Safeguarding Children Policy
Use/follow Statutory Guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’
Pay due care to Prevent Guidance
At Prestwich Preparatory School we aim to promote and safeguard the health and welfare of the children in our care. In order to do this we:
- Acknowledge that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
- Ensure staff receive appropriate safeguarding training, making them aware of the different types of abuse and neglect and possible signs to look for.
- Give them knowledge of what to do if they have concerns regarding a child.
- Use a child centred approach putting the best interests of the child first.
- Acknowledge that abuse can be peer to peer it doesn’t necessarily have to involve an adult.
- Recognise that abuse can take many forms and take in to account use of mobile phones and social media.
- Adopt an ‘it can happen here’ approach to safeguarding issues.
- Have an appointed member of staff to take the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead – Miss Shiels.
- Aim to work with other agencies to safeguard children – this may involve sharing relevant information, attending meetings and following up any actions that may be identified on a child protection plan.
- Will carry out relevant checks on the people who come into contact with the children in school ensuring they are suitable.
- Will ensure children are taught about online safety including tips on keeping safe online as well as what to do if they have any concerns about something they see, hear or encounter online.
Aims and objectives
We strive to educate all of our pupils within an environment where they feel safe, confident and secure. The overall aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in our care (in situations where child abuse is suspected our paramount responsibility is with the child) This will be achieved by
- continuing to develop awareness in all the staff of the need for Child Protection and their responsibilities in identifying abuse
- ensure that all the staff are aware of referral procedures within the setting
- monitor children who have been identified as ‘at risk’
- ensure that outside agencies are involved were appropriate
- creating an environment where children feel secure, have their viewpoints valued, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
- Any member of staff with an issue of concern relating to Child Protection (it should be made clear to students that CONFIDENTIALITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED IN RESPECT OF CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES) should immediately discuss it with a senior member of staff who will inform the designated teacher. Allegations of child abuse must always be given the highest priority and referred immediately to the Head teacher.
- The Head teacher will then decide on the appropriate course of action (based on current SCB guidelines).
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0161 253 5678 Out of hours: 0161 253 6066
- Information for parents/carers will be published in the policy folder telling them that staff are required to follow the procedures laid down by the SCB.
- Allegations against school staff. Staff must protect themselves especially when meeting on a one to one basis with students and should bear in mind that even perfectly innocent actions may be misconstrued. Staff who hear an allegation of abuse against another member of staff should report the matter immediately to the Head teacher so that SCB procedures can be followed. If the allegation is against the head teacher it should be taken directly to another member of the senior management team. They will then follow the statutory guidelines to ensure appropriate action is taken. Any allegation must be reported to the Local Authority.
Designated officer (LADO): Mark Gay 0161 253 5342 Ofsted: 0300 123 4666
Dealing with Disclosure of abuse
If a child chooses to tell a member of staff about possible abuse there are a number of things that should be done to support the child.
- Stay calm and be available to listen
- Listen with the utmost care to what he child is saying
- Don’t put words into the child’s mouth but note the main points carefully
- Keep a full record – date, time, what the child did, said etc.
- Reassure the child and let them know they were right to inform
- Inform the child that this information will have to be passed on
- Immediately inform the head teacher
Monitoring and Record Keeping
It is essential that accurate records be kept where there are concerns about the welfare of a child. These records should be kept in a secure, confidential file separate from the child’s school records. It is important to recognise that regulations published in 1989 do not authorise or require the disclosure to parents of any written information relating to Child Protection, although the preferred practice is for parents to be informed of and agree to any referral being made (unless it relates to sexual abuse or child in immediate danger).
Staff must keep the head teacher informed of
- Poor attendance and punctuality
- Concerns about appearance or dress
- Changed or unusual behaviour
- Concerns about health and emotional well being
- Deterioration in educational progress
- Discussions with parents about their concerns relating to their child
- Concerns about home conditions or situations
- Concerns about pupil on pupil abuse (bullying)
When there is suspicion of significant harm to a child and a referral is made as much information as possible should be given about the nature of the suspicions, the child and family. Use of previous records (if available) may prove to be particularly useful in this respect.
Reports may be needed for the Child Protection Case Conferences or the criminal/civil courts. Consequently records and reports should be
- Factual (no opinions)
- Non-judgemental (no assumptions)
The Role of the Designated Teacher
- To ensure that all staff know the designated teacher responsible for Child Protection issues.
- To refer promptly all cases of suspected child abuse to the local social services department or the police child protection team. Unless it involves sexual abuse or imminent danger to the child parents must be informed of any referrals.
- To maintain and update as necessary the Child Protection Monitoring List.
- To organise regular training in child protection within the setting
- To ensure that all staff know about and have awareness of SC guidelines
- To co-ordinate action where child abuse is suspected
- To facilitate and support the development of a whole school policy on Child Protection
- To attend case conferences or nominate an appropriate member of staff to attend on his/her behalf
- Maintain records of case conferences and other sensitive information in a secure confidential file and to disseminate information about the child only on a ‘need to know basis’
- To pass on records and inform the key worker who is on the Child Protection Register leaves the nursery. The custodian of the register must also be informed.
- To raise staff awareness and confidence on child protection procedures and ensure new staff are aware of these procedures.
- To keep up to date with current practice by participating in training opportunities wherever possible.
Recruitment of staff
Our recruitment process aims to ensure we deter, reject or identify people unsuited to work with young children. As such it is essential that our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is shared by all staff and volunteers. Before appointing a member of staff we check identification, obtain professional and character references, hold interviews and carry out enhanced disclosures via the DBS. If a member of staff is appointed while awaiting a disclosure they will not be allowed unsupervised access to children and their employment will be conditional of a satisfactory disclosure. Once appointed staff will be given a copy of all policies including safeguarding policy as part of their induction. Staff will also be expected to attend training on such matters some of which may be in house others with the local early years or LSCB.
Staff who have attended Safeguarding Training:
- Shiels A. Wadsworth H. Marshall A. Kearney A. Hunt K. Valentine R. Foster E. Buckley
- Small V. Yarwood A. Padina J. Pearce E. Brady C. Atkin M. Bromley C. Buckley
Prestwich Prep School – Miss P Shiels (Designated Person)
Friesner Nurseries – Miss V Yarwood (Designated Person)