Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as
Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
How does Oakington Manor safeguard our children?...............................................................4
Statutory legislation & Guidance
Pupils keeping themselves Safe
KEY CONTACTS WITHIN THE SCHOOL (SEPTEMBER 2016
KEY CONTACTS WITHIN THE LOCAL AUTHORITY
KEY SPECIFIC SAFEGUARDING ISSUES
CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION (CSE)
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
SIGNS A CHILD MAY EXHIBIT IF THEY ARE A VICTIM OF ABUSE
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
OAKINGTON MANOR SAFEGUARDING POLICY
To safeguard all children at Oakington Manor school.
To provide staff, volunteers and children with the overarching principles that guides our approach to child protection
Oakington Manor believes that
A child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
Oakington Manor School recognises that
the safety and welfare of all its children is paramount
all children regardless of age, disability ,gender, racial heritage , religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
effective child protection work requires sound procedures, good multi-agency cooperation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations
Research shows that disabled children may be at greater risk of abuse and need to be safeguarded on an equal basis to other children. School will ensure that disabled pupils can access school trips, sports facilities and after school clubs. School will promote positive attitudes towards disabled children.
It is essential to establish positive and effective working relationship with other agencies. There is a joint responsibility on all agencies to share information to ensure the safeguarding of all children.
How does Oakington Manor safeguard our children? 1. In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children the school will act in accordance with the Statutory Framework and legislative duties and guidance. Our school procedures for safeguarding children will be in line with LA (Local Authority) and ACPC procedures (Area Child Protection Committee).
Children Act 1989/2004
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Children and Families Act 2014
Education Act 2002/2011
Adoption and Children Act 2002
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005
Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
Serious Crime Act July 2015 (FGM)
Children and Adoption Act 2006
Children and Young Persons Act 2008
Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009
Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009
Safer Recruitment in Education 2007
Working Together to Safeguard Children- September 2016
Policy and guidance
Dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff DFE 2012
Understanding and dealing with issues relating to parental responsibility January 2016
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – Summary
Working Together to Safeguard Children September 2016
Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation- came into force 31 October 2015
Local Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection procedures
Keeping Children Safe in Education July 2015
Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those Working with Children and Young People in Education Settings September 2015
Prevent Duty July 2015
Dealing with Allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff (DfES 2011)
Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 Ref:DFE-00129-2015
Single record information
The use of force to control or restrain pupils -guidance 2010m DCSF-00368-2010
2. Developing and implementing an effective safety policies and related procedures for what to do if there are concerns about a child’s welfare.
A named person , Designated Safeguarding Lead, dealing with concerns or allegations of abuse on call during term time with a deputy name person in absence of DSL (see appendix )
Internet use policy
Code of Conduct which outlines good practice when working with children.
Respect confidentiality in line with the schools confidentiality guidelines
Policies on bullying and on health and safety.
Guidance on taking children away on trips and on internet use: new technology safety, guidance on use of photographs, video, digital equipment and websites, including chat rooms.
Provide effective first aid from qualified members of staff.
Meet needs of pupils with specific medical conditions, including ensuring that any intimate care is carried out following agreed guidance and policies
3. SAFER WORKING PRACTICE
A rigorous recruitment and selection process for paid staff and volunteers who work with children.
A protective culture that puts children’s interests first – children must feel confident that if they have concerns someone will listen and take them seriously.
processes for dealing with complaints and for taking disciplinary action with allegations/ concerns about staff , volunteers or visitors , in accordance with government guidelines
discuss and /or take advice from school management over any incident which may give rise to concern
record any incidents or decisions made
apply same professional standards regardless of race ,gender, religion, ethnicity, ability or sexuality
are aware of confidentiality guidelines
are aware that any breaches of the law and other professional guidelines could result in criminal or disciplinary action being taken against them
work in an open and transparent way
All members of staff have the right to use ‘reasonable’ force under section 93 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006. ‘Reasonable’ means using no more force than is needed. We acknowledge that staff must only ever use ‘positive handling’ as a last resort and at all times be the minimal force necessary to prevent injury to another person. We understand that physical intervention of a nature which causes injury or distress to a child may very well be considered under safeguarding children or disciplinary procedures.
See Use of reasonable force Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies July 2013
Our Health & Safety policy and our Educational Visits Policy are set out in separate documents. They reflect the consideration we give to the protection of our children both within the school environment and when undertaking school trips and visits away from the school environment.
Site security - The school has a full risk assessment in place and regular fire evacuation practices take place. The fire alarm is tested regularly
Safer recruitment and selection- In line with statutory guidance the following will apply for all paid staff and volunteers
A CRB enhanced disclosure is obtained for all staff and regular volunteers
The school holds an up to date single central record
If volunteer parents accompany children on school visits they are fully supervised by a member of staff at all times and not left alone with children
When recruiting new staff there is a least one member of staff who has received up to date safer recruitment training on interview panel.
Temporary staff and volunteers are made aware of the schools arrangements for safeguarding children and their responsibilities.
5. IDENTIFYING CONCERNS. (See Appendix)
All members of staff are familiar with the categories and definitions used when referring to Safeguarding Children. (See Appendix )
All members of staff develop their understanding of the signs and indicators of abuse. (See Appendix )
6. RESPONDING TO & REPORTING CONCERNS (see appendix)
All staff and volunteers have a statutory duty to pass on any child protections concerns about a child.
If you think a child is in immediate danger- Don't delay – call the police on 999, or call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.
Following any information raising concern the Designated Safeguarding Lead will consider
Any urgent medical needs of the child
Making an enquiry to find out if the child is subject to a child protection plan
Discussing the matter with other agencies involved with the family
Consulting with appropriate persons
The child wishes
The Designated Safeguarding Lead will disclose any information about a pupil to the Key member of staff on a ‘Need to Know’ basis only. This information will only be passed on to relevant members of staff by the Key member if and when it is required.
Wherever possible, to talk to parents unless to do so may place a child at risk of significant harm, impede any police investigations and /or place the member of staff or others at risk
Whether to make a child protection referral to children social care
If further monitoring is necessary
If it would be appropriate to undertake an assessment /CAF and /or make a referral for other services
Following a child protection referral the Designated Safeguarding Lead will
Make regular contact with social worker involved to stay informed.
Provide a report for, attend and contribute to any subsequent child protection conference
If the child/children are made subject to a child protection plan ,contribute to the plan and attend core group meetings and review child protection conference
Where a child who has a child protection plan moves school or goes missing immediately inform the key worker in children social care.
Whistle blowing- Allegations against a professional
Oakington Manor understands that children can be victims of abuse by those who work with them in any setting. All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues. These concerns should be brought to the attention of the Nominated Safeguarding Children Adviser. All allegations of abuse will be taken seriously. www.gov.uk/whistleblowing
Where there is an allegations that a professional has behaved in a way that had harmed a child of may have harmed a child; possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or has behaved towards a child / children in a way that indicates the he/she is unsuitable to work with children the allegations will be investigates properly and in line with agreed procedures.
Allegations of abuse made against staff will be dealt with by the Head Teacher (or the Chair of governors if the Head Teacher is accused). The Head Teacher /Chair will contact the local authority designated officer within 24 hours.
The member of staff receiving the allegation will immediately inform the Head Teacher and not enter into a dialogue.
The Head Teacher on all such occasions will discuss the content of the allegation with the LA Lead Officer for Safeguarding Children.
If the allegation made to a member of staff concerns the Head teacher, the Nominated Safeguarding Children Adviser will immediately inform the Chair of Governors who will consult with the LAs Lead Officer for Safeguarding children.
The school will follow the LA procedures for managing allegations against staff, a copy of which will be readily available in the school.
All allegations should; be notified to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within 1 working day
‘Confidentiality is an issue which needs to be discussed and fully understood by all those working with children, particularly in the context of child protection The only purpose of confidentiality in this respect is to benefit the child.’
All discussions concerning a child’s safety and well-being will be treated in the strictest of confidence. However, a teacher cannot guarantee the child that things will go no further as the child at risk must be helped and supported. This will involve the teacher sharing the information with the DSL and then with other agencies as necessary.
Professionals can only work together to safeguard children if there is an exchange of relevant information between them. This has been recognised in principle by the courts. Any disclosure of personal information to others, including the social service departments, must always however, have regard to both common and statute law.
Normally, personal information should only be disclosed to third parties (including other agencies) with the consent of the subject of that information (Data Protection Act 1998, European Convention on Human Rights, Article 8). Wherever possible, consent should be obtained before sharing personal information with third parties. In some circumstances, consent may not be possible or desirable but the safety and welfare of a child dictate that the information should be shared. The law permits the disclosure of confidential information necessary to safeguard a child or children.
Disclosure should be justifiable in each case, according to the particular facts of the case, and legal advice should be sought if in doubt.
Oakington Manor will
Share information about child protection and good practice with agencies who need to know, involve children , parents ,staff and volunteers using jargon free language
Keep up to date and accurate information about all children in order to keep them safe and provide appropriate care, including
names and contact details of persons with whom the child normally lives
names and addresses of all persons with parental responsibility
emergency contact details
details of any persons authorised top to collect the child from school
any relevant court orders in place including those which affect any persons access to the child
a child who is or has been the subject of a child protection plan
Any other factors which may impact on the safety and welfare of the child.
Monitor and record
Accurate records will be signed, dated.
All child protection documents will be retained in a ‘child protection file ‘, separate from the child’s curriculum file. Such files will be kept securely. These records will be transferred to any school or setting the child moves to. If the child goes missing from education or is removed from roll to be educated at home any child protection file will be copied and the copy sent to the education social service via recorded delivery.
The school shares a purpose with parents to educate and keep children safe from harm and to have their welfare promoted
All parents/carers are made aware of the responsibilities of staff members with regard to safeguarding children procedures. A Safeguarding children statement will be included in all parent hand books.
We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We respect parent’s rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to protect a child.
Oakington Manor will share with parents any concerns we might have about their child unless to do so may place a child at risk of harm.
8. KEEPING THEMSELVES SAFE see appendix
Oakington Manor is committed to ensuring that pupils are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe.
All children know we have a senior member of staff with responsibility for child protection and know who this is.
All children are aware of a member of staff who they can trust and talk to and are available to them at any time.
We inform pupils of their right to be listened to and heard and what steps can be taken to protect them from harm.
PSHE materials including SEAL/PANTS to help pupils learn how to keep safe.
Discuss drug and substance misuse via workshops
Promote internet safety
This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and students.
The School will update this Policy and Procedures in the light of any further guidance and legislation as necessary. On-going monitoring and evaluation will ensure the effectiveness of the Policy.
KEY SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS WITHIN THE SCHOOL (September 2016)
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFEGUARDING
Ms Steffi Wain
02089022871 ex 220
Designated child protection
Ms Steffi Wain
02089022871 ex 220
Deputy designated child protection
Ms Simrita Singh 02089022871 ex 219
Nominated governor for child protection
KEY SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS WITHIN LOCAL AUTHORITY (September 2016)
If a child is at immediate risk of harm call the Police on 999.
Brent Local Safeguarding team
If you are worried or have concerns about a child or a young person
Brent Family Front Door
208937 4300 Allegations made against staff or volunteers
Child Protection Admin Team:
020 8937 3783
020 8937 4834, Mobile 07900 135880
Met Police - Brent & Harrow Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT)
Anytime 020 8733 3530
Brent Social Care
Brent Family Front Door –
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 020 8937 4300
For Social Care emergencies outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays please call:
Out of Hours Duty Team: 020 8863 5250
Brent Health Safeguarding Children Team
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 020 8900 5379
Have you seen something that worries you online?
For information on what to do if you have seen images that worry or upset you on a website or if you have received an e-mail that you think may contain abusive material, please contact:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) 0870 000 3344
SPECIFIC SAFEGUARDING ISSUES
BULLYING- Our policy on bullying is set out in a separate policy and acknowledges that to allow or condone bullying may lead to consideration under Safeguarding Children procedures.
RACISM- Our policy on racist incidents is set out in a separate policy. It acknowledges that a single serious incident, repeated racist incidents or to allow or condone racism may lead to consideration under safeguarding children procedures.
CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE) -Child sexual exploitation involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (e.g. food) as a result of engaging in sexual activities. CSE can take many forms from seemingly ‘consensual ‘relationships to serious organised crime by gangs and groups. CSE involves varying degrees of coercions, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from peers to have sex, sexual bullying including cyber bullying and grooming.
www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278849/Safeguarding_Children_and_Young_People_from_Sexual_Exploitation.pdf FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) - Professionals have a duty to act to safeguard girls and women at risk of FGM with 4 key issues to consider
FGM is illegal (FGM Act 20013)
FGM for children is a form of child abuse
FGM is not a religious practice
FGM can give rise to a range of acute chronic physical conditions and psychological disorders; some health effects are potentially life threatening
www.gov.uk/government/publications/mandatory-reporting-of-female-genital-mutilation-procedural-informationRisk factors to consider
Any female child born to a woman who has undergone FGM
Any female child whose older sibling has undergone FGM
Females from areas with a high prevalence of FGM
Prevalence rates in Africa vary between countries. Countries with high prevalence rates (> 85%) are for example Somalia, Egypt and Mali. Low prevalence rates (< 30%) are found in for example Senegal, Central African Republic and Nigeria. FGM is also practiced in a few countries in the LINKS TO PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES On Prevention And Care of FGMhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2
Middle East inclduing Yemen, Iraq kurdish communicates and Saudi arabia
Visit/holidays to area abroad where FGM is prevalent
Higher risk age 5-8 years but any aged child can be at as much risk
Prolonged absence from school
Noticeable beahviour change on return and long persiods away from class or other normal activites possibly urinary or menstrual problems
Girls withdrawing from personal , social and health education and sports they would have engaged in prior to holiday
Females within familes escaping violence within the family home
A female child talking of something somebody did to them that they are not allowed to talk about
Multi agency practice guidellines Female Genital Mutilation
Schools have a duty to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism (“The Prevent duty “) the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act February 2015
Signs and symtoms
Spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists
Changing their style of dress or personal appearance to accord with the group
Their day to day behaviour becoming increasingly centred around an extremist idealogy , groups or cause
Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology , group or cause
Possession of material or symbols associated with an extremis t cause ( eg swastika for far right groups )
Attempts to recruit others to the groups /cause/ideology
Communciations with others that suggest identification with a group/ cause/ ideology
The following sources may also be useful for further information:
Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales, HM Government
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/417943/Prevent_Duty_Guidance_England_Wales.pdf Frequently asked questions, Prevent For Schools
http://www.preventforschools.org/?category_id=38 What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It
http://www.ltai.info/what-is-prevent/ CHILDREN MISSING FROM EDUCATION / CHILDREN NOT COLLECTED ON TIME/ CHILDREN LEAVING SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMISSION
Where children on roll at Oakington Manor and the school has made enquires we will refer the case to the Education Welfare Service.
The Internet is an essential element in 21st Century life for education, business and social interaction. ICT skills and knowledge are vital to access life-long learning and employment; indeed ICT is now seen as a functional, essential life-skill along with English and Mathematics The statutory curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using technology including the Internet. At Oakington Manor, ICT is at the forefront of all subjects and activities in our school, for this reason we recognise the need for all pupils to be taught to use the Internet efficiently and safely, and to develop a responsible and mature approach to accessing and interpreting information. We further recognise that the Internet can benefit the professional work of staff and enhances the school's management information and business administration systems, so staff have to be equally educated in the appropriate use of the Internet and its resources.
See Staff -policies
ROLE OF THE GOVERNORS
ensure a safe school environment
ensure safe recruitment of staff
ensure all staff and volunteers have Safeguarding/Child Protection training at the appropriate level
ensure the school has an active child protection policy
Monitor and review their safeguarding policy, practice and procedures.
Have a nominated governor for Child Protection to promote the importance of Child Protection and safeguarding children within the governing body. The nominated governor is Mr. Jo Jhally.
know what the Safeguarding policy looks like and where it is kept
Be familiar with current guidelines, on child protection and safer recruitment, and be aware of changes to the regulations.
Liaise regularly with the designated teacher for child protection about procedures in the school.
Ensure that the school has an active Child Protection Policy, that governors and staff are familiar with and that it is reviewed regularly.
Report back to the full Governing Body at least annually, however, individual cases should not be discussed by the full governing body.
Ensure that accurate records are being kept by the school and that the Child Protection file is up to date.
Ensure that all staff and governors know what to do if they suspect that a child is being abused.
The Child Protection Governor should understand that they will not necessarily be given details of individual cases.
ROLE OF THE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD
Governing bodies should ensure that the school or college 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.
The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:
The School Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the first point of contact for any member of the school staff who has a concern about the safety and well-being of a pupil
Refer all cases of suspected abuse to
The local authority children’s social care and:
The LADO (all cases which concern a staff member),
Disclosure and Barring Service (cases where a person is dismissed or left due to risk/harm to a child);
and/or Police (cases where a crime may have been committed)
Liaise with the head teacher orto inform of issues especially ongoing enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations.
Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies.
The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to:
Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments.
Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so.
Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the schools safeguarding policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff.
Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers.
Be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals.
Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses.
Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school may put in place to protect them.
The designated safeguarding lead should ensure the school policies are known and used appropriately:
Ensure the school s safeguarding policy is reviewed annually and the procedures and implementation are updated and reviewed regularly, and work with governing bodies regarding this.
Ensure the safeguarding policy is available publicly and parents are aware of the fact that referrals about suspected abuse or neglect may be made and the role of the school in this.
Link with the local LSCB to make sure staff are aware of training opportunities and the latest local policies on safeguarding.
Where children leave the school ensure their child protection file is transferred to the new school as soon as possible. This should be transferred separately from the main pupil file, ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained.
ROLE OF THE LADO
Providing advice, information and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations around allegations and concerns regarding paid and unpaid workers.
Managing and overseeing individual cases from all partner agencies.
Ensuring the child’s voice is heard and that they are safeguarded.
Ensuring there is a consistent, fair and thorough process for all adults working with children and young people against whom an allegation is made.
Monitoring the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible.
Recommending a referral and chairing the strategy meeting in cases where the allegation requires investigation by police and/or social care.