Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Policy last reviewed: September 2022
Reviewed by: Matthew Ascroft
Agreed by governors: September
Shared with staff: September 2022
Frequency of review: Annually
Date of next review: September 2023
Head Teacher: Matthew Ascroft
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Matthew Ascroft
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Lucy Pater (Deputy Head), Rebecca Fenlon (Family Team) Michele Rowland (Family Team)
Named Governor for Safeguarding: Mr S Hussain
Chair of Governors: Mr Bill Gallagher
Local Authority Designated Officer: David Stansfield (Temporary) Fran Fossick, from November 2021
Telephone number: 0247 697 8499
Designated Lead for Looked After and Previously Looked-After Children:
Lucy Pater DDSL/Deputy Head Teacher
Early Help Assessment Co-ordinator : Lucy Minett Lucy.email@example.com Harmony Family Hub
Local Authority designated officer: Lado@coventry.gov.uk
MASH : MASH@coventry.gov.uk or 024-76788555
MASH Education Representative: Claire McElroy firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Duty Team: 024 7683 2222
3 Roles and Responsibilities
4 Types of Abuse
5 Responding to signs of abuse
6 Record-keeping .
7 Photography and Images
8 Early Help Assessment
9 Staff Training
10 Safer Recruitment
11 Allegations of abuse against staff
12 Promoting safeguarding and welfare in the curriculum
13 Children Looked After
14 Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or physical health needs
15 Use of reasonable force
16 Alternative Provision
Appendix B – Further Safeguarding information
1.1 ‘Safeguarding’ is defined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022) as;
1.2 ‘Child Protection’ is the intervention that occurs when children have been significantly harmed or are at risk of significant harm.
1.3 ‘Child’ refers to everyone under the age of 18.
1.4 ‘Parent’ refers to birth parents and other adults in a parenting role for example adoptive parents, step parents and foster carers.
1.5 ‘Staff’ or ‘members of staff’ refers to all teaching, non-teaching, support, supply, peripatetic, contract staff, governors, volunteers and trustees working in or on behalf of Stoke Primary School.
1.6 Within this policy, we use the term ‘victim’, although it is recognised that not everyone considers themselves to be a victim or would want to be described in this way. We also recognise the importance of not using the terminology of ‘perpetrator’ in relation to children in cases where the behaviour can be harmful to both parties. The appropriate use of terminology will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
2.1 We recognise that safeguarding, child protection, and promoting the welfare of children is an essential part of our duty of care to all students. As such, all staff and governors have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. We understand that safeguarding, child protection and promoting the welfare of all children is everyone’s responsibility and that everyone has a role to play in protecting children. We recognise that our school is part of a wider safeguarding system for children and work closely with other agencies to promote the welfare of children. We maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ and will consider what is in the best interests of each child in line and upholding the Human Rights Act 1998 and Equality Act 2010.
2.2 The purpose of this policy is to;
2.3 Stoke Primary School is committed to the following principles;
2.4 Safeguarding aims
2.4.1 The safeguarding aims of Stoke Primary School, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022) are to;
2.5 This policy adheres to the following documents;
2.6 We continue to work closely with the Local Authority and the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership to safeguard children during the Coronavirus outbreak.
2.7 Please note that there are a number of other documents (statutory and non-statutory) that inform our policy and practice. A list of these can be found in Annex B of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022).
2.8 This policy should be read in conjunction with the following policies;
2.9.1 This policy applies to all teaching, non-teaching, support, supply, peripatetic, contract staff, governors, volunteers and trustees working in or on behalf of Stoke Primary School. All references in this document to ‘staff’ or ‘members of staff’ should be interpreted as relating to the aforementioned unless otherwise stated.
2.9.2 Rather than duplicating content from Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022) in this policy, it should be understood that Stoke Primary School will always refer to this document as the benchmark for all safeguarding practice.
3 Roles and Responsibilities
3.1 The Role of the Governing Body and/or Proprietors
3.1.1 Governing Board have a strategic leadership responsibility for our safeguarding arrangements. We have a senior board level lead role carried out by Shaukat Hussain. Part 2 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022) sets out the responsibilities of governing bodies. As part of these overarching responsibilities the Governing Body will;
3.2. The Role of the Headteacher
3.2.1 The headteacher will;
3.3 The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
3.3.1 The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Stoke Primary School is Matthew Ascroft (Head Teacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead in the DSL’s absence is Lucy Pater (DHT), Rebecca Fenlon (Family Team), Michele Rowland (Family Team).
The Designated Safeguarding Lead will;
3.3.2 Further details on the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead can be found in Annex C of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022).
3.4 The Role & Responsibilities of all Staff within School
3.4.1 School staff play a particularly important role because they are in a position to identify concerns early in order to provide help for children. All staff in Stoke Primary School;
3.5 Multi-Agency Working
3.5.1 The school is committed to multi-agency working and operates under Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and local safeguarding arrangements.
3.5.2 The school will work with Children’s Services the Police, Health services, local Early Help practitioners and other relevant agencies to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
3.5.3 We work closely with our local Family Hub to ensure children receive appropriate, Early Help Assessment co-ordinator Lucy.email@example.com
3.5.4 The Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) have designated that schools and colleges are a named ‘relevant agency’. As such, the school is under a statutory duty to co-operate with published CSCP arrangements.
4 Types of abuse
4.1 As outlined above, all staff will be trained in indicators of abuse, exploitation and neglect and should be able to recognise signs of these. We recognise that abuse, exploitation and neglect along with other safeguarding issues are complex and often multidimensional and therefore don’t fall solely under one category. Types of abuse or harm can take many forms including directly inflicting harm on a child or failing to protect a child from harm online as well as face to face both inside and outside of the school/college as well as the multi-faceted occurrence of factors causing emotional harm.
The four main types of abuse that staff are trained to recognise are;
4.1.1 Children who are Lesbian, Gay, Bi or Trans (LGBT+)
The fact that a child or a young person may be LGBT is not in itself an inherent risk factor for harm. However, children who are LGBT can be targeted by other children. In some cases, a child who is perceived by other children to be LGBT (whether they are or not) can be just as vulnerable as children who identify as LGBT.
Risks can be compounded where children who are LGBT lack a trusted adult with whom they can be open. It is therefore vital that staff endeavour to reduce the additional barriers faced and provide a safe space for them to speak out or share their concerns with members of staff.
LGBT inclusion is part of the statutory Relationships Education, Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education curriculum and there is a range of support available to help schools counter homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and abuse
4.2 Types of abuse (Taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2022)
Type of abuse
A form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Harm can include ill treatment that is not physical as well as the impact of witnessing ill treatment of others. This can be particularly relevant, for example, in relation to the impact on children of all forms of domestic abuse. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others. Abuse can take place wholly online, or technology may be used to facilitate offline abuse. Children may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
A form of abuse which 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.
The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a 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 (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.
Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse. Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.
The sexual abuse of children by other children is a specific safeguarding issue in education and all staff should be aware of this and of the Stoke Primary School policy and procedures for dealing with this.
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, for example, as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to: provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
4.4 If a child is in immediate danger or at risk of harm, a referral will be made to children’s services (through the MASH) and any member of staff can make this referral. A Designated or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead should be available at all times, but in exceptional circumstances the member of staff should speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team or seek advice directly from Children’s Service and then take appropriate action. The Designated Safeguarding Lead should be made aware as soon as possible.
4.5 Staff, parents and the wider community should report any concerns that they have about the welfare of children, however minor or seemingly insignificant. Staff should not assume that someone else will report concerns.
4.6 The school recognises that any child can be the victim of abuse and may benefit from early help. However, the school will be particularly vigilant to potential need for early help if a child;
4.7 Stoke Primary School recognises that abuse can take many different forms. Staff will also receive training on the following issues and action will be taken if Stoke Primary School believes that a child is at risk of or is the victim of;
4.8 Stoke Primary School will also take action to protect;
4.8.1 There are other familial issues that can have a detrimental impact on children.
We work with other agencies in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022) to support children and families in the following circumstances;
4.9 Children potentially at greater risk of harm
4.9.1 Stoke Primary School recognises that some children need a social worker due to abuse, neglect or complex family circumstances and that abuse and trauma can leave children vulnerable to further harm, as well as educational disadvantage.
4.9.2 The Designated Safeguarding Lead will hold information relating to social workers working with children in the school.
4.9.3 This information will inform decisions about safeguarding and promoting welfare (including the provision of pastoral and/or academic support).
4.10 Children missing from Education
4.10.1 Stoke Primary School understands that children missing from education can be a vital warning sign to a variety of safeguarding concerns including neglect, child sexual and criminal exploitation.
4.10.2 Stoke Primary School will report information to the Local Authority when problems are first emerging and always, should this result in the removal of a child from roll.
4.11 Elective Home Education
4.11.1 Stoke Primary School recognises that many home educated children have a positive learning experience and the decision is one with the child’s best interests at heart.
4.11.2 Since 2016, Stoke Primary School has a statutory duty to inform the Local Authority of all deletions from roll. When Elective Home Education is the reason for this removal, the Local authority and other key professionals will work alongside Stoke Primary School to coordinate a meeting with parents where possible ideally before a final decision is made.
4.12 Mental Health
4.12.1 The school recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children includes preventing the impairment of children’s mental health or development.
4.12.2 All staff will be aware that mental health problems may be an indicator that a child is suffering or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation.
4.12.3 Staff will not attempt to make a diagnosis of a mental health problem unless they are appropriately trained.
4.12.4 We recognise that staff are well-placed to observe behaviour that may indicate that a child is experiencing a mental health problem, or is at risk of developing one. There are clear systems and processes in place for identifying possible mental health problems. If staff are concerned that a child is suffering a mental health problem, they should refer to the Mental Health and Well Being Policy or speak with a member of the Mental Health First Aid Team – See Section 4.12.6
4.12.5 If staff are concerned that a child is experiencing a mental health problem that is also a safeguarding concern, they must report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) immediately.
4.12.6 Stoke Primary School is committed to the support of good Mental Health for all members of the school community. We consider this to be the responsibility of a team rather than one person.
Mental Health First Aid – Matthew Ascroft, Rebecca Fenlon, Carla Lapworth, Rhiann McGarrity
Youth Mental Health First Aid – Michele Rowland, Callum Morrow, Sarah Morris, Ellie Collins
4.12.7 Further information, guidance and advice regarding mental health can be found on page 44 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022.
5 Responding to signs of abuse
5.1 If a member of staff, parent or member of the public is concerned about a child’s welfare, they should report it to the designated safeguarding lead as soon as possible. On occasions when the designated safeguarding lead is not available, it should be reported to the deputy safeguarding lead without delay. Although any member of staff can make a referral to Children’s Services where possible there should be a conversation with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
5.2 If anyone other than the Designated Safeguarding Lead makes a referral to Children’s Services or to the police, they should inform the DSL as soon as possible.
5.3 All staff will be alert to indicators of abuse and will report any of the following to the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately;
5.4 There will be occasions where a child discloses/alleges abuse directly to a member of staff. If this happens, the member of staff will;
5.5 The designated safeguarding lead will make a decision about the action that needs to be taken following a member of staff raising a concern about a child, or following a direct disclosure recording a clear rationale. The DSL may consider the following options;
5.6 For further information about the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership’s ‘Right Help, Right Time’ guidance, which is used by Stoke Primary School to make decisions about protecting children, please visit http://www.coventry.gov.uk/righthelprighttime.
5.7 See page 24 for flowchart of actions that will be taken where there are concerns about a child (taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2022).
5.8 In cases where members of staff become aware that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been carried out on a female below the age of 18, they have a mandatory duty to report this to the police without delay and will do so. Staff should refer this to the DSL first, but the legislation requires regulated health and Children’s Service professionals and teachers in England and Wales to make a report to the police where, in the course of their professional duties, they either;
If you believe a child is at risk of FGM, a referral to the MASH is also required.
5.9 Stoke Primary School have a duty to refer any children who are living in a private fostering arrangement to the local authority. Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (or under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, expected to last 28 days or more, or the school are aware the 28 days has been exceeded.
5.10 All schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in the exercise of their functions to have “due regard” to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. See Appendix B for further information on Stoke Primary School’s Prevent duty.
5.11 If any member of staff is unsure about signs of abuse or neglect, they should speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
5.12 Child on Child Abuse
5.12.1 Stoke Primary School understands that both adults and other children can perpetrate abuse, and can happen inside and outside of school, online or face to face. Child on Child abuse is taken very seriously and can include bullying (including cyber-bullying, prejudice-based and discriminatory bullying), abuse in intimate personal relationships between children, physical abuse, sharing of consensual or non-consensual images of videos, causing someone to engage in sexual activity without consent, sexual violence and/or harassment, upskirting, and initiation/hazing ceremonies. The school recognise that safeguarding issues can manifest as child-on-child abuse. (Include Behaviour policy with mention to sexual violence and sexual harassment)
5.12.2 All members of staff will be made aware of the school’s policy and procedures with regards to child-on-child abuse. Stoke Primary School will ensure staff understand what is meant by child-on-child abuse and the school policy on child-on-child abuse by...
5.12.3 Stoke Primary School will work to prevent child on child abuse by following procedures within the school Anti-bullying policy and Guidelines
5.12.4 Although it is recognised that if there are no reported cases, such abuse may still be taking place. If an allegation of child-on-child abuse is made, the school will investigate this (include how the school will carry out this investigation, record it and deal with the outcomes)
5.12.5 In the event that an allegation of child-on-child abuse is made, victims, alleged perpetrators and any other children affected will be supported, in line with any findings of the internal investigation. The support strategies will be tailored to the incident. A referral to the MASH will be considered separately for each child.
5.12.6 Stoke Primary School will never pass off child on child abuse as ‘banter’, ‘having a laugh. ‘part of growing up’ or other such termination that does not recognise the harm caused. This should be a Zero-tolerance approach as this could lead to a culture of unacceptable behaviours. It is recognised with this, that all child-on-child abuse is unacceptable and will be taken seriously.
5.12.7 Stoke Primary School is not a Boarding schools or residential setting.
5.12.8 Stoke Primary School will adhere to guidance set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022) and Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in Schools (September 2021) when responding to incidents of child-on-child abuse.
5.12.9 All staff will be made aware that ‘upskirting’ is a criminal offence.
5.13 Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)
5.13.1 Both CSE and CCE are forms of abuse that occur when an individual or group take advantage of an imbalance in power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child into taking part in sexual or criminal activity, in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator through violence or threat of violence. CCE and CSE can affect both males and females and can include children that have been moved for the purpose of exploitation (trafficking).
5.13.2 CCE can include children being forced or manipulated into transporting drugs or money through county lines, working in cannabis factories, shoplifting or pickpocketing, vehicle crime, threatening violence on others or even carrying weapons.
5.13.3 The school is responsible for recognising children involved in CCE are victims of exploitation and should be recognised as such due to the the harm they have experienced even if they appear to have consented to the criminal activity.
5.13.4 CSE is a form of child sexual abuse including physical contact and non-contact online activities including the internet or by phone. This can happen over time or as a one off and may happen without the child recognising this as abuse or harmful.
5.13.5 The school recognises that children of the age of 16 and 17 who can legally consent to a sexual relationship may also be the victims of CSE but may not recognise this.
5.14 Sharing of consensual or non-consensual nude and semi-nude images or videos
5.14.1 “Sharing of consensual or non-consensual nude and semi-nude images or videos” refers to any sharing of youth-produced sexual imagery between children. This includes;
5.14.2 The school has a responsibility to educate children in the risks relating to ‘sharing consensual or non-consensual nude images or videos’ and how to keep themselves safe online. (https://www.stoke.coventry.sch.uk/policies/ ).
5.14.3 Any incidents or suspected incidents of ‘sharing consensual or non-consensual nude images or videos’ should be reported to the DSL without delay.
5.14.4 Once reported to the DSL, the DSL will decide on the appropriate course of action. This could include;
5.14.5 Any incidents of ‘sharing consensual or non-consensual nude images or videos’ involving the following will result in a MASH and sometimes a Police referral;
5.14.6 Staff will not view images or videos on pupil devices. Confiscated devices will be stored securely and passed to the relevant agencies.
5.14.7 We will work with parents as necessary if their child is involved in the sharing of consensual or non-consensual nude images or videos.
5.14.8 We operate a culture of safeguarding and young people should feel confident to disclose if they have sent an inappropriate image of themselves. Children will always be supported to retrieve and delete the images.
5.15 Domestic Abuse
5.15.1 Domestic abuse can be a single incident or a pattern of incidents. It can also include psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional acts of abuse.
.15.2 Stoke Primary School recognises that children can be a victim of Domestic Abuse by seeing, hearing or experiencing the effects or suffering domestic abuse in their own personal relationships. These all have a detrimental impact on children’s health, well-being, development and ability to learn. Stoke Primary School utilises Operation Encompass to ensure we have the most relevant information.
5.16 Searching, Screening and Confiscation
5.16.1 Where necessary, searching, screening and confiscation will be used to safeguard a child/children in Stoke Primary School.
5.16.2 Stoke Primary School adheres to ‘Searching, Screening and Confiscation: Advice for Schools (January 2018).
5.13.3 Please see searching, screening and confiscation policy https://www.stoke.coventry.sch.uk/safeguarding-policies/ .
5.17 Online Safety
5.17.1 The school recognises that in today’s world, children need to be safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material with many children having unlimited and unrestricted access to the internet via their mobile phone. The breadth of issues can be categorised currently into four areas of risk as taken from Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022:
5.17.2 Stoke Primary School understand that the above can take place on a students phone or smart device (including smart watches) whilst at school/college or elsewhere. The school have responded to this by having a whole school approach to online safety which aims to protect and educate students, parents and staff in their use of technology. Reference the Behaviour Policy, Acceptable use policy, PSHE Policy for further information.
5.17.3 The school has also established mechanisms to identify, intervene in and escalate any concerns highlighted through our filter and monitoring systems for both staff and students. The effectiveness of this is regularly reviewed with staff aware of how to escalate concerns.
5.18 To raise concerns about children, members of staff should contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) by telephone to discuss the referral. They should then complete the online Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) and submit this to the MASH. The school will follow up referrals if we do not receive feedback from Children’s Services to ascertain the outcome of all referrals.
MASH Telephone number: 02476 788 555
MASH online referral form: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/safeguardingchildren
Out of hours Emergency Duty Team: 02476 832 222
Prevent/Channel Referrals: Refer to MASH (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to CTU_GATEWAY@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
5.18.1 If a child’s situation does not appear to be improving following a referral, the school may re-refer the child. We will also consider using the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Managing Professional Disagreements policy to ensure that our concerns have been addressed and that the situation improves for the child.
6.1 All concerns, discussions and decision made will be recorded in writing and kept confidential and stored securely.
6.2 A written record of all safeguarding and/or child protection concerns, discussions and decisions made will be kept in individual children’s files. This will be separate from the main school file and will only be accessed by the relevant safeguarding staff.
6.3 Stoke Primary School keeps all safeguarding files electronically, using a system called CPOMs.
6.4 Staff will submit all concerns in writing to the DSL at the earliest opportunity. This may be after having a verbal conversation, but conversations will also be followed up in writing.
6.5 In the event that a child moves school, the safeguarding file will be transferred to the new setting securely and separately from the main school file in a timely manner (5 days). Once received by the new school, this school will not retain the information.
6.6 The school will seek to hold at least two emergency contacts for every child.
6.7 All data processed by Stoke Primary School is done so in line with the General Data Protection Guidelines and the Data Protection Act (2018). Please see the following policies for additional information;
6.8 Further information regarding information sharing and data processing in relation to safeguarding can be found in Part One of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022).
7 Photography and Images
7.1 Consent from parents to photograph children at school events for promotional reasons will be sought when the child joins Stoke Primary School.
7.2 Parents can withdraw consent at any time and must notify Stoke Primary School if they do not wish their child’s photographs to be used.
7.3 Photographs of children used publicly will not be displayed with their name or other identifiable personal information.
7.4 Photographs of children will be processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulation.
8 Early Help Assessment
8.1 Stoke Primary School is committed to supporting families as soon as a possible problem arises. It is more effective to support a family through early help than reacting to a problem later. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers have a role to play in safeguarding children. Stoke Primary School is committed to working closely with its neighbouring family hub to work with families in the community to improve outcomes for children.
Harmony Family Hub, Clifton Street, Hillfields Coventry
8.2 Stoke Primary School works within the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership’s ‘Right Help, Right Time’ framework, available on the CSCP website.
9 Staff training
9.1 In order for staff to be able to understand and discharge their safeguarding and child protection duties, Stoke Primary School has committed to training staff throughout the academic year. All staff members will be made aware of Stoke Primary School’s safeguarding processes and structures and will receive training on these as part of their induction. As part of this training and their annual refresher, they will also receive;
9.2 Staff at Stoke Primary School will provide CPD for leaders and staff through the following
9.3 Stoke Primary School recognise that children may engage in risky behaviours that may put them at additional risk of danger. These can include drug taking, alcohol abuse, truanting and the sharing of consensual or non-consensual nude images or videos. Staff will also be trained in these areas in order to be able to further recognise if a child is at risk of harm.
9.4 All staff are aware that children may not feel ready or know how to tell someone that they are being abused, exploited, or neglected, and/or they may not recognise their experiences as harmful. For example, children may feel embarrassed, humiliated, or being threatened. This could be due to their vulnerability, disability and/or sexual orientation or language barriers. This should not prevent staff from having a professional curiosity and speaking to the DSL if they have concerns about a child. It is also important that staff determine how best to build trusted relationships with children and young people which facilitate communication.
10 Safer Recruitment
10.1 Stoke Primary School is committed to providing children with a safe environment, in which they can learn. We take safer recruitment seriously and all staff are subject to the following checks;
10.2 A record of all checks completed for members of staff will be recorded on the Single Central Record.
10.3 All new members of staff will be required to obtain DBS clearance. Stoke Primary School reserves the right to re-check DBS clearance for any member of staff where information is received that indicates they may pose a risk to children and may request candidates to register on the DBS update service.
10.4 At least one member of every interview panel will have undertaken Safer Recruitment training which it is recommended is refreshed every 2 years.
10.5 We take proportionate decisions on whether to check individuals above and beyond what is legally required dependant on individual circumstance.
10.6 Any visitor to the school who has not been subject to the necessary checks will be supervised at all times and a risk assessment completed.
10.7 All safer recruitment practices at Stoke Primary School comply with Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022). See Part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022) for further information. See Safer Recruitment policy for further details.
11 Allegations of abuse against staff
11.1 - Complaints Procedure
Stoke Primary School operates a complaint procedure which will be followed where a pupil or parent raises a concern about poor practice towards a pupil that initially does not reach the threshold for child protection action. Poor practice examples include unfairly singling out a pupil or attempting to humiliate them, bullying or belittling a pupil or discriminating against them in some way. Complaints are managed by the headteacher, other members of the senior leadership team and governors.
Complaints from staff are dealt with under the school’s complaints and disciplinary and grievance procedures. (Also refer to Low level concerns)
Complaints which escalate into a child protection concern will automatically be managed under the school’s child protection procedures.
11.2 Allegations or concerns may include
11.3 If a concern or allegation of abuse arises against the Headteacher or should there be a conflict of interest to the Headteacher, it must be immediately reported to the Chair of Governors.
11.4 If a concern or allegation of abuse arises against any member of staff, supply teacher, volunteer or
contractor other that the Headteacher, it must be reported to the Headteacher without delay.
11.5 Concerns or allegations of abuse against staff must be reported to the Headteacher or Chair of Governors as appropriate and not discussed directly with the person involved.
11.6 The Headteacher or Chair of Governors should consider if the concern or allegation meets the harms threshold for Designated Officer intervention and seek guidance/advice if unsure by emailing email@example.com. The details of the LADo can be found of the front of this policy. Immediate referrals can be made via the following link
11.6.1 ‘Low-level’ concern does not mean it is not significant. This is a term used for any concern (no matter how small) that an adult working with a child may have breached the staff Code of Conduct and does not meet the harm threshold. Examples of which may include:
11.7 Concerns relating to a position of trust issue will be referred to the Local Authority designated officer within 24 hours.
11.7.1 - In accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, the school will make every effort to maintain confidentiality and guard against unwanted publicity while an allegation is being investigated or considered.
11.8 If a child has suffered or may have suffered abuse or harm, a MASH referral will also be made.
11.9 In the instances where an allegation is dealt with internally, the Local Authority designated officer will provide information and support to Stoke Primary School in managing the allegation.
11.10 A referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service will be made if a member of staff is dismissed or removed from their post as a result of safeguarding concerns, irrespective of whether they have resigned.
11.11 Supply Teachers and all contracted staff
11.11.1 Although the school does not directly employ supply teachers and contractors, the school will ensure that any concerns or allegations are referred to LADO and the relevant agency informed as the employer.
11.11.2 The school will never cease to use a supply teacher for safeguarding reasons without liaising with the Local Authority Designated Officer and reaching an agreed outcome.
11.11.3 Governing bodies/proprietors will liaise with the supply agency to determine whether to suspend or redeploy the supply teacher whilst they carry out their investigation.
11.11.4 The school will inform supply agencies of its process for managing allegations, including inviting the agency’s human resource manager (or equivalent) to meetings and regularly updating agencies on relevant school policies. The school will usually take the lead because agencies do not have direct contact with children or staff, so will not be able to gather information.
11.12.1 If an allegation or concern is about a Governor, the school/college will follow local procedures.
11.13.1 Risk assessments and a DBS check will be requested for all volunteers. Under no circumstances will a volunteer prior to satisfactory checks being completed be alone with children unsupervised or allowed to work in regulated activity.
11.14.1 Stoke Primary School operates a culture of safeguarding, and all staff should report any concerns about poor or unsafe practice or Stoke Primary School’s safeguarding processes to the senior leadership team.
11.14.2 Appropriate whistleblowing procedures are in place whereby the senior leadership team will take all concerns seriously.
11.14.3 In the event that a member of staff is unable to raise an issue with senior leadership in school, they should refer to Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education for additional guidance on whistleblowing procedures.
12 Promoting safeguarding and welfare in the curriculum
12.1 Stoke Primary School recognises the importance of teaching children how to stay safe and look after their mental health and are committed to equipping children with the skills and knowledge to have successful and happy lives.
12.2 The school will teach children about safeguarding, including online safety through the Protective Behaviours Programme and the PSHE Curriculum.
12.3 Schools and colleges play a crucial role in preventative education. Preventative education is most effective in the context of a whole-school or college approach that prepares pupils and students for life in modern Britain and creates a culture of zero tolerance for sexism, misogyny/misandry, homophobia, bi-phobic and sexual violence/harassment. The school/college will have a clear set of values and standards, upheld and demonstrated throughout all aspects of school/college life. These will be underpinned by the school/college’s behaviour policy and pastoral support system, as well as by a planned programme of evidence based RSHE delivered in regularly timetabled lessons and reinforced throughout the whole curriculum (RSHE)
12.3 Children at Stoke Primary School will receive the following as part of our promotion of safeguarding across the curriculum:
12.4 Education at home and remote education is supported through the Stoke Primary School Home learning Policy which is activated as and when required.
13 Children Looked After
13.1 The most common reason for children to be looked-after is because they have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Stoke Primary School recognises that children looked after may have additional vulnerabilities by virtue of this. The Designated Lead for Looked-After and Previously Looked-After Children is Lucy Pater – DDSL and Deputy Head Teacher.
13.2 Staff will receive training on how to best safeguard children who are Looked-After and who have been Previously Looked-After.
13.3 The school will work with Personal Advisors when children leave care (where applicable).
13.4 Stoke Primary School is committed to working with other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for Looked-After and Previously Looked-After children.
14 Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or physical health needs
14.1 As outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022), Stoke Primary School is aware that children with additional needs or disabilities may be more vulnerable to abuse both online and offline and additional barriers may exist when recognising abuse and neglect. This could be because;
14.2 Any reports of abuse involving children with SEND will therefore require close liaison with the designated safeguarding lead and SENCO. Staff will also be trained in recognising signs of abuse in children with SEN and disabilities or certain medical conditions.
14.3 Staff will take into account the needs of a child when responding to concerns of abuse or when taking a disclosure. We recognise that some children require specialist intervention to communicate and advice from the SENCO will be sought in these circumstances.
14.4 Safeguarding learning opportunities within the curriculum will be appropriately differentiated to ensure all children can access it.
15 Use of reasonable force
15.1 There may be occasions when staff are required to use reasonable force to safeguard children. We will not use any more force than is proportionate and necessary.
Stoke Primary School utilises the systems and methodology from Team Teach, and its associated methods for recording any incidents.
16 - Alternative Provision
Stoke Primary School will continue to be responsible for the safeguarding of Students placed with an alternative provision provider and will be satisfied that this provider meets the needs of the pupil. Written confirmation from the provider that appropriate safeguarding checks have been carried out will be sought on individuals working at the establishment, i.e. those checks that the school would otherwise perform in respect of its own staff.
16.2 The DSL will continue to have oversight of all pupils accessing any part of their learning from an alternative provider or delivery online or offsite provided by any organisation or individual not employed by the school. The DSL will ensure that robust arrangements are in place for timely and effective information sharing of safeguarding information between the school and alternative/external providers.
16.3 The DSL will also take responsibility for ensuring that robust procedures are in place to confirm attendance and to enable the swift reporting of non-attendance and children going missing from alternative/ external providers at any time when they should be with that provider.
17.1 Stoke Primary School is committed to safeguarding children and will always make safeguarding decisions that are in the best interests of each child. For further information or if you have any queries about this policy, please contact the school.
The school’s safeguarding policy is intended to be used in conjunction with the following policies;
All Policies can be found through the school website - https://www.stoke.coventry.sch.uk/policies/
The school adheres to Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership Policies, which can be found here:
Appendix B – Further Safeguarding Information
Types of Abuse
As outlined in paragraph 4.4, the school will take action if we believe a child is at risk of or is suffering from abuse. Abuse is not limited to physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect. For further information on the definitions of the types of abuse below, please refer to Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022), Annex A.
See below for policy information relating to other key safeguarding issues. All decisions taken in responding to concerns of abuse will be taken in the best interests of the child.
Bullying, including cyber- or online-bullying
Stoke Primary School takes all forms of bullying seriously and will respond sensitively and quickly to any reported bullying. Children should report any bullying to their teacher, to the DSL or to any trusted member of staff and we will work to resolve it.
We also teach children about the dangers of bullying through our curriculum. See link to curriculum here:
Bullying can take many forms and we have several policies that cover different aspects of bullying. Please see the Anti-Bullying Policy, the Behaviour Policy and paragraph 5.8 of this policy for further information.
Children missing from education, home or care
The school will also take action to protect;
Children Missing Education
Children missing education - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The school will adopt the guidance and procedures in the LA “missing person” policy. This includes:
Children Missing from home or care
Children who run away or go missing from home or care - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The school will adopt the guidance and procedures in the LA “missing person” policy. This includes:
The school have a duty to refer any children who are living in a private fostering arrangement to the local authority.
We will do this through a MASH referral. It is important that parents/carers inform us if a child is going to be staying at an alternative address to that of their primary care-givers for more than.
Indicators of abuse
See below for possible indicators of abuse. (Taken from What to do if you are worried a child is being abused, 2015)
The school recognises that the above list of indicators is not exhaustive and staff will receive training on indicators of abuse.
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