The governing body recognise their moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. The policy applies to all children between the ages of 0-18 whose care and education comes within the remit of this education provision. (For some special education provisions this age range goes beyond 18). All children regardless of age, gender, race, ability, sexuality, religion, culture or language have a right to be protected from harm.
The governing body will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our school has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who have been harmed or are at significant risk of being harmed.
This policy sets out how the governing body of Burman Infant School is carrying out its statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in accordance with Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 or Section 157 in relation to independent education provisions, academies and post-16 providers.
This policy relates to child protection and sits within a broader safeguarding policy. The policy applies to all staff (teaching and non-teaching), governors, volunteers, temporary and supply staff working in the education provision.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the governing body and is in line with the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE, March 2015), Keeping Children Safe In Education (DfE, July 2015), Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings Ofsted document (August 2015).
This policy is made available to parents on request and published on the education provider name website (insert link), so that parents have an understanding of the child protection responsibility placed on the school.
The welfare of our pupils is our paramount concern. Our school is a community and we all (staff, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. This includes maintaining an attitude of “it could happen here” where child protection is concerned.
We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment, underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe they are being listened to.
To set clear expectations of how we expect all staff and volunteers to respond in the event of a concern about a child or young person, including their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse, in order to safeguard children and young people.
To identify key roles and responsibilities for all staff in relation to child protection, and emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff in school.
To recognise our responsibility to refer any significant concerns about a child or young person which may indicate physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse (including child sexual exploitation) or neglect to Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The Solihull Multi-Agency Thresholds Criteria http://socialsolihull.org.uk/lscb/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Solihull-Threshold-version-february-015.pdf should be used to support decision making in any referral.
To provide reports to and attend any statutory child protection conferences, initial and review, core group meetings and child in need conferences that may be called in line with Solihull Local Safeguarding Board (LSCB) child protection procedures.
To engage in child protection statutory assessment and interventions as required, recognising our duty to work with other agencies in protecting children from harm (eg: Children’s Social Work Services, Police Public Protection Unit, health professionals including mental health professionals)
To maintain clear management oversight of all child protection work; identifying, referring and supporting children known to be at risk of harm, ensuring pupils at risk of harm are safeguarded and receive timely support and intervention; including early help and prevention work.
Safeguarding: protecting from maltreatment; preventing impairment of health and development; ensuring that children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care; and work in a way that gives the best life chances and transition to adulthood (as defined in the Children Act 2004). This is applied to every child.
Child Protection: is an aspect of safeguarding, but is focused on how we respond to children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of significant harm.
Child: refers to all young people who have not yet reached their 18th birthday. The policy applies to all pupils of our school. It will extend to visiting children and students from other establishments.
Abuse: a form of maltreatment of a child. This could mean neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or any combination of these. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. They may be abused by an adult or adults or another child or children. In the Children’s Acts 1989 and 2004, a child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.