Date by which the school adopted the policy: September 2015

Anticipated review date: September 2016

Signed by Chair of Governors:


CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT



Burlington CE Primary School believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.


We recognise that:


the welfare of the child/young person is paramount

all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.


The purpose of the policy:


To provide protection for the children and young people who receive (organisations name’s) services, including the children of adult members or users.

To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.  


This policy applies to all pupils, staff, governors, volunteers, visiting and agency staff, or anyone working on behalf of Burlington CE Primary School.


We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:


valuing them, listening to and respecting them;

implementing child protection procedures based on national guidance and codes of conduct for staff and volunteers;

recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;

sharing with children, parents, staff and volunteers, information about good practice in child protection;

sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately;

providing effective management for staff and volunteers through support and training.


Copies can be found online at www.burlingtonschool.org.uk and upon request from the school office.


CHILD PROTECTION POLICY AND PROCEDURES


CONTACT DETAILS FOR REFERRAL OR ADVICE


Local authority


Triage Customer Advisor

Triage Team

Skirsgill Depot

Skirsgill Lane

Eamont Bridge

Penrith

Cumbria

CA10 2BQ


Tel: 0333 2401727

Fax: 01228 22157

Email: countytriage.fax@cumbria.gov.uk



The LADO (local authority designated officer for dealing with allegations against staff):


Contact Multi-Agency Business Support Team who will take your details and ensure a LADO returns your call:

Phone 01768 812267

Or you can email lado@cumbria.gov.uk

LADO working hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.  


School


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection is: Sarah Powell, Headteacher.  


The deputy DSL is to be confirmed.


Our Child Protection Governor is: Mrs Pam Anderson

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY


Introduction


1) The aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote our pupils’ welfare, by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. Our pupils’ welfare is of paramount importance.


2) The school has compiled this document with due regard to the statutory guidance, Working Together To Safeguard Children (DfE 2013) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2014)


School Commitment


1) We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult help all children, and especially those at risk of, or suffering from, abuse.


2) Our school will therefore:


a) Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. We will be alert to our children’s needs and learn to recognise when they might be distressed or concerned;

b) Ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty. We will ensure that every child in our school has at least one member of staff who they might feel able to share concerns with;

c) Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities through PSHE/Citizenship, which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe and develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life;

d) Follow Cumbria’s published local protocol for assessment to ensure the provision of early help as set out in statutory guidance, including using the Common Assessment Framework where appropriate.

e) Ensure that wherever possible every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.


Working together with other agencies


1) The school will work closely with the LA in ensuring that concerns are recorded and reported, referring formally where appropriate so that support can be provided in a proportionate timely way to the child/young person and the family.


2) The school recognises that the responsibilities of the LA in protecting children and young people include:


a) supporting and advising schools on safeguarding and child protection issues;

b) evaluating referrals of concern for children, using the multi-agency ‘wedge’ threshold guidance on the LSCB website and,

c) in partnership with other agencies, providing or ensuring the provision of services to children and their families at the following levels:

i) early help or early intervention

ii) targeted intervention for children in need where there are more complex needs and where statutory Children Services assessment and help is provided under section 17 of the Children Act 1989

iii) Child protection intervention following section 47 statutory Children Services assessment of risks of significant harm.


Roles and Responsibilities


1) All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  There are, however, key people within schools and the LA who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures.  The names of those carrying these responsibilities for the current year are listed on the cover of this document.


2) The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection is Sarah Powell, Headteacher.  She will coordinate child protection activity, ensuring procedures are followed, that information is shared or kept confidential as appropriate, and that the child remains the central focus. In her absence the deputy who will undertake this role is to be confirmed.


3) The DSL also takes responsibility for reporting children missing from education to the local authority’s Children’s Services.


4) The Governing Body ensures that


a) procedures are in place that are in accordance with local authority and locally agreed inter-agency guidance;

b) their implementation is monitored for their effectiveness and that they are reviewed at least annually.

c) The procedures include the management of allegations against people who work with children, safe recruitment practice and reporting children missing from education.


Training and Support


1) Our school will ensure that all staff will have access to training, which is relevant and appropriate to their role.  This will include training in procedures to follow, signs to note and appropriate record keeping.  Refresher training will be available every three years for all staff, but bi-annually for designated staff.    


d) All staff in our school will be trained to recognise and respond to situations where a child may be considered to be at risk.

e) At any time a member of staff may consult with the DSL, the Head Teacher, or in her absence, the Senior Teacher in charge on any child protection issue.

f) We will ensure our staff are kept informed about child protection procedures via our briefings and training sessions.

g) We will ensure by signposting in our reception area that other adults in school know what to do if there are child protection concerns.

h) We will inform parents of the school’s duties and responsibilities for child protection by incorporating a statement into our school prospectus and on our website.


2) We have access to the Cumbria LSCB Safeguarding Procedures electronically and we retain copies of Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2014) and What to Do if You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused in our school office.


3) We have a supporting e-Safety Policy, also available in our school office.


4) Our policy on maintaining confidentiality and sharing information is as follows:


a) Only those members of our staff who “need to know” so as to contribute to the protection of a child will be advised of concerns and action taken.

b) Parents, governors and every adult working in, or associated with, the school will be advised of our approach to confidentiality and information sharing.

c) Staff (including volunteers) must never guarantee confidentiality to a child: it might be necessary to tell someone else in order to safeguard the child.  A child who asks the adult to keep a secret should be advised that the information may need to be shared with others.

d) Normally, personal information will only be disclosed to third parties (including other agencies) with the consent of the subject of that information (Data Protection Act 1998, European Convention on Human Rights, Article 8).  Wherever possible, consent will be obtained before sharing personal information with third parties.

e) In some circumstances, obtaining consent may not be possible or in the best interest of the child.  The safety and welfare of that child might necessitate that the information should be shared without informing or obtaining the consent of a parent.  The law permits the disclosure of confidential information necessary to safeguard a child or children.  Disclosure should be justifiable in each case, according to the particular facts of the case, and advice should be sought if in doubt.

f) If parents and/or the child do not consent to an early help assessment, then the DSL should make a judgement as to whether, without help, the needs of the child will escalate. If so, a referral into local authority children’s social care may be necessary


Records and Monitoring


1) Well-kept records are essential to good child protection practice.  Concerns about welfare or behaviour must be recorded.

2) All such notes, minutes, referrals, and records are kept separate to the child’s main school file in a locked cupboard.

3) If a child transfers or leaves, the notes should be passed from our DSL direct to the receiving school’s DSL.


Attendance at Child Protection Conferences


1) A Child Protection Conference is a multi-agency meeting called to consider the child’s need for a Child Protection Plan.

2) The Chair of the Conference extends an invitation to the school rather than a named person.  The person who best knows the child and can contribute to the Conference will normally attend from our school.

3) We will include training and support to staff who attend conferences and prepare reports in our regular training events.


Supporting Pupils at Risk


1) Our school recognises that children who are abused or who witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way.  This school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk.  Whilst at school, their behaviour may still be challenging and defiant and there may even be moves to consider exclusion from school.

2) It is also recognised that some children who have experienced abuse may in turn abuse others.  This requires a considered, sensitive approach in order that the child can receive appropriate help and support’

3) This school will endeavour to support such pupils through:

a) the curriculum, to encourage self-esteem and self-motivation

b) the school ethos, which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and which gives all pupils and adults a sense of being respected and valued

c) the consistent implementation of our behaviour management policies

d) regular liaison with other professionals and agencies who support the pupils and their families

e) a commitment to develop productive, supportive relationships with parents

f) the development and support of a responsive and knowledgeable staff team, trained to respond appropriately in child protection situations


4) This policy should be read in conjunction with other related policies in school.  These include



Safe Schools, Safe Staff


1) As a school we recognise that organisational, personal or professional difficulties can get in the way of protecting children (for example fear that we might compromise relationships with parents). We know however that children’s needs are paramount.

2) We recognise that physical contact with pupils is sometimes part of our role “in loco parentis” but will avoid contact that might be misinterpreted.

3) If our staff are working in a one-to-one situation with a pupil, they should be careful to ensure another adult is close by.

4) Teachers are not counsellors. School staff should not be counselling and/or giving advice to children/young people about sexual matters, except where this is part of the school’s agreed Sex and Relationships Education policy.

5) We follow the LA’s recommended best practice in order to recruit and select safe staff.

6) We follow current procedures when staff are faced with allegations of abuse.

CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURES


We will follow the procedures set out below where it is believed that a child is either:

a) suffering from, or is at risk of, significant harm or

b) has needs that cannot be met and we believe co-ordinated intervention is required


The prime concern at all stages must be the interests and safety of the child. Where there is a conflict of interests between the child and parent, or the child and other adults, the interests of the child must be paramount.

These procedures should be read in conjunction with the flow chart (Annex 2).


Dealing with emerging concerns


1) If any member of staff is concerned about a child, he or she must inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

2) All staff and volunteers should be concerned about a child if he/she presents with indicators of possible significant harm.  Generally, in an abusive relationship the child may:


Appear frightened of the parent/s or other household members e.g. siblings or others outside of the home

Act in a way that is inappropriate to her/his age and development (full account needs to be taken of different patterns of development and different ethnic groups)

Display insufficient sense of ‘boundaries’, lack stranger awareness

Appear wary of adults and display ‘frozen watchfulness’


Dealing with a disclosure


1) If a child discloses any kind of abuse, the teacher/member of staff, should only seek initial clarification from the child – tact and sympathy is vital.  Under no circumstances should any member of staff attempt to obtain further information or to investigate what the child is saying. (see Annex 3 for further guidance).

2) The member of staff must refer the concerns, together with copies of any notes or records made, to the DSL.  It is the duty of the DSL to inform the local Children’s Services of concerns about a child.

3) If the senior designated person does not do this and the teacher who had made the initial referral remains concerned, then they need to exercise their own judgement and make the referral themselves.

4) When making a referral the DSL will complete the Single Contact Form (to be found on the school intranet). The member of staff who first referred the concerns to the DSL must keep a log of the incident, to include:-

5) The request for co-ordinated support services for a family should always be discussed with parents unless to do so would place the child or others at risk of harm.


6) Where, following an early help assessment by the school staff or other involved agencies of a situation, it is considered immediate protective action is required, the DSL will make a referral.  This referral will be by telephone to Children’s Services, Child & Family Care Triage Team, followed up in writing for confirmation.  The DSL should then forward the Single Contact form to the Triage Team.

7) Blank forms for recording concerns, logging incidents and making formal referrals can be found in the school office and completed records must be stored securely in the filing cabinet in the office.


Dealing with a disagreement over referral outcomes


1) Where the school believes that insufficient action has been taken with regard to a concern raised about a child, the DSL will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) conflict resolution protocol.

2) Briefly, this means that there should initially be a discussion between the DSL and the relevant social worker.

3) If the point of disagreement cannot be resolved at the practitioner level, then the issue is to be discussed and resolved between the Head Teacher and the relevant Children’s Social Care Team Manager.

4) Should the issue remain unresolved, the Head Teacher should refer the matter to the relevant Service Manager, Social Care whose role is to ensure county wide standards are being applied.

5) The formal stage of the conflict resolution protocol can only occur after the early stages have been exhausted.  The full procedures can be accessed via at www.cumbrialscb.com


Procedures to follow if an allegation is made against a member of staff.


1) An allegation against a member of staff is potentially extremely serious – for the child, staff member and school. The school has adopted a separate procedure for dealing with such allegations.  Briefly, the Head Teacher (or Chair of Governors if the allegation is against the Head Teacher) will immediately contact the LA Designated Officer (LADO) who will advise on actions to be taken.  (See front page for LADO contact details.)


Support


1) Dealing with a disclosure from a child, and safeguarding issues can be stressful.  The member of staff/volunteer should, therefore, consider seeking support for him/herself and discuss this with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.



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