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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, 2016)

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 two Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

DSL/Deputy
The DSL 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 is our school has a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment in which our children can learn.  All staff members are prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help and understand their role within this process.  This includes identifying any emerging problems so appropriate support may be provided and liaising with the designated safeguarding lead to report any concerns.  All staff members are aware of and follow school processes (as set out in this policy) and are aware of how to make a referral to Social Care if there is a need to do so.

Safeguarding Training
The DSL (and Deputy) undertake Level 3 child protection training at least every two years. All staff members receive Level 2 child protection training annually, 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.  

The school ensures that the DSL (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.

All procedures taken are in  accordance with the following guidance;
• Essex Safeguarding Children Board guidelines - the SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) Child Protection Procedures (ESCB, 2017)
• Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2016)
• Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE, 2015)
• ‘Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex’ (ESCB, 2017)
• PREVENT Duty - Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015)

 
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