SEE RAEDWALD TRUST POLICY.
The purpose of the safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for the workforce in safeguarding and promoting the students who attend Westbridge Pupil Referral Unit.
The policy aims to ensure that:
• each student is safe and protected from harm
• other elements of the provision and policies are in place to enable students to
feel safe and adopt safe practices
• staff, students, members of the Management Committee, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expectations and legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our students
Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business and responsibility and, as such, Westbridge aims to create the safest possible environment in which every student has the opportunity to achieve their Five Outcomes. The Unit recognise the contribution it can make by ensuring that all students who are on roll will be listened to and appropriate action taken in response. Westbridge endeavours to work in partnership with other agencies and seeks to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities throughout the curriculum that will equip our students with the skills they need. This will include materials and learning experiences that will encourage our students to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours.
SAFEGUARDING ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
The Management Committee of Westbridge represents the LA as the Governing body whose legal responsibility is to make sure that the school has an effective safeguarding policy and that appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place, that these are monitored and the unit complies with them.
The Management Committee ensures that:
• the Safeguarding Policy is effectively implemented at all levels within the school community and supports the Head Teacher and Staff in working with young people who are particularly vulnerable
• this policy is made available to parents and carers if requested
• all staff and volunteers have a current CRB check so that they are safe to work with pupils who attend the Unit
• Westbridge has procedures for handling allegations of abuse made against members of staff (including the Head Teacher) trainees and volunteers.
The Management Committee has appointed a Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) who has lead responsibility for dealing with all safeguarding issues in school.
The Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) at Westbridge is: Carey Fish (Deputy Headteacher). If she is not available then the DSL alternate is: Dave Siddall.
The named Safeguarding Member of the Management Committee is: Andy Solomon or John Ilingsworh
The Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) must:
• ensure that all safeguarding issues raised in the school are effectively responded to, recorded and referred to the appropriate agency. Currently this is through the Customer First procedure
• arrange appropriate whole school safeguarding training for all staff and volunteers who work with students of the Unit. This training must take place at least every three years, which the DSL can deliver within centre provided that it is linked to the support and quality assurance process offered by Suffolk County Council. This involves a mandatory attendance at an annual ‘Training for Trainers ‘programme and monitoring visits from the Professional Advisor or Local Authority delegate staff
• attend or ensure that a senior member of staff who has the relevant training and access to appropriate supervision, attends where appropriate, all conferences, core group meetings or meetings where it concerns a student at Westbridge and contribute to multi-agency discussions to safeguard and promote the student’s welfare
• complete an Annual Self-Assessment Report which demonstrates that the safeguarding arrangements within the centre are being met
• form an action plan which addresses any areas that require improvement
• arrange that the action plan is signed off and monitored by the Named Member of the Management Committee for Safeguarding, to ensure that these improvements are implemented
• share the Self Review Assessment with the Local Authority, which will have an auditing role to ensure that the centre is meeting Safeguarding requirements under Sec 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 ref. www.suffolk.gov.uk/schoolsurf/safeguarding/self-review tool
• The Headteacher (Dave Siddall) has the overall responsibility for safeguarding children at Westbridge and will ensure that the Policy’s guidelines and responsibilities are upheld. The management of the Centre will ensure that:
o the policy is made available to available to staff, parents / carers and volunteers
o regular visitors and volunteers to our school are told where the Safeguarding Policy is kept and are advised of safeguarding procedures .
o all staff and volunteers are properly checked to ensure that they are safe to work with the students of the centre
o members of staff at the Unit are informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place and of the Senior Safeguarding Person by a copy of our Safeguarding Policy.
o an induction programme includes basic safeguarding information relating to signs and symptoms of abuse, how to manage a disclosure from a child, how to record and who to pass the information to.
o new staff without previous safeguarding training or staff who have had training more than two years ago access up to date training
o the school has procedures for handling allegations of abuse made against members of staff ( including the Headteacher ) or volunteers
o the Designated Safeguard Lead is appointed to deal with all safeguarding issues within the school.
All adults in the school community including the DSL have a duty to refer all known or suspected cases of abuse to the relevant agency including Social Services or the Police.
All child protection concerns must be acted on immediately. If you are concerned
that a child may be at risk or is actually suffering abuse you should tell the Designated Safeguard Lead.
If a child makes an allegation or disclosure of abuse against an adult or other young person or if a member of staff, visitor or volunteer suspects neglect or abuse of any type of a young person he/she will:
• listen very carefully to what the young person is saying, taking care not to ask leading questions
• reassure the young person that he/she has done the right thing in telling
• inform the young person that information causing concern will be reported and cannot be kept secret
• make a careful note (preferably in black ink), signed and dated, of any injuries or circumstances that have caused concern
• immediately inform the Designated Safeguard Lead
• record concern in the student history referring to full account in the Safeguarding file / fully complete an orange SER form and hand this to the DSL
Under no circumstances should staff at Westbridge attempt to interview the child or investigate child protection concerns.
If a disclosure is made to a visiting staff member from a different agency
(eg. Youth Service or the School nurse) it is the responsibility of
that agency to report the referral to the school DSL.
If the student is at alternative provision, the referral should be recorded and referred to the relevant DSL at that establishment and an immediate, subsequent formal notification made to the Westbridge DSL for further information or agreed appropriate action.
The Designated Safeguard Lead will:
• for urgent attention, report the matter to Customer First contact for Social Services on 0808 800 4005 stating whether or not parents have been informed. Only where such action might prejudice investigation or place the young person at greater risk, will parents or carers not be informed
• confirm the referral to Social Services in writing, within 24 hours of the initial report, using a Multi Agency Referral Form
• send a copy of the completed form to the Area Manager for Special Needs or Senior Education Welfare Officer ( SEWO )
• for less urgent action and inter-agency involvement, make a full CAF referral in consultation with the parent/carer and submit to the CAF panel
• follow up a referral within 48 hours if there is no response.
Any information about Safeguarding and concerns about the welfare or safety of any student must be:
• recorded on the agreed report form and given to the DSL. Reports of concern to the DSL must be made in writing and signed and dated by the person with the concern
• kept in a separate named file, in a secure storage place and not with the student’s academic file. These files are the responsibility of the DSL and information will only be shared on a need to know basis for the protection of the student.
• kept in the file and added to as appropriate.
All safeguarding files will have a chronology and contents front cover. Copies of referrals, invitations to Child Protection conferences, core groups and reports will be stored here.
If there are concerns that a member of staff or adult in a position of trust poses a risk of abuse, this should be reported to the Headteacher immediately. Where those concerns relate to the Headteacher this should then be reported to the Area Manager immediately, following procedures as outlined in the Whistle Blowing Policy
STRATEGY MEETINGS AND SAFEGUARDING CONFERENCES
Where Social Care Services consider it appropriate, a meeting between agencies will be called to plan strategies, involving Social Care Services, the Police and the Safeguarding Professional of the centre. If a full Safeguarding conference follows, the Centre will:
• ensure that the DSL or another appropriate school representative attends
• provide a written report, giving details of the young person’s progress, behaviour and attendance at school. This report will be shared with parents and should be submitted to the Chair of the conference 48 hours prior to the meeting;
• be informed of the decisions made at the conference
• in the case of the young person being placed on the child protection register, be informed of the child protection plan, and core group of professionals with responsibility
• ensure that the DSL or another appropriate school representative attends the review conference to be held within six months of the first meeting.
STAFF AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TRAINING.
Every member of staff, volunteers and members of the governing body will be expected to undertake safeguarding training. Different areas of responsibility will require additional training. The Headteacher, the Designated Safeguard Lead, the Chair of Governors and the governor with responsibility for child protection will be required to undertake training at a higher level.
Training should be undertaken as soon as is practicably possible. Until the training had been undertaken, new staff will be required to complete the ‘Safeguarding Induction Handbook for Schools and Other Educational Establishments’.
All up to date information from the safeguarding children website (www.suffolkscb.org) will be shared with staff for information or implementation.
When new students join Westbridge:
• parents and carers will be informed that we have a safeguarding policy, available on request
• Parents and carers will be made aware of our legal duty with regard to safeguarding children.
THE CURRICULUM AND SAFEGUARDING YOUNG PEOPLE
The curriculum at Westbridge has an important part to play in child protection. Within the school’s safe and supportive environment, teachers and support assistants can help young people to:
• understand what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour towards themselves and others
• learn how to keep themselves safe from harm and
• voice any worries or concerns that they might have.
The curriculum can also help to prevent harm to young people by developing their awareness of abuse and neglect and preparing them for their responsibilities as adults and parents.
USE OF RESTRAINT
There may be incidents of violent or dangerous student behaviour which will require staff to use physical intervention to restrain a student. The Behaviour Management Policy and Safe Handling Policy requires staff involved in any such incident to follow School SAFE training, guidelines and procedures, report the incident and action of restraint immediately to the Headteacher and record it in the Incident Book.
MANAGING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST STAFF
The school is aware of the possibility of allegations being made against members of
staff, trainees or volunteers that may be working in the school. Allegations will be that some kind of abuse has taken place. They may be made by children, young people or concerned adults.
Allegations are made for a variety of reasons:
• abuse has actually taken place
• something has happened to the child that reminds them of a past event
• some children realise that allegations can be powerful and if they are angry about something they can make an allegation as a way of hitting out
• an allegation can be a way of seeking attention.
If an allegation is made against an adult in a position of trust whether they be staff or volunteers at Westbridge, this should be bought to the immediate attention of the DSL / Headteacher who will take appropriate action.
The Headteacher/Chair of the Management Committee will need to discuss with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) the nature of the allegation in order for appropriate action to be taken.
The Headteacher will need to:
• refer to the LADO immediately and follow up in writing within 48 hrs
• consider safeguarding arrangements of the child to ensure they are away from the alleged abuser
• contact the parents or carers of the child if advised to do so by LADO
• consider the rights of the staff member for a free and equal process of investigation
• ensure that appropriate disciplinary procedures are followed including whether suspending a member of staff from work until the outcome of any investigation is deemed necessary
• act on any decision made in a strategy meeting
• advise the Independent Authority where a member of staff has been disciplined or dismissed as a result of the allegations being founded.
In the case of an allegation against the Headteacher this will be brought to the immediate attention of the Chair of the Mangaement Committee. The LA is responsible for responding to allegations made against the Headteacher.
( Ref. LA handbook - Procedure in Respect of Allegations of Child Abuse Made Against School Staff. )
Link: See Guidance for: Handling Allegations of Abuse made against Adults who Work with Children and Young People
All staff will have access to and be expected to know the school’s policy for safe restraint. There will be occasions when some form of physical contact is inevitable, for example if a young person has an accident or is hurt or is in a situation of danger to themselves or others around them. However, at all times the agreed policy for safe restraint must be adhered to. A list of personnel able to practice SchoolSafe will be kept by the Head Teacher.
If staff, visitors, volunteers or parent helpers are working with young people alone they will, wherever possible, be visible to other members of staff. They will be expected to inform another member of staff of their whereabouts in school, who they are with and for how long. Doors, ideally, should have a clear glass panel in them and be left open. The policy advises staff, visitors not to put themselves or the student at risk by unnecessarily working alone / in isolation. Sometimes allegations are made against adults who come in to contact with children.
We have a responsibility to ensure that the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges 2014 are adhered to. All adults who come into contact with children will be made aware of the steps that will be taken if an allegation is made. At Westbridge we will adhere to the guidance laid down in the county council’s guidance and will seek appropriate advice from our Local Authority Office. Neither the Head Teacher nor any other member of school staff will investigate these matters. We will seek and work with the advice that is provided. Should an allegation be made against the Head Teacher, this will be reported to the Chair of our Management Committee who will liaise with the Area School Support Officer.
Management at Westbridge will ensure that through training our safeguarding arrangements are robust and achieve better outcomes for our students:
• all members of staff will have access to whole school safeguarding training at least every three years
• as part of the induction process, information in relation to this safeguarding policy and any other policy related to safeguarding and promoting students’ welfare is given to all newly appointed staff, trainees and volunteers
• the DSL and alternate DSLs will undertake, in addition to whole school training every two years, level 2 training which updates their awareness and understanding of the impact of the wide agenda of safeguarding issues
• the DSL will also take part in multi-agency training in addition to Safeguarding training
• the Management Committee will have access to safeguarding training and the named member of the Management Committee for Safeguarding will also undertake additional training at least every two years.
SAFER RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
It is a requirement for all agencies to ensure that all staff recruited to work with
children and young people are properly selected and checked. Westbridge will ensure that:
• every recruitment panel has a member who is appropriately trained in recruitment and selection.
• staff are appropriately qualified and have the relevant employment history and checks to ensure they are safe to work with children in compliance with the Key Safeguarding Employment Standards.
Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board www.suffolkscb.org.uk
Customer First: 0808 800 4005
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency www.ceop.org.uk
Other school policies will play a part in prevention of abuse by effective implementation - such as the Health and Safety Policy, Discipline and Behaviour Policy, the Anti-bullying policy, Safe Handling Policy, Risk Assessment, Internet Policy and other linking policies.
SAFEGUARDING MONITORING AND REVIEW
The Head Teacher will report on Safeguarding arrangements at the school and on incidents and matters of concern on a termly basis to our Management Committee. The Management Committee will monitor the effectiveness of the Safeguarding Policy which will be reviewed annually. A summary of the Safeguarding Policy will available to parents in our school brochure and on the website. Full copies of the policy will be available at Westbridge. The policy to be made available to parents whose first language is not English on request.
Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015(the Act) places a duty on certain bodies (specified authorities listed in Schedule 6 to the Act) in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
The aim of The Prevent Strategy, published by the UK Government in 2011, is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
Being aware of such legislation is vital in ensuring that we are able to fulfil the Prevent Duty and it is the aim of this policy to inform staff in identifying children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from radicalisation is seen as our wider safeguarding duties, similar to protecting children from other harms such as drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation.
Through our curriculum offer and especially PSHE, we help to build students resilience to radicalisation by promoting British values and enabling them to extremist views. At no point are students unable to debate controversial issues. As a school, we seek to provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.
The safeguarding arrangements used to promote students welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism are based on four main themes. These are:
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As a school, we work closely with the Police, local authority and other agencies throughout the local area and monitor closely both local and national concerns related to terrorism and extremism and any activity that may impact upon students and where known families whose children attend school. We also monitor closely monitor online radicalisation through the use of social media and internet and students are not allowed to access any online material at school, without the permission of relevant staff members. Mobile phones are currently allowed at school, but access to these devices is controlled as identified in the Internet and Behaviour and Discipline policy.
There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to a terrorist ideology. As with managing other safeguarding risks, staff should be alert to changes in children’s behaviour which could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection. Staff are made aware that changes in a students’ behaviour could indicate that they may be in need of help or protection. Students at risk of radicalisation may display different signs or seek to hide their views. School staff are advised to use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately.
There are clear procedures in place for protecting children at risk of radicalisation and the principles are identical to current safeguarding measures and reporting procedures would be identical as recommended in the relevant statutory guidance, “Working Together to Safeguard Children” and “Keeping Children Safe in Education”.
What to do if you have a concern
If a member of staff has a concern about a particular student they will follow the normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the relevant Designated Safeguarding Lead and where deemed necessary, Customer First/Social Care.
The Police can also be contacted as further advice and guidance may be necessary.
The Department for Education has a dedicated telephone helpline, 02073407264 to enable staff to raise concerns relating to extremism directly.
Note: These contact details are only to be used for advice and guidance and NOT for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident, in which case the normal safeguarding reporting procedures should be followed.
We see Internet access as an essential tool for teaching and learning and students are taught what internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for internet use. Much of this work is completed through the curriculum, including PSHE. Internet safety is of paramount importance and staff are aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist and terrorist groups and monitor student internet use very closely. Filtering strategies are selected, in consultation with the IT support organisation and the school VLE Manager who is responsible for co-ordinating such activities. This is continually reviewed, taking into account technological advances and changes affecting IT systems used throughout the school.
Building Children’s Resilience to Radicalisation
As a school, we aim to build students resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in decision making. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) is promoted through the curriculum and this incorporates promotion of fundamental British values. PSHE is used to provide students with opportunities to explore sensitive or controversial issues and helps to equip students with knowledge and skills to understand and manage difficult situations, make safer choices and recognise when pressure from others threatens their personal safety and well being. PSHE throughout the curriculum encourages students to develop positive character traits, such as resilience, self esteem and confidence.
Citizenship is also an integral part of the curriculum offer, helping to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to plan a full and active part in society. Focus is on enabling students to explore political and social issues and to teach students about diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding.
Working in Partnership
We work very closely with the local authority and social services regarding safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the local area. Regular communication also takes place with other professional organisations such as the Police and effective engagement with parents/families of children who attend school. Regular home/school visits, meetings and welfare telephone calls is a priority of the school and assist in building positive relationships and continuing dialogue to help identify any obvious changes affecting any student. Advice and guidance is provided to parents/families regarding concerns about radicalisation and parents/families are advised of suitable support mechanisms.
A number of key staff are qualified as Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and all staff are aware of reporting procedures for any safeguarding concerns, including terrorist activity and possible radicalisation. Staff training is regularly reviewed and refresher training provided to ensure that up to date knowledge and understanding is maintained.
Further advice and guidance can be found in the Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales 2015, (Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism) ISBN 978–1–78246–7933–9.
2015/2016 Non Pupil Dates
2nd September 2015
4th January 2016
11th April 2016
2 further dates TBC
2016/2017 Non Pupil Dates
To be Confirmed