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Safeguarding at St. Helen's Catholic Infant School

Safeguarding
Introduction
 
Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
(Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE, 2018)

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect them and to provide a safe environment in which they can learn and achieve their full potential.  However, there are key people within schools and the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures.   In school we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), as well as a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Designated Safeguarding Governor.

DSL/Deputy
 
The designated safeguarding lead in school takes lead responsibility for managing child protection referrals, safeguarding training and raising awareness of all child protection policies and procedures. They ensure that everyone in school (including temporary staff, volunteers and contractors) is aware of these procedures and that they are followed at all times.  They act as a source of advice and support for other staff (on child protection matters) and ensure that timely referrals to Essex Children’s Social Care (Family Operations Hub) are made in accordance with current SET procedures.  They work with the local authority and other agencies as required.
 
 
 
All school staff
 
Everyone in our school has a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment in which our children can learn.  All staff members are aware of the local early help process and our role in it.  They are aware of signs of abuse and neglect so they are able to identify children who may be in need of help or protection.  All staff members are aware of and follow school processes and are aware of how to make a referral to Social Care if there is a need to do so.  If staff have any concerns about a child’s welfare, they must act on them immediately and speak with the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy) – they do not assume that others have taken action.

 
Training
 
The designated safeguarding lead (and deputy) undertake Level 3 child protection training at least every two years.  The Headteacher, all staff members and governors receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated and in line with advice from the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB).  In addition, all staff members receive safeguarding and child protection updates as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.  Records of any child protection training undertaken is kept for all staff and governors.
 
 
The school ensures that the designated safeguarding lead (and deputy) also undertakes training in inter-agency working and other matters as appropriate

Safer Recruitment
All staff, volunteers or regular visitors must undergo safer recruitment checks, including the correct level of Disclosure and Barring Checks (DBS).  At least one member of any appointment panel has undertaken approved Safer Recruitment training.
When new staff, volunteers or regular visitors join our school they are informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place, the name of the DSL (and deputy) and how to share concerns with them.
Any member of staff, volunteer or visitor to the school who receives a disclosure or allegation of abuse, or suspects that abuse may have occurred must report it immediately to the designated safeguarding lead (or, in their absence, the deputy designated safeguarding lead).  


Appropriate internet filters and monitoring systems are in pace to keep pupils safe online.
 

Our school also works in accordance with the following legislation and guidance (this is not an exhaustive list):
 
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2018)
 
Working Together (HMG, 2018)
 
Education Act (2002)
 
Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex  (ESCB, 2017)
 
Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015)
 
Serious Crime Act 2015 (Home Office, 2015)
 
Children and Social Work Act (2017)
 
Sexual Offences Act (2003)
 
Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006
 
Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners (HMG, 2018)
 
Data Protection Act (2018)   
 
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (HMG, 2015)
 
Searching, screening and confiscation  (DfE, 2018)
 
Children Act (1989)
 
Children Act (2004)
 
Preventing and Tackling Bullying (DfE, 2017)
 
Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 (S. 74 - Serious Crime Act 2015)
 
Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (DfE, 2018)
 
Promoting positive emotional well-being and reducing the risk of suicide (ESCB, 2018)
 
Keeping pupils and staff safe – management of behaviour in schools, including use of physical contact and restrictive / non-restrictive physical intervention to address difficult and harmful behaviour (ESCB, 2018)

 
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