Child Safeguarding policy

CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING POLICY

 

 

This policy should be read alongside the Island Safeguarding Policy (attached)

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Sarah Cullen

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) receives appropriate training and support for this role and will access safeguarding training at least annually. Currently the DSL is Mrs. Sarah Cullen.

There is a nominated member of the Board of Education responsible for child protection and safeguarding and they also have access to appropriate training. Currently this is Karen Le Mouton.     The DSL reports to the Board of Education and Education Committee termly.

 

 

Position Statement

Sark School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection and safeguarding and we ensure that parents/carers have an understanding of this by making this policy available to parents if they request it. Our policy applies to all staff, and volunteers working in the school as well as members of the Board of Education, the Education Committee and the Director of Education. There are six main elements to our policy:

 

· Raising awareness of child protection issues with staff and equipping children with skills needed to keep them safe.

· Ensuring that we practice safer recruitment by checking the suitability of anyone working with  children.

· Training and supporting our staff to appropriately recognise, respond to and support children

·    Implementing and reviewing regularly, our procedures for identifying and reporting concerns

·    Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her child protection plan.

· Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

 

 

Raising awareness of child protection issues with staff and equipping children with skills needed to keep them safe. We recognise that because of their day to day contact with children, the 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. We include opportunities in the PSHE and Sex Education curriculum for children to develop the skills and knowledge they need to recognise danger and stay safe from abuse.

 

 

Ensuring that we practice safer recruitment by checking the suitability of anyone working with children.

Safer Recruitment practices are always followed and every interview panel will have at least one member who has a current certificate in Safer Recruitment. We will check on the identity of candidates, follow up references with referees and scrutinise applications for gaps in employment. Safeguarding considerations are at the centre of each stage of the recruitment process.

 

The school will keep up to date the Single Central Record to ensure that identity checks have been carried out, that DBS checks have been completed as appropriate and the date recorded. Any required qualifications are also recorded alongside any professional registration details, and the right to work on Sark is established.

 

Training and supporting our staff to equip them to appropriately recognise, respond to and support children.

All full time teaching staff are trained to at least level two safeguarding.  Volunteers and members of the Board of Education and Education Committee trained to at least level one and have a clear understanding of their role in managing concerns.

 

All staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities by being alert to the signs of abuse and their need to refer any concerns to the DSL without delay. All members of staff and volunteers will receive update training annually and an attendance record kept at the school.

 

Implementing and reviewing regularly our procedures for identifying and reporting concerns

Where there is a concern a ‘Pink Form’ should be completed and placed in the red Safeguarding Postbox located in the school entrance or in the foyer of the Government office.  (‘Pink Forms’ are available from a box beside the postbox at school and in the Government office).  A pink form is also downloadable from the Chief Pleas website.  Only the DSL or Island Safeguarding Officer has access to this box and all forms will be treated with the strictest of confidence. 

 

Records of concerns raised are kept electronically using the safeguarding software ‘My Concern’, which is used island wide by all DSLs and is managed by the Island Safeguarding Officer (ISO). These records do not form part of the young person’s academic record.  All paper records are kept securely in a locked cabinet within the school. 

 

Concerns may be raised in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (M.A.S.H) meetings involving all Island Designated Safeguarding Officers

 

 

Supporting pupils who are in need in accordance with their agreed child protection plan.

We recognise that children in need may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. The school seeks to reduce the potential impact of this through the content of the curriculum and the school ethos which supports a positive, supportive and secure environment for young people and gives them a sense of being valued.

 

Sark School may also liaise with other agencies that support the young person such as Children’s Social Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). If a pupil who is the subject of a child protection plan leaves the school, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that their social worker is informed. Child protection information will be transferred securely and separately from the child’s education file.

 

Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

 

In creating a safe environment for children and young people the school has an anti-bullying policy which is published on the school website. This includes specific reference to cyber-bullying whether taking place in or out of school. Bullying reports are reviewed regularly to ensure effective action and positive outcomes. Processes for young people to report concerns or make complaints about others are well understood by both young people and staff. The means by which this should be done are well advertised and understood by all.

 

The use of Physical Intervention with young people will only be used when in the judgement of staff circumstances require it in order to prevent harm to the child, to other young people or to an adult. In all cases the level of intervention will be appropriate to the level of perceived risk, and only last as long as is required to reduce this risk and minimise any possible harm to the child. In emergency situations any staff member present will act in the best interests of the child or children. Any use of physical intervention will be recorded in writing, communicated to parents and reported to the Director of Education without delay and accident forms completed if appropriate. Parents/Carers will be advised of the action taken.

 

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments using a standardised form are completed when required (see below for examples) They are signed by the Head of School and a copy is kept on file at school These are examples only and do not form an exhaustive list

  • Displays Risk Assessment
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • PE Indoor Ball Games Risk Assessment
  • Playtime Risk Assessment (Including the use of the field – a public space)
  • Slips and Trips Risk Assessment
  • Working at Height Ladders Risk Assessment
  • Off site Risk Assessment

 

This policy will be reviewed and approved by the Board of Education on an annual basis.

 

 

Chair of the Board of Education


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