Safeguarding

SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES

Designated Child Protection Coordinators are:
Kevin Higgins Deputy Head, North Street Site KS1, KS2
Marc May Deputy Head Lawson Close Site KS3, KS4

Designated Deputy Coordinator is:
Joan Collins North Street/Lawson Close KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

 

PREVENTION:
  • We recognise that the school plays a significant part in the prevention of harm to pupils by providing pupils with good lines of communication with trusted adults, supportive friends and an ethos of protection
  • We will establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to
  • Ensure that all children know there is an adult in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty
  • Include in the curriculum opportunities for PSHCE which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm and to know to whom they should turn to for help

In the event a child makes a disclosure/allegation the following procedures should be implemented.

LISTENING AND TALKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE DO:

  • Reassure
  • Find a quiet place to talk where you will not be interrupted
  • Listen but do not pressurise
  • Ascertain the facts – DO NOT ask specific questions but encourage the child to tell you what happened by asking what happened next
  • Let the child know you are pleased to have been told
  • Tell the child you believe them
  • Tell the child you will need to involve others to ensure the child’s safety in the future.  Tell the child who needs to be involved and why.
  • Report the incident to a designated teacher for any further action AND
  • Give a written record, [how the disclosure arose, what the child said, your replies etc.] signed and dated to the designated teacher as soon as possible
  • Ensure that the designated teacher is handed the report – not left on a desk which can then be lost
  • Talk to someone about your own feelings

DO NOT:

  • Promise confidentiality that you cannot keep
  • Make false promises or reassurances about what will happen
  • Interrupt the child to inform others
  • Ask leading questions or sympathise inappropriately

We will support all pupils by:

  • Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying
  • Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school
  • Liaising and working together with all support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children notifying Social Services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children
  • Notifying Social Services as soon as there is a significant concern
  • Providing continuing support to a pupil about whom there have been concerns who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the pupil’s now school
SUPPORTING STAFF:
  • We recognise that staff working in the school who have become involved with a child who has suffered harm, or appears to be likely to suffer harm, may find the situation stressful and upsetting
  • We will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with a designated teacher and to seek further support as appropriate
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST STAFF:
  • We understand that a pupil may make an allegation against a member of staff
  • If such an allegation is made, the member of staff receiving the allegation will immediately inform the Head Teacher
  • The Head Teacher on all such occasions will discuss the content of the allegation with the LA Lead Office for Child Protection
  • If the allegation made to a member of staff concerns the Head Teacher, a designated teacher will immediately inform the Chair of Governors who will consult with the LS’s Lead Office for  Child Protection
  • The school will follow the LA procedures for managing allegations against staff, a copy is available in school
WHISTLEBLOWING:
  • We recognise that children cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where staff fail to do so
  • All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues
RESTRICTIVE PHYSICAL INTERVENTION:
  • Our policy on physical intervention by staff is set out in a separate policy and acknowledges that staff must only ever use physical intervention as a last resort, and that at all time it must be the minimal force necessary to prevent injury to another person
  • We use Team Teach which is a supportive use of physical intervention

INTERNET SAFETY

What children do online and through social networking

Children and young people go online to connect with friends, make new friends, to browse/surf the internet for information, chat with others and play games. This can be done using many different devices, such as: computers, laptops,  iPad’s, tablets, games consoles, PSP’s and mobile phones. 

They may: 

  • search for information or content on search engines like Google and Bing
  • share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps like Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and YouTube
  • use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter
  • write or reply to messages on forums and message boards
  • play games alone or with others through websites, apps or game consoles
  • chat with other people through online games, BBM (Blackberry Messenger), game consoles, webcams, social networks and tools like Whatsapp

When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.

There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.

Visit the NSPCC website for more advice on the risks and dangers of being online.

NSPCC Online Safety

Pokémon Go: A Parent’s Guide: Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/

Digital Parenting Guide

Digital Parenting 5