Sarah Bonnell School Child Protection Policy March 2012
Issued: April 2012 Last Updated: March 2012 Co-ordinators: Sarah Jacobs and Pat Andrews Governors: This policy is communicated to: • Governors via Curriculum Committee and Full Governing Body Meeting • Staff through the Virtual Staff Handbook in the MLE. • Parents/Carers with parental responsibility via school website • Students verbally by all staff inside and outside the classroom, classroom display and Student Planners.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
1. Introduction The governors and staff fully recognise the contribution the school makes, in partnership with other local agencies, to safeguarding children. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm and that everyone in the education service has an objective to keep children and young people safe. All staff and governors believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child. Through its emphasis on prevention and early intervention, this policy aims to minimise the risks of children being abused.
There are two aspects to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children: Arrangements to take all reasonable measures to ensure that risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Arrangements to take all appropriate actions to address concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies.
Our policy and procedures provide for both these aspects of safeguarding. The aims of this policy are to: Provide a safe environment for children and young people to learn. Support the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence. Raise the awareness of both teaching and support staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse. To work appropriately with each child, their family and other agencies to protect in all cases, the child. Provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm
.Emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff. Develop a structured procedure within the school which will be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse. Develop and promote effective working relationships with other agencies, especially the Police, Child and Young Person Services -CYPS and Local Authority, and contribute to effective partnerships working between all those providing services for children. Ensure that safe recruitment practices are used and that Criminal Record Bureau checks are implemented. Ensure that all adults within our school who work with children have been checked as to their suitability.
2. Procedures Our school procedures for safeguarding children are in line with the Pan London Child Protection Procedures. We ensure that: We have a designated member of staff who undertakes regular training. The Designated person is Pat Andrews. We have members of staff who will act in the designated person’s absence. All members of staff develop their understanding of the signs and indicators of abuse. Through induction; through the policy; through the supply teacher’s booklet; whole staff training and briefing meetings. All members of staff know how to respond to a student who discloses abuse. All parents/carers are made aware of the responsibilities of staff members with regard to child protection procedures.
It is not the responsibility of the school to investigate the welfare concerns or determine the truth of any disclosure or allegation. Our procedures will be regularly reviewed and updated. 3. Responsibilities The designated person is...
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