Mrs. H Renard. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer. (Head Teacher)
Mr Paul Fisher, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Date Approved by Governors: Draft Copy Awaiting Approval
Review Date: TBA
The Governors of Sir Robert Pattinson Academy are keen to adopt the following Child Protection Policy and Procedures.
The Children Act 2004 established the Every Child Matters agenda and the duty of all public services to work together to promote five outcomes for children and young people, of which staying safe is one.
Though the legal framework protecting adults is far less stringent the Department
of Health document “No Secrets: -Guidance on developing and implementing multi-
agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse” (2000) established an expectation that people working with vulnerable adults will take reasonable steps to protect them from harm.
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 was designed to solve the failures identified by the 2004 Bichard Inquiry arising from the Soham murders.
Recommendation 19 of the inquiry report says:
‘new arrangements should be introduced requiring those who wish to work with children, or vulnerable adults to be registered. The register would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these clients.’
In March 2005, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) – then the
Department for Education and Skills – and the Department of Health (DH) proposed that Recommendation 19 should be carried out by developing a central service that would bar unsuitable people from working with children and/or vulnerable adults.
This policy adheres to the requirements of Employment Law, The Education Act 2002, the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2003, the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy and draws upon the recent DCSF guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2010).
THE PREVENT STRATEGY
The Prevent Strategy, June 2011, requires schools to respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat of it, to prevent people being drawn into terrorism by giving them appropriate advice and support and finally challenge radicalisation.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”). It is a form of child abuse and violence against women. FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
Section 5B of the 2003 Act introduces a mandatory reporting duty which requires teachers in England and Wales to report ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police. The duty applies from 31 October 2015 onwards.
‘Known’ cases are those where either a girl informs the person that an act of FGM – however described – has been carried out on her, or where the person observes physical signs on a girl appearing to show that an act of FGM has been carried out and the person has no reason to believe that the act was, or was part of, a surgical operation within section 1(2)(a) or (b) of the FGM Act 2003.
POLICY – SAFEGUARDING
The Governors wish to ensure that all young people/vulnerable adults attending
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy or Community Learning Centre are kept safe. Concerns about a student or vulnerable adult must be followed up in the right way to ensure that everyone including parents/carers, staff, volunteers and students know what should happen and what is expected of them.
We are therefore committed to ensuring that Sir Robert Pattinson Academy:
• provides a safe environment for young people to learn in;
• identifies young people/vulnerable adults who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm;
• takes appropriate action to see that such young people/vulnerable adults are kept safe both at home and at the school;
• ensures that teachers and other school staff know what to do when they see signs that a child is at risk of radicalisation;
In pursuit of these aims, the governing body will approve and review policies and procedures with the aim of:
• raising awareness of issues relating to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and the promotion of a safe learning environment for students;
• aiding the identification of students at risk of significant harm, and providing procedures for reporting concerns;
• promoting safe practice and challenging poor and unsafe practice;
• contributing to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for young people;
• establishing procedures for reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff;
• ensuring the school has appropriate procedures for appointing staff.
For the purposes of this policy the governors recognise the following definitions:
All school employees whether teaching or support as well as volunteers.
CHILD / YOUNG PERSON
The legal definition of a child or young person within the Children Act 1989 is anyone under the age of 18. In addition any young person under 24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is legally defined as a child.
A vulnerable adult can be defined as someone who requires additional support to carry out everyday tasks due to physical disability or learning difficulties/ disabilities, where their support needs render them open to exploitation.
In most cases day to day concerns about students can be dealt with by discussion between staff and parents. Brief notes of telephone conversations must be made and meetings should be followed by a letter outlining what was said. These records should be kept in the student’s file.
More worrying concerns require different action.
Child abuse usually comes to the attention of adults in four ways: a direct disclosure from the child who has been abused; a third party report (e.g. friend, other child, relative, parent of friend); through the child’s behaviour; or because you observe an injury to the child.
18 YEARS OLD AND OVER
Adults may disclose abuse which happened a long time ago in which case they may need support in understanding what their options are. They may need a GP referral, specialist counseling or may want to report the incident to the police. They are responsible for deciding what action is taken. Where a young person is over 18 but discloses current, ongoing abuse then this should be reported to the designated person. A referral for investigation will be made in any circumstances where other young people may be at risk, for example younger siblings.
Where staff have concerns regarding the welfare of a vulnerable adult they should report these to the designated person who will make a referral to Adult Services if required.
All staff should be aware of the need to identify students/learners at risk of significant harm, and promote safe practice whilst challenging poor and unsafe practice
In all instances, the designated person will follow County procedures.
THE ROLE OF GOVERNORS
It is not appropriate that Governors as individuals should be involved in procedure for fear of ‘taint’, however the Governing Body will receive reports from the Designated Person on the implementation of the Policy and anonymised outcomes.
THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY LEARNING TUTORS
Community Learning tutors should undertake appropriate safeguarding training e.g. Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults (on-line training).
If staff/parents/carers have a concern about a member of staff they should contact the Head teacher.
If staff/parents/carers have a concern about the Head teacher they should contact the Chair of Governors.
PROCESS WHEN A DISCLOSURE IS MADE
LISTEN Listen carefully to the child or vulnerable person. Take what he or she says seriously.
REASSURE Look after the child while the matter is being referred on, reassure the child/person that they are not to blame for what has happened. Do not over-react as this can frighten them and compound feelings of guilt. Reassure them that they were right to tell. Remember the fact that it takes great courage to confide such personal and painful concerns.
RECORD As soon as possible after talking to the child/person make a written record of what was said. This may be used in any subsequent legal proceedings so it is important to note down how the child/person was behaving, and the way in which they told you what happened, as this may indicate how they were was feeling. This then needs to be passed onto the Designated Person in school.
SUPPORT Get support for yourself. Listening to abused children or adults can be very upsetting.
It is essential not to make promises that you may not be able to keep. It is particularly important not to promise confidentiality before you know what is going to be confided to you because you may have to share what you have been told with others. The person’s trust has already been betrayed by the abuser and making promises you fail to keep can compound feelings of betrayal.
It is important not to make bad feelings worse and to keep to a minimum the number of times he/she is asked to repeat the story. It is inappropriate at this stage to inquire into the details of the abuse as this may distress the child/person and should be left to an interviewer skilled in asking such questions.
It is important to discuss the case with the designated person or, if not available or if the allegation is about that person, the Headteacher, straight away.
If your referral is about the Headteacher you should contact the Chairman of Governors immediately and directly.
The consequences of not reporting your suspicions if the child/person has been abused could be very serious as they could be further abused.
In order to ensure safer recruitment Sir Robert Pattinson Academy will:
• Regularly review its recruitment procedure to ensure the safety of the students.
• Ensure that all vacancy advertisements make clear the school’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
• Ensure that the job description makes reference to the responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
• Ensure that the person specification includes specific reference to the applicant’s suitability to work with children.
• Obtain and examine required information from applicants and satisfactorily resolve and discrepancies or anomalies. All applicants should complete the school’s relevant Application Form in full (Appendix 1, 2 or 3). CV’s may be submitted but will enhance the application rather than substitute.
• Obtain independent professional and character references to help assess an applicant’s suitability to work with children. One of the references must be the previous most recent employer.
• Conduct a face to face panel interview (including at least one panel member who has completed the safer recruitment training meeting the requirements of DfE and OFSTED) to determine the candidate’s suitability to work with children as well as their suitability for the post.
• Verify the successful candidate’s identity together with (where necessary), qualifications gained.
• Check previous employment history and experience.
• Check for any gaps in employment history and ensure a satisfactory explanation is sought.
• Check Declaration of Health Form (Appendix 4).
• Conduct DBS enhanced check for all employees within the Academy.
• Ensure new staff are familiarised with our Child Protection Policies and Safer Working Practices as part of the induction process as verified on the Induction Checklist (appendix 5).
Further information relating to safeguarding can be found within the Safer Recruitment/CRB policy of the Academy
Health and Safety Policy
Behaviour including Anti-bullying Policy
Race Equality Policy (including Equal Opportunities Policy)
Drugs Education Policy
Guidelines for Visits
List of First Aiders
Allegations of Abuse Against Staff
Central Record of Recruitment and Vetting Checks
Procedures for Visitors
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reporting requirements
• Sir Robert Pattinson Academy will have at least one trained Designated Person who will be given access to timely relevant training.
• All relevant policies and protocols will be available to all staff on the VLE.
• Child Protection training is part of CPD for all.
• Induction for ITT (Initial Teacher Training) students, new and temporary staff has a section on Child Protection.
• Interview panels will have at least one member with Safer Recruitment training.
The availability of this policy on the school website and in other format on request is indicated in the prospectus.
We would like to announce the launch of ‘Nude Selfies: What Parents and Carers Need to Know’. This is a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to help keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images.
The films aim to help parents and carers:
• Understand young people’s motivations for sending nude selfies.
• Plan to respond positively and constructively to an incident in which their child has shared a nude selfie.
• Gain confidence and skills in initiating preventative conversations.
• Identify risky behaviours or situations and know where to seek help.
• Know how to get help if a child is at risk after sharing an image.
They are based on research findings from the European Commission-funded SPIRTO (Self-Produced Images: Risk Taking Online) Project and include:
Film One: Understanding Why
Film Two: Talking to your child
Film Three: When should I be worried?
Film Four: How to get help
The Nude Selfies films can be seen and shared on our www.youtube.com/ceop channel.
The films are based on a two-year qualitative investigation led by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the University of Linköping (Sweden), Innocence in Danger (Germany) and the CEOP Command of the National Crime Agency.
Internet matters.org is a parents’ guide which gives social media tips for parents. the guide has handy tips to help you have open and honest conversations with them about using social media, from posting selfies to chatting and online gaming.
Net Aware is a parents’ guide to the social networks children and young people use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world.
Sites for parents with advice about all the technology including advice on smartphones, gaming devices, internet enabling devices for example ipods, ipads. Also how to set Parental controls and general safety tips for safer internet use.
SITES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
This 32 page booklet covers some of the issues which parents may struggle with, when dealing with the children and young people regarding online safety. Using clear and simple language, it explains what the issues are and gives straight forward advice, signposting to other websites and also directing parents to various helplines.
The final part of the booklets helps the parents complete a ‘family safety plan’ looking at staying safe as a family.
Provider Lucy Faithful Foundation
This video was commissioned by the LHSG
and created by Blueprint film