Golders Hill School
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Date; April 2016
Designated Members of Staff
Safeguarding Lead Professional: Margaret Mc Daid
Deputy Safeguarding Professional: Jan Gibbs
Local Authority Designated Officer
is Shrimatie Bissessar (LADO)
020 8359 4528
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
020 8359 4066
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The setting’s Safeguarding Policy draws upon duties conferred by the Children Act 1989 and 2004, S175 of the 2002 Education Act. The Education (Independent School Standards ) Regulation 2014 (for independent schools) and the guidance contained in “Working Together to Safeguard Children”, the DfE’s statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”, Ofsted Guidance and procedures produced by the London Safeguarding Children Board.
This policy is applicable to all on and off-site activities undertaken by pupils whilst they are the responsibility of the setting.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
This policy is consistent with all other policies adopted by the setting and should in particular be read in conjunction with the following policies relevant to the safety and welfare of children:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to the process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing the impairment of their health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe, effective and nurturing care and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Roles and responsibilities
The Safeguarding Lead Professional is Margaret Mc Daid.
The Deputy Safeguarding Professional is Jan Gibbs.
The setting will ensure that the Designated Members of Staff
Good practice guidelines
To meet and maintain our responsibilities towards children, the setting agrees to the following standards of good practice:
Children’s dignity will be preserved and a level of privacy ensured. The normal process of nappy changing should not raise child protection concerns. There are no regulations that indicate that a second member of staff must be available to supervise the nappy changing process to ensure that abuse does not occur, but we must ensure that staff do not leave themselves vulnerable and will always work in an open environment by avoiding private or unobserved situations or closing doors to toilet areas.
Safer School, Safer Staff
Organisational, personal or professional difficulties can get in the way of protecting children.
Use of Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are strictly prohibited from the children’s rooms and outdoor areas. Staff are required to keep their phones switched off and in their bags whilst on duty. Any member of staff known or seen to be using a mobile phone will be disciplined. Parents, carers, visitors, support staff and volunteers are requested to turn their mobile phones off or put them in their bags before entering 666. At 678 mobile phones must be switched off or put away at the gate.
Cameras, photography and images
The vast majority of people who take or view photographs or videos of children do so for entirely innocent, understandable and acceptable reasons. Sadly, some people abuse children through taking or using images so we must ensure that we have safeguards in place. To protect children we will:
Procedure and Responsibilities – Any Staff member
The procedure route will depend upon the urgency of the situation and whether it is merely a suspicion of abuse or an actual disclosure.
Suspicion of abuse: If through conversation or other contact with a child, a staff member has reason to suspect physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect, they should do the following:
Disclosure If a child discloses that she/he has been afraid in some way, the member of staff should:
Guidelines for Designated Safeguarding Professionals (DSP’s)
All information and actions taken, including the reasons for any decisions made, should be fully documented. All referrals should be accompanied by a referral form.
Social care is always available to offer advice to designated safeguarding staff if action needed is unclear.
If at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral should be made immediately. All referrals are made to Barnet’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Anybody can make a referral.
If the child’s situation does not appear to be improving the person with concerns should press for re-consideration. Concerns should always lead to help for the child at some point.
Golders Hill School is committed to the process of creating a culture of safe recruitment and as part of that, adopt recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who may abuse children. The school will require all adults employed on the premises to have the appropriate clearance to work with children and will ensure that enhanced checks are/have been obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where someone is to be employed within a regulated activity (as defined within Schedule 4 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) The enhanced DBS check will include a barred check list.
Any person to be employed within a teaching position will have been checked to ensure they are not subject to a prohibition order.
Any parent or other person/organisation engaged by the school to work in a voluntary capacity with pupils will be subjected to all reasonable vetting procedures and Criminal Records Checks. There is no legal requirement to obtain DBS certificates for volunteers who are not in regulated activity but an enhanced DBS check without a barred list check may be requested following a risk assessment. Volunteers will be subject to the same code of conduct as paid employees of the school.
Allegations against a member of staff
All staff understand that child protection issues warrant a high level of confidentiality, not only out of respect for the child and staff involved but also to ensure that being released into the public domain does not compromise evidence. Staff should only discuss concerns with the designated persons or Head Teacher. That person will then decide who else needs to have the information and they will disseminate it on a “need-to-know” basis.
Whole-school in-service training on safeguarding issues is organised on a three yearly basis. CP INSET training took place in July 2015. All newly recruited staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be appraised of this policy and will be required to attend LA Safeguarding training. In addition, all new staff and temporary staff will be required to attend an induction session with the Safeguarding Lead Professional or Deputy Safeguarding Professional within their first week at the setting. Any volunteers will require a Safeguarding summary prior to starting at the school.
The Designated Safeguarding Professionals will attend the LA’s dedicated induction course and then refresher training at least every two years which updates their awareness and understanding of the impact of the wider agenda of safeguarding issues.
Well kept records are essential to good Safeguarding Practice. Our setting is clear about the need to record any concerns held about a child or children within our setting, the status of such records and when those records should be passed over to other agencies.
Any records regarding safeguarding and child protection are kept securely in the Head Teacher’s office.
Recognising concerns, signs and indicators of abuse
To recognise that our children are protected from harm, we need to understand what types of behaviour constitute abuse and neglect. We will ensure all staff understands their responsibilities in being alert to indicators of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated professionals for safeguarding and child protection.
There are four categories of abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. These categories overlap and an abused child does frequently suffer more than one type of abuse.
Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child (this used to be called Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, but now is usually referred to as fabricated or induced illness).
Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child, such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may also involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only for meeting the needs of another person. It may feature age – or developmentally –inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying, causing children to frequently feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some levels of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, although it may occur alone.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative and non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at or in the production of pornographic material or watching sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in a sexually inappropriate way.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance misuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food and clothing or shelter, including exclusion from home or abandonment:; failing to protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; failing to ensure adequate supervision, including the use of inadequate care-takers; or the failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It has no health benefits and harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue and hence interferes with the natural function of girls’ and women’s bodies. FGM causes severe pain and has several immediate and long-term health consequences, including difficulty in childbirth also causing dangers to the child. It is practised by families for a variety of complex reasons but often in the belief that it is beneficial for the girl or women. FGM is practised in 28 African countries as well as in parts of the Middle East and Asia. The practice is illegal in the UK. It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. The girls may be taken to their countries of origin so that FGM can be carried out during the summer holidays, allowing them time to “heal” before they return to school. Some girls may have FGM performed in the UK. FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on specified authorities, including local authorities and childcare, education and other children’s services providers, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism (“The Prevent Duty”). Young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, in particular those via the internet and other social media. Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol.
If there is an allegation of abuse against the Head Teacher, it should be reported to:-
London Borough of Barnet
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (Mash)
Tel: 0208 359 4066