Safeguarding Policy

Reviewed October 2017
Next review October 2018

Designated safeguard lead: Diane Anderson

Policy on Safeguarding

THIS POLICY MUST BE READ IN CONJUCTION WITH KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION PART 1 – SEPTEMBER 2016

Principle

The Teachers’ standards 2012 state that teachers, including Headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties.

FreshSteps fully recognises its responsibilities towards safeguarding children and that we ALL have an active role in protecting our students from harm and that promoting the welfare of all our students. All staff should have a child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding. FreshSteps recognises the need to follow DFE guidelines for keeping children safe in Education 2016 (KCSIE) and for the Headteacher or/ and for the Lead Safeguarding Officer ensure that ALL STAFF read Part 1 AND Appendix A ‘Further information’ of the guidance. School leaders should ensure that mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand how to discharge their roles and responsibilities as set out in part 1 of the guidance. Designated officers to keep self and staff up-dated with regards to all child protection/safeguarding legislations including PREVENT ‘the prevent Guidance (para 57-76). The designated safeguarding lead will also undertake Prevent awareness training and provide advice and support to other members of staff and keep staff updated with any new changes on all safeguarding matters via e-mail, staff meetings or whichever method is appropriate. ALL staff will receive child protection training on Induction and annually which will include protecting students from the risk of radicalisation and understand when it is appropriate to make a referral to the Channel programme.

We recognise that we may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk, and so we will endeavour to maintain an environment where students can feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. We aim to ensure that students can be supported through a school-wide ethos that promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and values students’ independence, feelings and individuality.

Purpose

  1. To ensure clarity of whole school systems and procedures to support and monitor students’ who have a Child Protection Plan.
  2. To ensure clarity of whole school systems and procedures to support identified students who are causing concern.
  3. To ensure all staff understand the role of the DSL
  4. To ensure all staff and volunteers (including temporary and supply) understand their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding so that we can provide a safe and secure environment for our students.
  5. To ensure all staff should identify students who may benefit from ‘early help’.
  6. To ensure that all staff are aware of the process for making referrals to children’s social care.
  7. All staff to understand Actions where there are concerns about a child (pg 9 of KCSIE) also found in office on wall.
  8. To ensure all members of staff receive FreshSteps Employee/staff safeguarding handbook which includes part 1 of Keeping children safe in education document Sept 2016.
  9. To support provision of an alternative curriculum so that students can continue to learn and develop academically, socially, behaviourally and emotionally.
  10. To ensure staff familiarise themselves with other safeguarding issues such as ‘honour based’ violence and forced marriages.

 

Accordingly FreshSteps will:

  • Ensure that designated senior leaders who are responsible for safeguarding/child protection that they receive appropriate training every 2 years, given sufficient time, funding, supervision and support for the role; and keep up-to-date with safeguarding developments annually.
  • Ensure that all staff receive requisite training annually, to support awareness of indicators of different forms of abuse and how to respond appropriately to students who make allegations of abuse.
  • Inform the local authority if any student fails to attend school regularly, or has been absent for more than 10 days without the school permission.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of the potential signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and be aware that this may not always result in external signs.
  • Train all staff on female genital Mutilation (FGM) and out mandatory reporting duty Section 5B of the female genital Mutilation Act 2003 to report to the police signs or disclosures by the victim.
  • Refer cases of suspected abuse to the Children and Young People’s Service and/or the police whilst offering support and advice to students and staff.
  • Ensure all students are placed on the admissions and attendance register.
  • Follow up referrals to ensure that the referral is being dealt with.
  • Pass on to agencies any subsequent information relevant to the referral as and when this becomes available.
  • Keep secure, confidential and accurate records of students on the child protection register and of referrals made.
  • Recognise and ensure that all matters relating to child protection remain confidential.
  • Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school for child protection.
  • Develop effective partnerships with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with all enquiries regarding child protection.
  • Investigate allegations made against any member of staff or volunteer in line with the LSCB
  • Ensure that all staff are able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practices in relation to child protection and that these are addressed effectively, while creating an ethos where staff feel able to raise concerns and feel supported.
  • Ensure safer recruitment practices are always followed including when to obtain DBS checks and re-checks. Include in the curriculum opportunities which will equip students with the skills they need to stay safe and adopt safe practices.
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  • Refer to the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) if an individual is removed from a post because they pose a risk of harm to children.
  • Proprietors/Headteacher should ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place’ taking pro-active steps to monitoring internet use for our vulnerable pupils.
  • In relation to Paragraph 69 we are reminded to be careful that ‘over blocking’ does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding’.
  • Through ICT, PSHE lessons and Reflection time pupils will be taught about safeguarding, including online safety as part of our alternative curriculum.

 

Specific safeguarding issues

 PEER on PEER ABUSE

All staff should have an awareness of safeguarding issues. Staff should be aware that behaviours linked to the likes of drug taking, alcohol abuse, truanting and sexting put children in danger.

All staff should be aware that safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer abuse. This is most likely to include bullying, (including cyberbullying), gender based violence/sexual assaults and sexting.

All staff should be aware that abuse is abuse and should never be tolerated or passed off as ‘banter’ or ‘part of growing up’

Victims of peer on peer abuse will be supported by understanding that all staff will follow up any concerns reported, that abusers will face consequences for their actions, will have a place/or and a person they can go to and talk to understand it is not their fault. All staff to follow the behaviour code of conduct.

Evaluation

  1. The designated senior leaders will work with other member of staff to ensure the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures are reviewed and updated annually in line with Local Safeguarding Children Boards guideline
  2. Trends in child protection referrals and concerns will be investigated on a regular basis.
  3. Outcomes and evaluations from training sessions will inform termly updates of a programme of Continuous Professional Development.

 

Links with other policies

Behaviour and Attendance policy;

Anti-bullying policy;

Drugs Education Policy

E-safety policy

Allegations against staff policy

 

Terminology                                                                                      APPENDIX 1

Significant Harm

      • This concept was introduced by the Children Act 1989 as the threshold for intervention in family life for the protection of children. There are no absolute criteria on which to rely.

It is necessary to consider:

      • The severity of ill treatment
      • The degree and extent of physical harm
      • The duration and frequency of abuse and neglect
      • The extent of pre-meditation and the degree of threat and coercion

Categories of Abuse

      • Physical
      • Sexual
      • Emotional
      • Neglect

Physical Abuse

May involve:

      • Hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, Suffocating
      • Otherwise causing physical harm to a child

Sexual Abuse

May involve:

      • Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware.
      • Physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts
      • Non-physical contact, e.g. looking at or involvement in making pornographic material, watching sexual activity, encouraging to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

 Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on a child’s emotional development. It can be present in all types of ill-treatment, but may occur alone.

It may involve:

      • Conveying to children they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or not valued
      • Age or developmentally inappropriate expectations.
      • Causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger
      • Exploitation or corruption

 Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

It may involve:

      • Failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing
      • Failing to protect a child from physical harm or danger
      • Failing to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment
      • Neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.


Dealing with a Disclosure                                                               APPENDIX 2

 

Receive:

      • Listen to the child.
      • If you are shocked by what they tell you try not to show it, take what they say seriously.
      • Children rarely lie about abuse and to be disbelieved adds to the traumatic nature of disclosing

Reassure:

      • Stay calm and reassure the child that they have done the right thing in talking to you. It’s essential to be honest with the child.
      • Don’t promise confidentiality: you have a duty to refer a child who is at risk
      • Acknowledge how hard it must have been for the child to tell you what happened
      • Empathise with the child – don’t tell them what they should be feeling

React:

      • Do not ask leading questions
      • Do not criticise the perpetrator
      • Do not ask the pupil to repeat anything to another member of staff
      • Explain what you have to do next and to whom you have to talk

Record:

      • Make some very brief notes if you can and write them up as soon as possible
      • Do not take any form of statement from the child
      • Record the date, time, place and noticeable non-verbal behaviour and the words used by the child. If the child uses their families own private sexual words record them the actual words, not your interpretation.
      • Draw a diagram to indicate the position of any bruising

Every Child Matters

5 Target Outcomes:

      • Being healthy
        • Enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle
      • Staying safe
        • Being protected from harm and neglect
      • Enjoying & Achieving
        • Getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood
      • Making a positive contribution
        • Being involved within the community and not engaging in anti-social / offending behaviour
      • Economic Well-being
        • Not being prevented by economic disadvantage from achieving their full potential in life

 

Further statutory guidance can be found in Keeping children safe in education Part 1:
September 2016

NSPCC whistle blowing helpline is available for staff who do not feel they can report internal issues in allegation of abuse against staff.
0800 028 0285

Ofsted whistle blowing helpline: 0300 123 3155

Enfield Safeguarding Board: 0208 379 2767, Out of Hours: 0208 379 1000

Enfield LADO Maria Anastasi 02083792746/2850