Educare

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Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

SAFEGUARDING ANDCHILD PROTECTION POLICY























Trustee Responsible


Elizabeth Steinthal


Status


Statutory


Review Cycle


Annual


Date written/last review


July 2018


Date of next review


July 2019

1.Terminology

Safeguarding:

Educare defines
safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare as:

·
protecting children from maltreatment

·
preventing impairment of children’s health or
development

·
ensuring that children are growing up in
circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

·
taking action to enable all children to have the
best outcomes

Child Protection:

Child protection is the activity undertaken to protect
specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

To ensure that all of our pupils receive equal protection,
we will give special consideration to children who are:

·
disabled or have special educational needs

·
young carers

·
LAC (looked after children)

·
living in a domestic abuse situation

·
affected by parental substance misuse

·
affected by mental health issues

·
asylum seekers

·
living away from home

·
vulnerable to being bullied, or engaging in
bullying including cyber, homophobic, racist bullying

·
living in temporary accommodation

·
live transient lifestyles

·
missing education

·
living in chaotic and unsupportive home
situations

·
vulnerable to discrimination and maltreatment on
the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexuality

·
vulnerable to extremism or radicalisation.

·
involved directly or indirectly in sexual
exploitation or trafficking [CSE]

·
do not have English as a first language

·
at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) or
forced marriage

·
showing early signs of abuse and/or neglect

Staff refers to
all those working for or on behalf of the school, full time or part time,
temporary or permanent, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.

Child includes everyone
under the age of 18.

Parent refers to
birth parents and other adults who are in a parenting role for example
step-parents, foster carers and adoptive parents.

SPA – 020
8547 5008

LADO – 020
8487 5492 07774332675

2. Introduction
and purpose

Educare Small School
acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that all adults looking after
children or who have unsupervised access to them are suitable to do so and are
aware of their responsibility towards children’s safety and wellbeing. All
staff, trustees and regular volunteers have an Enhanced DBS
Disclosure check and are made aware of their responsibilities during
their induction period and ongoing professional development.

Educare understands that safeguarding is not just about
protecting children from deliberate harm. It also relates to aspects of school
life including:

·
Pupils’ health and safety

·
Establishing
a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

·
Meeting the needs of children with medical
conditions

·
Providing first aid

·
Educational visits

·
Intimate care

·
Internet or e-safety

·
Appropriate arrangements to ensure school
security, taking into account the local context.

·
Supporting
pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed Child
Protection Plan (or Child in Need Plan for lower level concerns)

·
Peer abuse: bullying (including cyberbullying),
physical abuse, sexual harassment and sexual violence and sexting

3. Key Personnel











Designated
Safeguarding Lead

[DSL]

Mel Delauney


Deputy Safeguarding
Lead

Chantell Frost


Chair of Trustees

Dr J Gravett


Designated Trustee
for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Elizabeth Steinthal

4. Policy
principles and aims

Educare aims to:

·
Establish a safe environment in which children
can learn and develop.

·
Support pupils who have been abused in
accordance with his/her agreed Child Protection Plan, Child in Need Plan or
Early Help Assessment;

·
Ensure we practise safer recruitment in checking
the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children;

·
Raise awareness of child protection issues and
equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe;

·
Develop and then implement procedures for
identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse;

We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with
children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse.
The school will therefore:

·
Establish and maintain an environment where
children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.

·
Ensure children know that there are adults in
the school whom they can approach if they are worried.

·
Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for
children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.

·
Ensure all staff members are aware of school
guidance for use of mobile technology and its associated safeguarding risks.

·
Remain alert to the safeguarding needs of pupils
who go missing from education.

·
Support and educate pupils to be safe, healthy
and thrive online.

All staff
may raise concerns directly with SPA or the LADO.

5.Statutory
framework, key statutory and non-statutory guidance

In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, Educare will act in accordance with the following
legislation and guidance:

·
Children Act 1989 Care Planning,
Placement and Case Review

·
Children Act 2004

·
Education Act 2002

·
London Child Protection Procedures and
Practice Guidance

·
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

·
Working Together to Safeguard Children
2015

·
What to do if You're Worried a Child is
Being Abused

·
Information Sharing

6. Roles and responsibilities

We take seriously our responsibility to ensure that we have
appropriate procedures in place for responding to situations in which we
believe that a child has been abused or is at risk of abuse.

Our procedures also cover circumstances in which a member of
staff is accused of, or suspected of, abuse.

We take steps to
ensure that any groups or individuals who hire and/or use our building or
grounds inside or outside of school hours, follow the local child protection
guidelines and are aware of their safeguarding duties.

We will ensure that all staff read and
understand:

Educare’ssafeguarding and
child protection policy

Keeping Children Safe in
Education Part I (2018)

Educare’s staff behaviour
policy (code of conduct)

Working Together to Safeguard
Children (2018)

Children Missing Education
(2016)

Educare publishes our safeguarding and child protection
policy on our website and hard copies are available on request from the school
office.

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Educare Small Schoolunderstands
and fulfils its responsibilities, namely to ensure that:

·
there is a Child Protection and Safeguarding
policy together with a Staff Behaviour policy (Code of Conduct)


child protection, safeguarding, recruitment and
managing allegations policies and procedures, including the staff behaviour
policy (code of conduct), are consistent with Kingston and Richmond LSCB (Local
Safeguarding Children Board) and statutory requirements, are reviewed annually
and are publically available on the
school website


all staff, including temporary staff and
volunteers read and understand Educare’s Safeguarding and Child Protection
policy and Staff Behaviour policy


all staff have read and understood Keeping
Children Safe in Education Part I (2018) part 1 and that mechanisms are in
place to assist staff in understanding and discharging their roles and
responsibilities as set out in the guidance


the school operates a safer recruitment
procedure that includes statutory checks on staff suitability to work with
children (and disqualification by association regulations where applicable) and
by ensuring that there is at least one person on every recruitment panel who
has completed safer recruitment training


Educarehas
procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff (including the
headteacher), volunteers and against other children and that a referral is made
to the DBS if a person in regulated activity has been dismissed or removed due
to safeguarding concerns, or would have had they not resigned


the Board
of Trustees has a nominated governor responsible for safeguarding who has
undertaken appropriate training for the role. The chair of trustees is
responsible in the event of an allegation of abuse made against the headteacher


an annual audit of Educare’s safeguarding
policies, procedures and practices is undertaken with the Headteacher and
designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and this is submitted to Kingston and
Richmond LSCB


a member of the senior leadership team is appointed
as the designated safeguarding lead and that they will take lead responsibility
for safeguarding and child protection; the role is explicit in the role
holder’s job description


DSL’s and their deputy undertake multi-agency
(Level 3) safeguarding training which is updated every two years

·
there is a designated teacher to promote the
educational achievement of children looked after who are on the school roll


all other staff have safeguarding training
updated as appropriate


at least one member of the Board of Trustees has
completed safer recruitment training to be repeated every five years


children are taught about safeguarding
(including online safety) as part of a broad and balanced curriculum covering
relevant issues through personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)


appropriate safeguarding responses are in place
for children who go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions,
to help identify the risk of abuse and neglect including sexual abuse or
exploitation and to help prevent the risks of their going missing in future


appropriate online filtering and monitoring systems
are in place


enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
checks (without barred list checks, unless the governor is also a volunteer at
the school) are in place for all governors

The headteacher

The headteacher
will ensure that:

·
the safeguarding and child protection policy and
related policies and procedures are implemented and followed by all staff


sufficient time, training, support, resources,
including cover arrangements where necessary, is allocated to the DSL and
deputy(ies) to carry out their roles effectively


where there is a safeguarding concern, that the
child’s wishes and feelings are taken into account when determining what action
to take and what services to provide


systems are in place for children to express
their views and give feedback which operate with the best interest of the child
at heart


all staff feel able to raise concerns about poor
or unsafe practice and that such concerns are handled sensitively and in
accordance with the whistle-blowing procedures

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