-and-practice/IG00311/
What to do if you are Worried a Child is Being Abused ( HM Govt. 2006)
http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=searchresults&ft=%2bchild+%2babuse&pn=1&sb=6&rpp=1&ShowHide=4&Area=1

Date Approved by Governing Body: 27th March 2017