St George’s Church of England School Child Protection Policy
Whilst the prime focus of St George’s Church of England School is to secure the best educational provision for the child, the school recognises that the safety, welfare and care of the children is paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care at all times.
We will ensure that arrangements are in place for:
- All reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare;
- All appropriate actions to be taken to address the concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies;
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff of St. George’s will often ,by virtue of their day to day contact and knowledge of the children, be well placed to identify such abuse and offer support to children in need.
In order to protect our children, we aim to:
- Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel safe, valued and listened to
- Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
- Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
- Monitor and support children at risk
- Use the curriculum to raise children’s awareness, build confidence and skills
- Work closely with parents/carers and support external agencies
- Ensure that all adults within our school who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability
St George’s Church of England School will support all children by:
- Encouraging self-esteem and appropriate self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within school
- Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safe guarding of children
- Notifying Social care Services via approved mechanisms as soon as there is a significant concern
- Providing continuing support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leave the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the child’s new school
The following are designated Personnel for St George’s school
Designated Senior Person for Child Protection ~ Jan EDWARDS
Designated Second Person for Child Protection ~ Bruce WARLAND
Designated third Person for Child Protection ~ Victoria SARGENT
Head Teacher ~ Jan EDWARDS
Chair of Governing Body ~ Rowland HOPKINS
Nominated Governor ~ Maggi CULLS
The role of all staff and other persons within school
All staff have a duty to safeguard children. This policy outlines how staff can meet this duty and their need to be:-
- Trained and aware of potential indicators of abuse
- Open to hearing concerns of children and others without seeking to investigate these concerns
- Informed on how to report any concerns to their Designated Senior Persons for Child Protection
- Informed on how to report any concerns relating to staff to their Head Teacher
- Informed on how to report any concerns relating to their Head Teacher
Listening to children
At St George’s school we will:
Create the opportunity and environment for children to be able to talk about their concerns
- Report on as soon as you have a concern
- On a ‘Concern/Incidents report form’ record information verbatim using the actual words of the child and noting any questions the child raises
- Note dates, times, who was present, positions in the room, any thing factual about the child’s appearance
- Pass these forms on to the DSP
- If possible use a silent witness.
- Ask leading questions.
- Ask the child to write down their own account
- Investigate with, or without, others
- Take photographs of marks
- Attempt any medical judgement
- Arrange a medical examination
- Tape/video record an interview
- Ask a child to remove any clothing. Staff should always be aware of their own vulnerability at this point and should take steps to minimise the risk to themselves whilst supporting the child.
We recognise that all matters relating to Child Protection are confidential. The Head Teacher or DSP will disclose information about a pupil to other members of staff on a need to know basis only.
We recognise that staff working in St George’s School who have become involved with a child who has suffered harm, or appears to be likely to suffer harm may find the situation stressful and upsetting.
We will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with the Designated Senior Person and seek further support as appropriate.
All staff are able to access confidential support and counselling through for example Birmingham City Council Staff Careline or Teacher Support Network.
The Role of the DSP
The Designated Senior Person is responsible for:
Adhering to the Birmingham BSCB, education and school procedures with regard to referring a child if there are concerns about possible abuse
Keeping written records of all concerns about a child even if there appears to be no need to make an immediate referral
Ensuring that all such records are kept confidentially and securely and are separate from child records
Ensuring that an indication of further record-keeping is marked on the child records
Liaison and joint working with Social Care Services
Reporting Procedures (see appendices)
All concerns must be passed to the DSP who will seek advice/ make a judgement as to whether a referral to Social care Services or the need for any other action is to be taken
If a disclosure is made or a member of staff has reason to believe abuse has occurred a concerns/incident report form (available in every classroom or from the office) should be completed as soon as possible and passed to the DSP. Any original notes should be signed, dated and securely attached to the incident report form. All staff must be aware of the high confidentiality of notes and individual staff members should pass all notes and records onto the DSP.
Upon submitting an incident form the member of staff and the DSP should catalogue the form, sign and date the incident book in order to prove the procedure has been followed.
All child protection allegations relating to staff must be reported directly to the Head Teacher without informing the subject of the concern/allegation.
The full evidence will be made available to the member of staff subject of the allegation as soon as is agreed appropriate within the ongoing needs of any investigation by the Police, Social Care Services, or by any disciplinary process.
In some cases it may be necessary for the staff member to be suspended whilst an investigation is carried out. It must be recognised that any decision to suspend a member of staff is without prejudice and on full pay, and is not an indication of any proof or any guilt. Advice should always be taken from the Employee Relations team in this respect.
Any complaint or concern of a child protection nature received by any person and relating to the Head Teacher must be passed in confidence to the Education Services Lead Officer who will give advice and support including making contact with the Chair of Governors.
All staff need to be aware of their vulnerability to allegations and must address their practice accordingly. All staff must adhere to the school policies and guidance in respect of safe conduct.
Children cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where staff fail to do so. All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues.
Schools responsible for children in receipt of a managed care placement will also have a duty to inform CSCI, in cases of child protection concerns.
Heads responsible for children in receipt of a managed care placement will also have a duty to inform CSCI.
The school adheres to the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) and the Birmingham Education Services Child Protection Procedures. Copies of these are kept by the Head Teacher and must be the subject of training and must be available to all staff and governors.
The Head Teacher will identify a Designated Senior Person (DSP) for Child Protection co-ordination in the school. The Head will identify clearly who will deputise in the absence of the DSP and ensure that any such deputy is appropriately trained.
The DSP will ensure the following reporting and recording procedures are maintained:
Incident report or concern form (catalogued and cross referenced to the incident book)
Incident book (hard bound, containing consecutive numbers of report forms, name of child, date of birth, nature of item, name, signature and date of DSP receiving the report)
Child school records
The Governing Body will receive annually a report on developments in Child Protection policy and procedures, training undertaken by the DSP, other staff and the Governing Body, the number of cases referred (without details) and the place of child protection in the curriculum.
Parents and Carers
Parents and carers will be made aware of the school policy through published information and in initial meetings with parents and carers of new children. Parents and carers will be informed that in certain circumstances there may be a need to contact other agencies without first notifying them. This decision will be made in partnership between Education Services and Social Care Services. It will be made clear that this is a legal obligation and not a personal decision.
A copy of this policy is available to all parents, carers and children on request.
Teaching and Learning
The curriculum will be used to raise children’s awareness and build confidence so that they have a range of strategies to support their own protection and understanding of protecting others.
The school will promote child support services through assembly and display of contact information, e.g. Childline, Connexions, Birmingham Sign Posting Service.
All members of staff will receive training on child protection procedures and will receive updates and refreshers every 3 years. It is also strongly recommended that the Governing Body also receives this training.
All members of staff will study the modules and undertake and pass the school’s online Safeguarding and Child Protection examination.
The DSP and Head will be provided with Education Services core training in order to carry out their role and will attend refresher training every 2 years.
Child Protection training will be clearly cross referenced and supplemented by other areas of staff training including appropriate touch, care and control (including safe restraint), behaviour management and risk assessment.
A record of training will be maintained by the DSP.
There may be times when adults, in the course of their school duties, feel physically intervention is required in order to restrain children and prevent them from coming to harm. Physical restraint should be avoided. In situations where children are putting themselves or others at risk adults should send for assistance using the red hand. Such intervention should only be made by the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher or Senior Members of staff and will always be the minimum necessary to resolve the situation. We follow the guidance given in the DfES circular 10/98 on The Use of Force to Control or Restrain Pupils. The Head Teacher will require the adult(s) involved in any such incident to report the matter immediately, and to record it.
Visitors and Volunteers
A summary of the school procedure and the name of the DSP should be displayed for the information for the information of visitors to the school.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the staff at school and the Governing Body.
This policy was adopted by the Governing Body of St George’s Church of England Primary School