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Charlton Kings Infants' School

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement – September 2018

Introduction

Charlton Kings Infants' School Governing Body recognises its responsibility, under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure there are adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess and support those children who may be suffering harm. This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004; the Education Act 2002 and in line with statutory guidance: ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (DfE 2018) and ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (DfE 2018). This policy also takes on board procedures and guidance set out by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board.

Definition of Safeguarding

Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and/or development, ensuring that children grow up in the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

Aims of the Schools’ Safeguarding Arrangements

Charlton Kings Infants’ School recognises that all adults, including supply staff, volunteers, non-teaching staff and management committee members, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the welfare of each child is of paramount importance. All staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. Staff and volunteers are particularly well placed to observe possible outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour and failure to develop because they have daily contact with children.

We will do this by:

  • Maintaining and continuing to create an environment in which all children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected and where they can learn and fully develop.
  • Establishing and maintaining an environment where children are encouraged to talk, and are listened to when they have a worry or concern. Ensure children know they can approach staff if they are worried.
  • Establishing and maintaining an environment where school staff, volunteers and visitors are encouraged to share and are listened to when they have concerns about the safety and well being of a child.
  • Ensuring that all staff know the procedures for reporting a concern or making a child protection referral and that staff are well equipped to spot signs of abuse or a child in need of early help for a variety of reasons.
  • Ensuring that any children who have been abused will be supported in line with a child protection plan, where deemed necessary.
  • Including opportunities in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse or from other areas of risk as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. Ensure our children are equipped with the skills they need to keep themselves safe, including keeping safe on line.
  • Contribute to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of children as well as other key aspects of a young person’s well-being (being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being).
  • To ensure that we have suitable staff working within our school by adhering stringently to safer recruitment processes and ensuring any unsuitable behaviour is reported and managed quickly using the Allegations Management procedures.
  • Ensure all staff members maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and that when issues arise about the welfare of a child, staff members always act in the interests of the child.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures document forms part of a suite of documents and policies highlighted below which relate to the safeguarding responsibilities of our school.  These policies are supplemented and enhanced by reference to those provided by Gloucestershire County Council’s HR team and the latest versions of Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Policies

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures
  • Health and Safety
  • Attendance
  • Teaching and Learning
  • SEND
  • Children in Care (CiC) policy
  • Curriculum (including PSHE, Sex and Relationships Education, Drug education)
  • Behaviour and Anti-bullying policy
  • Young Carers policy
  • Equality Policy (includes race, gender, disability etc)
  • Physical intervention and Positive Handling (including the use of Reasonable Force guidelines)
  • Administering medicines; Supporting Children with medical conditions
  • Off-site visits and risk assessments
  • Emergency Plan
  • Lone worker
  • Intimate care
  • Acceptable Use
  • Safer-recruitment policy
  • Site security policy
  • School vehicle and pedestrian policy
  • Whistle Blowing policy (supplemented by GCC Allegations Management procedure)
  • Staff Code of Conduct (supplemented by HR conduct policy)
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer and visitors guidelines
  • Confidentiality

Safeguarding Governor’s Terms of Reference

Hannah Crocker is the Safeguarding Governor and is responsible to the Full Governing Body for ensuring that:

  • the School has an up to date and effective policy for child protection which is available to parents via the website and on request
  • robust and effective recruitment procedures are followed that take into account latest legislation
  • there is monitoring of the effective implementation of the procedures and policies outlined above and that individual responsibilities are discharged correctly
  • all policies and procedures relating to safeguarding matters are reviewed by the Full Governing Body at least annually
  • information is provided to relevant bodies such as Gloucester Safeguarding Children’s Board and Ofsted about how the School has discharged its safeguarding responsibilities
  • a named governor for safeguarding is always in office
  • appropriate arrangements are in place to safeguard children who take part in, or are affected by, the provision of extended services and other school activities that take part outside normal school hours
  • when safeguarding complaints, concerns and deficiencies have been brought to the Governing Body that effective steps are taken, without delay, to address them
  • the ethos of the School promotes positive practice in relation to safeguarding.

The Headteacher (who is also the DSL) is responsible to the Full Governing Body for ensuring that

  • the DSL or DDSL is always available or, if not for any reason, the DSL at CKJS is available to discuss safeguarding concerns (details of our DSL/DDSL's can be found here - https://www.ckis.org.uk/page/?pid=249&action=saved
  • he/she maintains a clear overview of the School’s safeguarding policies and procedures
  • the policies and procedures adopted by the Governing Body with regard to safeguarding are implemented and followed and, where appropriate, records are kept to show that they are
  • the designated member of staff for child protection is provided with appropriate support, in particular provision of sufficient time and resources to discharge their responsibilities, including taking part in inter-agency assessments and meetings
  • appropriate training is in place for staff and other relevant adults
  • in the event of a person leaving the School, whether a member of staff or otherwise, when there are grounds for believing that they may be unsuitable to work with children or may have committed misconduct, that the Independent Safeguarding Authority are made aware of the circumstances
  • risk assessments are carried out and recorded in relation to all School activities including the admission or re-admission of pupils with behaviour that could place themselves or others at risk, and following up and recording each case to ensure that the risk assessments are effective
  • effective steps are taken, in accordance with the appropriate policies and procedures, in the event that the Headteacher receives any safeguarding complaints or concerns
  • all staff, pupils, volunteers or other persons feel able to raise concerns about unsafe or poor safeguarding practice
  • a report is presented to the FGB regarding safeguarding three times a year through the HTs report.

Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding policies will be reviewed annually by the Governing Body. Compliance with these policies will be monitored by the Designated Safeguarding Lead and through staff performance measures. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures will also be monitored and evaluated by: Governing Body members; SLT learning walks; visits to pupils and discussions with children and staff; pupil surveys and questionnaires; scrutiny of attendance data; scrutiny of a range of risk assessments; logs of bullying/racist/behaviour incidents for SLT and HT to monitor; review of any parental concerns and parent questionnaire; school council meetings; working closely with CKJS to review the outcomes of the GSCB/GCC schools annual safeguarding audit document (completed in KS2).

Safeguarding Monitoring

At least once each year, the Safeguarding Governor shall carry out a monitoring review of all of the School’s safeguarding arrangements as part of the School’s monitoring arrangements.  In addition to this CKIS will also employ the services of the GCC Safeguarding Manager to carry out an annual monitoring and audit visit. The purpose of the monitoring reviews is to assure that the School and relevant persons are complying with and conforming to the requirements of this handbook, the School’s policies, and external agencies, and following best practice, with regard to safeguarding. 

The monitoring reviews shall take the form of interview with the Headteacher/DSL and the completion/ review of the GCSB audit.  The purpose of raising findings reports is to facilitate change to overcome any non-compliance, or improvement in practice.