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Countess Anne School

A Church Of England Academy

 

Our school is a place that will be known for….

  • Ø Academic provision that recognises the need for excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Ø Holistic provision that encourages Christian hope; building spirit and soul through faith orientated pastoral care.
  • Ø Inspirational provision through a modern curriculum that celebrates diversity and provides new opportunities.

 

Child Protection Policy

 

Countess Anne Church of England School is concerned about the welfare and safety of all its pupils and attempts to create an environment in which the children feel happy, safe and secure.

 

The school has regard for the guidelines contained in the DfE Document: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 in order to fulfil its duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Section 26).

 

 

Statutory framework:

 

In addition the ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education April 2014; Statutory guidance for schools and colleges and Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE April 2015) places the following responsibilities on all schools:

 

  • Schools should be aware of and follow the procedures established by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board

 

  • Staff should be alert to signs of abuse and know to whom they should report any concerns or suspicions.

 

  • Schools should have procedures (of which all staff are aware) for handling suspected cases of abuse of pupils, including procedures to be followed if a member of staff is accused of abuse, or suspected of abuse
  • A Designated Senior Person (referred to in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE, April 2014 ) as Designated Safeguarding Lead') should have responsibility for co-ordinating action within the school and liaising with other agencies

 

  • Staff with the designated safeguarding lead should undergo updated child protection training every two years

 

The school will also follow guidance in relation to the specific safeguarding issues. These will include the Prevent Duty Guidance 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.  Furthermore Section 5B of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 (as inserted by section 74 of the Serious Crime Act 2015) will place a statutory duty upon teachers, along with social workers and healthcare professionals, to report to the police where they discover (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18.  

 

Countess Anne School will inform its parents of its Child Protection Policy through the school’s prospectus and web-site.

 

The Designated Teacher:

 

The Designated Teacher for Child Protection is David Lodge, (in his absence the concerns should be shared with the Deputy Designated teachers either Ms Byrne or Mrs Sillitoe).

 

Their role is to:

 

  • Ensure that the school complies with current legislation.

 

  • Ensure that all staff are aware of these procedures.

 

  • Ensure that appropriate training and support is provided to all staff.

 

  • Ensure that the Head Teacher is kept fully informed of any concerns.

 

  • Develop effective working relationships with other agencies and services.

 

  • Decide whether to take further action about specific concerns (e.g. refer to Children, School & Families).

 

  • Liaise with Children, School & Families teams over suspected cases of child abuse.

 

  • Ensure that accurate records relating to individual children are kept in a secure place and marked ‘Strictly Confidential’.

 

  • Submit reports to, and attend Child Protection Conferences.

 

  • Ensure that the school effectively monitors children who have been identified as ‘at risk’.

 

  • Provide guidance to parents, children and staff about obtaining suitable support.

 

The Governing Body:

 

Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that the school designates an appropriate senior member of staff to take lead responsibility for child protection. This person should have the status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources and, where appropriate, supporting and directing other staff.

 

In particular the Governing Body must ensure:

  • The responsibilities placed on governing bodies and proprietors include:
  • their contribution to inter-agency working, which includes providing a coordinated offer of early help when additional needs of children are identified
  • ensuring that an effective child protection policy is in place, together with a staff behaviour policy
  • appointing a designated safeguarding lead who should undergo child protection training every two years
  • prioritising the welfare of children and young people and creating a culture where staff are confident to challenge senior leaders over any safeguarding concerns
    • making sure that children are taught about how to keep themselves safe.

 

School Procedures:

 

  • If any member of staff is concerned about a child he or she must inform David Lodge –this can be done directly or by using the safeguarding post box.

 

  • Information regarding the concerns must be recorded by the member of staff on the same day. The recording must be a clear, precise, factual account of the observations.

 

  • David Lodge will decide whether the concerns should be referred to Children, School & Families. If it is decided to make a referral to social services this will be done without prior discussion with the parents.

 

  • If a referral is made to Children, School & Families, David Lodge will ensure that a written report of the concerns is sent to the social worker dealing with the case within 48 hours.

 

  • Particular attention will be paid to the attendance and development of any child who has been identified at risk or who has bee placed on the Child Protection Register.

 

  • If a pupil who is known to be on the Child Protection Register changes school, David Lodge will inform the social worker responsible for the case and transfer the appropriate records to the receiving school.

 

 

When to be concerned:

 

Staff should be concerned about a pupil if he or she:

 

  • Has an injury which is not typical of the bumps and scrapes normally associated with children’s injuries.

 

  • Regularly has unexplained injuries.
  • Frequently has injuries (even when apparently reasonable explanations are given).

 

  • Confused of conflicting explanations are given on how injuries were sustained.

 

  • Exhibits significant changes in behaviour, performance or attitude.

 

  • Indulges in sexual behaviour which is usually explicit and/or inappropriate to his or age.

 

  • Discloses an experience in which he or she may have been significantly harmed.

 

  • Is reluctant to get changed in front of others when getting ready for P.E.

 

 

Dealing with a Disclosure:

 

If a pupil discloses that he or she has been abused in some way, the member of staff should:

 

  • Listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief.

 

  • Accept what is being said.

 

  • Allow the child to talk freely.

 

  • Reassure the child but not make promises which it might not be possible to keep.

 

  • Not promise confidentiality – it might be necessary to refer to Children, School & Families.

 

  • Reassure him or her that what has happened is not his or her fault.

 

  • Stress that it was the right thing to tell.

 

  • Listen, rather than ask direct questions.

 

  • Not criticize the alleged perpetrator.

 

  • Explain what has to be done next and who has to be told.

 

 

 

Record Keeping:

 

When a pupil has made a disclosure the member of staff should:

 

  • Make brief notes as soon as possible after the conversation.

 

  • Not destroy the original notes in case they are needed by a court.

 

  • Record the date, time, place and any noticeable non-verbal behaviour and the words used by the child.

 

  • Draw a diagram to indicate the position of any bruising or other injury.

 

  • Record statements and observations rather than interpretations or assumptions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support:

 

Dealing with a disclosure from a child, and a Child Protection case in general, is likely to be a stressful experience. The member of staff should, therefore, consider seeking support for him/herself and discuss this with David Lodge.

 

 

Allegations involving school staff

 

 

If a child, parent, makes a complaint of abuse against a member of staff, the person receiving the complaint must take it seriously and immediately inform the Head Teacher.

 

Any member of staff who has reason to suspect that a pupil may have been abused by another member of staff, either at school or elsewhere, must immediately inform the Head Teacher. He or she should also make a record of the concerns including a note of anyone else who witnessed the incident or allegation.(If the concerns are about the Head Teacher, the Governor in charge of Child Protection, Mrs Sue Rockhill, should be notified).

 

The Head Teacher will assess whether it is necessary to refer to Children, School & Families in accordance with the Child Protection School Liaison officer, or a Senior Officer from Children, School & Families.

 

If the Head Teacher decides that the allegation warrants further action through Child Protection Procedures he/she must make a referral direct to Children, School & Families. If the allegation constitutes a serious criminal offence it will be necessary to contact Social Services before informing the member of staff.

 

If it is decided that it is not necessary to refer to Social Services the Head Teacher will consider whether there needs to be an internal investigation.

 

For further information see:

 

Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Inter-Agency Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Procedures manual.

www.hertssafeguarding.org.uk/