Safeguarding and Child Protection Advice at Chetwynde School
Our School fully recognises the contribution we can make to protect children from harm and to support and promote the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at Chetwynde School. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.
This applies to all pupils, staff, parents, Board members, volunteers and visitors.
Key personnel and details
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection is Steve Jefferson
Tel: 01229 824210
The deputy Designated Lead person is:
Karen Greenall, Deputy Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 01229 824210
The nominated Safeguarding Governor is Dr Simon Mardel
Completed Referral Forms must be given to the DSL if any member of staff has a safeguarding concern.
Immediate emergency referrals made straight to CLSCB Safeguarding Hub – 0333 240 1727
If the designated leads are unavailable or are the subject of a complaint, their duties will be carried out by the Head of School.
Procedures for managing concerns
· Every member of staff including volunteers working with children at our School are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child and have a responsibility to take action as outlined in this leaflet.
· All staff are encouraged to report any concerns that they have and not see these as insignificant. On occasions, a referral is justified by a single incident such as an injury or disclosure of abuse. In these circumstances, it is crucial that staff record and pass on concerns in accordance with this policy to allow the DSL to build up a picture and access support for the child at the earliest opportunity. A reliance on memory without accurate and contemporaneous records of concern could lead to a failure to protect.
· The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) should be used as a first point of contact for concerns and queries regarding any safeguarding concern in our school. Any member of staff or visitor to the School who receives a disclosure of abuse or suspects that a child is at risk of harm must report it immediately using the forms in the staff room to the DSL or, if unavailable, to the deputy Designated Lead.
· If, at any point, there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child a referral should be made to the Safeguarding Board immediately. Anybody can make a referral.
Mandatory reporting duty (FGM)
· From October 2015, where a teacher discovers that an act of Female Genital Mutilation appears to have been carried out on a girl who is aged under 18, there is a statutory duty upon that individual to report it to the police. Failing to report such cases will result in disciplinary sanctions. It will be rare for teachers to see visual evidence of FGM, and they should not be examining students.
The Prevent Duty
· The School will provide a safe environment for discussing controversial issues and helping our students understand how they can participate in decision-making. We will continue to encourage our students to express their views but we will also teach them to appreciate the impact their views can have on others, to take responsibility for their actions and to understand that the use of violence to further any cause is criminal. We also need to recognise that young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, including via the internet, from an early age and will monitor their use of the internet at school and assess risk of radicalisation through this. Any concerns re radicalisation should be treated in the same way as any other safeguarding concern.
There will be occasion when some form of physical contact is inevitable. The following policies are available as references from the School Office or staff room:
· Code of Professional Conduct
· Policy for Physical Contact and Restrictive Intervention
· Intimate Care Policy
· A list of staff that have accessed Positive Handling Training is kept by the HoS and SMT.
If staff, visitors, volunteers or parent helpers are working with children alone they will, wherever possible, be visible to other adults. They will be expected to inform another member of staff of their whereabouts in School, who they are with and for how long. Doors should have a clear glass panel in them or be left open. All staff and visitors wear a lanyard. Visitors collect the lanyard when signing in at Reception and hand it back when signing out. All external doors have a four-digit protected lock, the codes of which