Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding Clarkson Infant & Nursery

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Keeping_children_safe_in_education 2016

Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy September 2016

Safeguarding at our school – Poster

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.

Procedures

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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Tackling Extremism & Radicalisation Policy 2015

Prevent Action Plan September 15

Parent pamphlet on the Prevent strategy

Safeguarding Policy – March 2015

Guidance for Safer Working Practice – Sept 2015

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?

What is Safeguarding children?
Safeguarding refers to everything we do to keep all children safe from harm. Safeguarding is often used to mean Child Protection, but the two phrases have quite distinct meanings. Child Protection describes the actions that will be taken to keep children who are at risk of harm, or have been harmed, safe from further difficulty.
Safeguarding includes the following aspects:
  • 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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