Safeguarding Clarkson Infant & Nursery
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Procedures and responsibilities
We are sometimes asked who is responsible in school for child protection and our answer is very simple: everyone. Child Protection is a shared responsibility, and the document Working Together to Safeguard Children says “the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.” (HM Government, 2013).
In practice, this means that although people in schools have different, specific roles, we all have a responsibility to make sure children are kept safe from harm.
1. If a member of staff has concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, he or she will make written notes on to a form called “Log of Concern about a Child’s Welfare.” This is a standard form supplied to all schools by the Local Authority. Basic, factual information will be recorded on this form and it will be passed immediately to one of the Designated Persons for Child Protection.
2. The Designated Person will then decide on the course of action to be taken. Usually, we will meet straight away to discuss the situation before we make a decision. If we are unsure of how to proceed, we can either telephone the Education Child Protection Service for advice – they have a direct telephone helpline staffed during the day in term time – or we can conduct a “what if?” A “what-if” is where we telephone Children’s Services Contact Centre, and present the situation without naming anyone involved. They will then advise us of the next steps or put us through to a Social worker to discuss things in more detail.
3. Our decisions about what to do really depend on the situation we have, but our priority is always to do whatever is best to ensure the safety of the child or children involved.
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Senior Designated People for Safeguarding at our school.
Mrs.R.Hartopp – Headteacher
Mrs.S.Pomeroy – Deputy Headteacher
Mrs.S.Barker – Chair of Governors Safeguarding & Prevent Lead
Prevent Lead – Mrs Hartopp – Headteacher
What is Safeguarding Children?
- ensure that the adults working with children and young people are safe
- ensuring that a record is kept of any concerns that may arise
- pupils’ health and safety
- bullying, including cyber-bullying (by text message, on social networking sites, and so on)
- racist abuse
- harassment and discrimination
- use of physical intervention
- meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- providing first aid
- drug and substance misuse
- educational visits
- intimate care
- internet or e-safety
- issues which may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity
- appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context
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