Some children have an increased risk of abuse, and additional barriers can exist for some children with respect to recognising or disclosing it. We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and recognise children’s diverse circumstances. We ensure that all children have the same protection, regardless of any barriers they may face.
We give special consideration to children who:
Have special educational needs or disabilities
Are young carers
May experience discrimination due to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification or sexuality
Have English as an additional language
Are known to be living in difficult situations – for example, temporary accommodation or where there are issues such as substance abuse or domestic violence
Are at risk of FGM, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, or radicalisation
Are asylum seekers
We maintain an ethos where children feel safe and secure in an environment which allows them to learn, and develop on a journey to achieving their full potential. Children understand that there are adults in the school whom they can talk to if worried, scared or facing difficulty.
We provide frequent, appropriate opportunities for Personal, Social and Health Education throughout the curriculum, ensuring children develop skills and understanding on their journey to adulthood which will enable them to be safe; develop the skills to recognise healthy and unhealthy relationships (both online and in the physical world); and where to find sources of support.
Children are supported in recognising risks in various forms including on the internet. They are supported to understand what kind of physical contact is acceptable and recognise inappropriate pressure from others, including that which threatens their personal safety and well-being and give them strategies to counter this. The school works with the NSPCC in order to raise this awareness and understanding.
We use the mechanisms and services available to understand the range of issues which may make a child vulnerable and ensure children and young people receive the most appropriate support or referral and access to other provision; actively supporting multi agency planning for those children and, in doing so, providing information about the ‘voice of the child’ and the child’s personal experiences and perspectives as evidenced by observations or information provided.
Our school consults with, listens and responds to pupils through:
School groups eg. different council members/ chaplains/ buddies
Pupil voice surveys
Use of the signs of safety ‘three houses model’
My Happy Minds (from January 2018)
CBT counselling (as required)
PEPs in place for LAC pupils
Links with NSPCC and Child Line
Our school consults with, listens and responds to parents through:
Parent voice surveys
Regular parent workshops
Staff on site to support and sign post vulnerable families
Visible presence of senior leaders on the school yard first thing every morning
Quick and easy access to staff when needed
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Safeguarding and child protection is everyone’s responsibility. This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and governors in the school and is consistent with the procedures of MCSB. Our policy and procedures also apply to extended school and off-site activities.
All staff will read and understand part 1 of the Department for Education’s statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and review this guidance at least annually.
All staff will be aware of:
Our systems which support safeguarding, including the staff code of conduct and the role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
The early help process and their role in it, including identifying emerging problems, liaising with the DSL, and sharing information with other professionals to support early identification and assessment
The process for making referrals to local authority children’s social care and for statutory assessments that may follow a referral, including the role they might be expected to play
What to do if they identify a safeguarding issue or a child tells them they are being abused or neglected, including specific issues such as FGM, and how to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality while liaising with relevant professionals
The signs of different types of abuse and neglect, as well as specific safeguarding issues, such as child sexual exploitation (CSE), FGM and radicalisation
The designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
Our DSL is Julie Miles. The DSL takes lead responsibility for child protection and wider safeguarding.
When the DSL is absent, the deputy safeguarding leads (see page 3) – will act as cover.
The DSL will be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to:
Provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters
Take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings and/or support other staff to do so
Contribute to the assessment of children
Refer suspected cases, as appropriate, to the relevant body (local authority children’s social care, Channel programme, Disclosure and Barring Service, and/or police), and support staff who make such referrals directly
The DSL will also liaise with local authority case managers and designated officers for child protection concerns as appropriate.