All adults working in, or on behalf of the school have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes:
- Responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
- To identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.
- All staff have a responsibility to take appropriate action, working with services as needed.
Staff induction will include our vision, aspirations and expectation of all staff as well as what is considered acceptable and what is not. They will also receive information about systems within the school which support safeguarding.
This includes the child protection/safeguarding policy, staff behaviour policy (code of conduct), the role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and the name of the designated governor.
All staff will:
- Receive a paper/electronic copy of, read and sign to say that they have read and understood Keeping Children Safe in Education: for school and college staff (part 1) (2016).
- Receive safeguarding training which is regularly updated as well as online safety training so they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to keep children safe.
- Receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates at least annually via email, e-bulletins, Lancashire's 7 minute briefings and staff meetings to help provide them with an awareness of safeguarding issues (including FGM, ‘honour based’ violence, forced marriage and radicalisation/extremism), relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
- Be aware of;
- the early help process and understand their role in it;
- the process for making referral to Children’s Social Care and for statutory assessments that may follow this and the role they may play in such assessments.
- Know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected and how to share information appropriately.
- be aware that safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer abuse and be clear about the school policy on peer on peer abuse
We will engender the principle that safeguarding is 'everyone's responsibility'.
All staff and volunteers should raise any concerns they have about poor or unsafe practice and potential failures in the school safeguarding regime. These concerns will be taken by the senior leadership team. See the school Whistleblowing Procedures for how such concerns can be raised with the school senior leadership team and the other whistleblowing channels open to staff.
Roles and Responsibilities of Governors
The Governing Body has the responsibility to ensure that the school complies with safeguarding duties under legislation and will identify a senior board level lead to take leadership responsibility for the establishment's safeguarding arrangements. Safeguarding is a standing item at all governing body meetings.
The Governing Body will ensure that:
- The school contributes to inter-agency working in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) by:
- Providing a co-ordinated offer of early help when low level or emerging needs of children are identified;
- Contributing to inter-agency support to children subject to child in need or child protection plans; and
- Allowing access for Children’s Social Care to conduct or consider conducting an assessment.
- The importance of information sharing between professionals and local agencies is recognised as a key in promoting the welfare and protecting the safety of children.
- The school’s safeguarding arrangements take into account procedures and practice of the local authority as part of the inter-agenct safeguarding procedures set up by Lancashire Safeguarding Children Boards’ (DSCBs’). This includes co-operation between partner agencies and providing information to the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board allow it to perform its functions.
- The Chair of the Governing body will liaise with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (also known as Designated Officer) and partner agencies in event of any allegations of abuse made against the head teacher.
- There is an effective child protection policy which is consistent with Lancashire Safeguarding Children procedures, along with a staff behaviour policy (code of conduct). This will be provided to all staff on induction, will be updated annually and available on the school website.
- All policies and procedures adopted by governing bodies, particularly concerning referrals of suspected abuse and neglect, are followed by staff.
- A member of the Senior Leadership Team is appointed to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL); this will be explicit in the role holder’s job description, have the appropriate authority and given time, funding, training, resources and support to fulfil their role effectively. A Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead will also be appointed in the same way and can be delegated the activities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead; however the lead responsibility for safeguarding remains with the DSL.
- .All staff members undergo safeguarding and child protection training at induction.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and their deputy will undergo training at a minimum every two years and their knowledge and skills updated at least annually to keep up-to-date with developments relevant to their role.
- The Headteacher and other staff will undergo child protection training regularly and will receive safeguarding and child protection updates at least annually to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
- Staff training will be consistent with the Derby Safeguarding Children Board guidance Training Pathways for Education Provider’s.
- There is a whole school approach to online safety. This includes a policy on the use of mobile technology in the school, appropriate filters and monitoring systems to ensure children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate material online as well as online safety training for staff.
- Ensure that children are taught about safeguarding, including on-line, through teaching, learning opportunities and tutorials.
- People who pose a risk of harm are prevented from working with children by:
- Adhering to statutory responsibilities to check staff working with children, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for checks beyond what is required and ensuring volunteers are appropriately supervised.
- Having a written recruitment and selection policies and procedures in place.
- The presence of at least one person on any appointment panel who has undertaken safer recruitment training.
- There are procedures in place to handle allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers and that such allegations are referred to the Local Authority Designated officer (LADO)/Designed Officer at the local authority and that procedures are in place to make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) when the criteria has been met. There are also procedures in place to handle allegations against other children.
- There are systems in place for children to express their views and feedback. Staff will not agree confidentiality and will always act in the best interests of the child.
- A Designated Teacher will be appointed to promote the education achievement of children who are looked after who has appropriate training. Staff will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to keeping looked after children safe.
- There are appropriate safeguarding responses to children who go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions.
- Any deficiencies or weaknesses in regard to safeguarding arrangements that are brought to their attention are addressed without delay.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Headteacher
The Headteacher will ensure that:
- The policies and procedures adopted by the Governing Body are fully implemented and followed by all staff.
- Sufficient time and resources are allocated to enable the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and other staff to discharge their responsibilities, including recording and monitoring safeguarding activities, taking part in strategy discussions, other inter-agency meetings and contributing to the assessment of children.
- All staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice with regard to children, and concerns are addressed sensitively and effectively in a timely manner.
- The child's safety and welfare is addressed through the curriculum.
- Education Welfare Staff and Social Workers are informed immediately when a child who is looked after or subject to a child in need plan or a protection plan goes missing
- They undertake appropriate training to carry out their safeguarding responsibilities effectively and keep this up-to-date.
The Roles and Responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is a senior member of staff who co-ordinates the schools safeguarding and child protection arrangements by providing advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters, to take part in strategy meetings and inter-agency meetings – and /or to support other staff to do so - and to contribute to the assessment of children.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) liaises with the local authority and works with other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015). Where there are serious/complex needs or child protection concerns, this includes referrals to Children’s Social Care. In exceptional circumstances, i.e. in an emergency or concern that appropriate action hasn’t been taken, staff members can speak directly to Children’s Social Care.
The school also has a deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to cover for when the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is not available; the lead responsibility however remains with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
During term time the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and / or a deputy will be available during school hours for staff in the school to discuss safeguarding concerns. Adequate and appropriate cover arrangements will be made for any out of hours/out of terms activities.
Roles and Responsibilities of other School Staff
If staff have any concerns including emerging needs, complex/serious needs or child protection concerns they must be discussed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to agree a course of action.
If staff members are unsure they should always speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to clarify the situation and agree if any action is needed. Staff have a responsibility to record all concerns (using the school concerns form) and forward this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or their deputy. All staff will work with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and where appropriate support Social Workers to take decisions about individual children.
All staff, including volunteers and temporary staff must have an understanding of how the school safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, including the school child protection policy, their role and responsibilities in this and how to report any concerns.
Named School staff with specific safeguarding responsibilities
- Name of Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr. Mark Dixon Headteacher
- Name/s of deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead : Mrs. Carole Atkinson Deputy Headteacher
- Name of Designated Governor: Mr. Andrew Duncan
- Name of Designated Teacher for looked after children: Mrs. Carole Atkinson Deputy Headteacher
Other Key Safeguarding Contacts
- Concerns about a child should to Children's Social Care on 0300 123 6720 or out of hours 0300 123 6722 (8pm - 8am)
- Channel/Prevent (radicalisation/extremism) for advice and information contact the Lancashire Prevent Team tel 01772 413029 or contact the Police Prevent Team on 101
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) mandatory reporting via Police on 101
Key national contacts
NSPCC helpline - helping adults protect children 24 hours a day. For help and support, including anyone needing advice about female genital mutilation, young people affected by gangs, concerns that someone may be a victim of modern slavery contact the NSPCC trained helpline counsellors on:
- NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line - free advice and support for professionals concerned about how child protection issues are being handled in their organisation.
- UK Safer Internet Centre professional advice line - helpline for professionals working with children and young people in the UK with any online safety issues they may face themselves or with children in their care.
- Police Anti-Terrorist Hot Line number 0800 789 321