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CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING POLICY AND PROCEDURE March 2012


W REKIN CO LLEGE CHILD PRO TECTIO N AND SAFEGUARDING PO LICY This policy is in line with Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Board (SCB) – Child Protection Procedures October 2011, which are reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.

Protecting children is not the sole responsibility of one person or organisation but of us all. Professionals must combine an open-minded attitude with decisive action, when alleged concerns about a child are clearly indicated. The Governors and Staff of Wrekin recognise the contribution they make to safeguarding children. We recognise that all staff have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm. All staff must be conversant with this policy and the Child Protection Procedures document. For the purpose of this document ‘staff’ include all those in the school community, including supply teachers, volunteers, visiting professionals working with pupils in the School (e.g. counsellor, Independent Listener) and those supporting school visits.

CO NTEXT “Section 11 of the Children Act and section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places duties on organisations to ensure that their functions are discharged with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children” taken from HM Government “Working Together to Safeguard Children” Chapter 2 2006 (revised 2010). Safeguarding: the ‘process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully’. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006. HM Government.

Standard 11 of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools, Child Protection, states: The school ensures that: •

Arrangements are made to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at the school; and

Such arrangements have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

AIMS •

The aim of this school policy is to make all (pupils and staff) within the school feel safe and for the school to have clear roles and responsibilities in place for that to happen.

The school’s duty of care will be in line with government legislation and Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board procedures.

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INTRO DUCTIO N •

The protection of children is the responsibility of everyone. Primary responsibility for the care and protection of children rests with parents, but a range of services is available to help them in this task. Many referrals to agencies are made by parents seeking help for themselves. Relatives, friends and neighbours may also directly, or encourage families to, seek help or alert statutory authorities to children about whom they are concerned. All agencies with staff who are in direct contact with children and families must be involved.

The safety and protection of all children is of paramount importance to all those involved in Education. (Children Act 1989). For avoidance of doubt the role of governing bodies of maintained schools and non maintained special schools is set out in paragraph 2.18 page 14, “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education”, effective from January 1 2007. This guidance coupled with “Working Together to Safeguard Children” 2006, 2010 Chapter 2, 2.155 page 77 is the blueprint for all inter agency working and should be available and accessible to all those responsible for children’s welfare. This policy reflects this guidance with the previous DCSF Status “Statutory/strongly recommended” these can be viewed at: www.teachernet.gov.uk/childprotection

PURPO SE •

Children can develop a special and close relationship with the school community and view them as significant and trustworthy adults. For the purpose of these policies and for avoidance of doubt, the school community includes all those that work at the school (teachers, support staff and governors) and parents and volunteers that play an active role regularly at the school.

All of the school community believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.

It is not surprising therefore that a child, if they have been abused, may confide or disclose to a teacher or another member of staff. It is important to note the four defined categories of abuse are: Physical, Sexual, Emotional and Neglect (see pages 50 to 54).

School staff are also in a unique position to notice any change in demeanour or circumstances, or notice injuries, marks or bruises when children are doing PE, games or swimming which might indicate a child has been abused.

THE PO LICY 1.

Life at Wrekin is based upon mutual respect; consideration of others and of self have equal value and the promotion of happiness and contentment for all members of the community is reliant upon ensuring that it is provided for each individual child and adult within the school.

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Child protection is rooted in ensuring that the school organisation, its activities, staffing and procedures are aimed at providing an environment in which young people feel secure and happy and in which their individual needs are met. We practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.

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We endeavour to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.

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Child protection will have the highest priority in the school and as a minimum we will protect young people from physical, sexual or emotional abuse and monitor to ensure that they are not neglected.

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We will also provide a range of opportunities and levels of support to enable each young person to express any fears, concerns or worries that they have either within or in the home environment.

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We will support pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.

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If a young person expresses fears, concerns or worries or makes a disclosure these will be taken seriously and the child protection procedures will be sensitively instigated, always ensuring that the security, safety, happiness and well being of the young person remains the paramount consideration.

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We will work appropriately with each child, their family and other agencies to protect in all cases the welfare of the child.

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Our role is to refer the information received onwards and under no circumstances become the investigator.

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We also work to the Safeguarding Children Board procedures for all staff who work with children, where allegations may be made by a child/adult of abuse in any form. All staff will adhere to the procedures drawn up by the Board in line with national guidelines and supported by the SCB managing allegations against those working with children, where this is managed by the SCB through the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – Mark Turner. The process for managing allegations can be viewed at www.telfordsafeguardingboard.org.uk

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The school will maintain a register of child protection issues and confidential files on individual children known to be, or suspected of, being at risk.

ANY DEFICIENCIES O R W EAKNESSES IN CHILD PRO TECTIO N ARRANGEMENTS ARE REMEDIED W ITHO UT DELAY

STATUTO RY O BLIGATIO NS Wrekin’s policy is to follow Government legislative guidelines on child protection. This is contained in the following references, copies of which are kept within the school: • • • • • • • • • •

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education. Child Protection – Essential guidance from the local Child Protection Committee – Shropshire. “Working Together To Safeguard Children” (Dept of Health, Home Office and DfES 1999 – DCSF revised March 2010) DfES/0027/2004 Safeguarding Children in Education National Care Standards Commission – Minimum Standards No.3 The Welfare of Children in Boarding s (Social Services Inspectorate) The Children Act 1989, Guidance and Regulations, Vol 4, Residential Care (Department of Health.) The Children Act 1989, Guidance and Regulations, Vol 5, Independent s (Department of Health) Working Together for the Protection of Children from Abuse, WO Circular 26/88 Working Together for the Protection of Children from Abuse: Procedures within the Education Service, DfES Circular 4/88, WO Circular25/88

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By following the guidance outlined above the school shows a commitment to good inter-agency co-operation and fully supports the sentiments and actions included in ‘Working Together’ In addition the school subscribes to ‘Protecting Children Update’; a copy of which is kept in the Staff Common Room. Wrekin’s Child Protection Procedures are based upon the Procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DCSF. KEY RESPO NSIBILITIES Headmaster and Governors •

The Headmaster and Governors are committed to working together to create and maintain a safe learning environment for the children and young people attending the school.

The Headmaster and Governors will follow the specific guidance as set out in paragraph 2.155 of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2006 and 2010 and will ensure that: o

clear arrangements are in place to encourage, facilitate and support the reporting of child welfare concerns, including instances where pupils are missing from school

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a designated person is available at all times whilst pupils are under direct supervision of school staff

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provision is made for appropriate training, induction, support and supervision for designated persons and other members of the school’s community and workforce

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the school works with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and appropriate partner agencies proactively to safeguard pupils

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records relating to safeguarding are kept safely and shared appropriately

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appropriate safeguarding policies are adopted, monitored and evaluated which will include areas such as:             

child protection bullying, harassment and discrimination use of force and restraint and behaviour management health and safety including use of equipment and provision of first aid use of the internet and social networking sites school trips, placements, outdoor activities drugs and substance misuse meeting the needs of pupils with special medical conditions extended services provision (the extended services team provide separate guidance and support for schools) intimate care school security issues which may be specific to our local area or population, for example gang activity whistleblowing

the school premises are safe. Where public rights of way exist on school grounds then appropriate risk assessments are undertaken.

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appointments to staff positions and other roles within the school community are made following the safer recruitment guidance issued previously by the DCSF and all appropriate vetting checks have been completed (see safer recruitment section) safer recruitment training, as designated by the National College for School Leadership, has been completed by appropriate members of selection panels (see safer recruitment section) the school’s single central record of recruitment and vetting checks covering all staff and others identified by the school as having regular contact with children is kept up-to-date in line with Ofsted requirements the identity of visitors to the school is checked, a record made in the visitors book and that visitors are not left unsupervised within the school

The Governor with special responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection is Mrs Alison Dixon. Governor Training: Mrs Alison Dixon attended: • ‘Raising Awareness in Child Protection’ delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB on 4th January 2012.

The Designated Persons The Designated Persons for Child Protection and Safeguarding are: Mrs Alison Dixon: Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection Mrs Stella Clarke (SEC): Deputy Head (Pastoral) – Senior Designated Person Mr Stephen Hield (SJH): Senior Teacher

The Designated Persons’ Responsibilities •

To ensure that they have received child protection training with refresher training at TWO yearly intervals – due on or before Lent 2014.

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Details of Designated Persons’ Training: Stephen Hield (SJH): Newly Designated Persons, Telford & Wrekin SCB, November 2010. Interagency Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities, Telford & Wrekin SCB, completed December 2011. Mrs Stella Clarke (SEC): Senior Designated Person Training (to include inter-agency training): Child Protection in Education Annual Conference: Birmingham 29th September 2010. Understanding ADHD: A Master Class delivered by Telford & Wrekin CAMHS September 2010. Lead Child Protection Training for Heads and Deputies, completed 23rd January 2012 at King’s School Ely. Training delivered by Jenny Parris Independent Safeguarding Trainer. The following training was delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB assured trainers: Newly Designated Persons, November 2010. CAF Training (childrensworkforce.team@telford.gov.uk) Level 2 - Summer 2010. CAF Refresher Course, completed December 2010. CDOP, Telford & Wrekin SCB, completed 4th May 2011 CATE (Children Abused Through Exploitation), completed 27th May 2011. Interagency Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities, completed 8th June 2011 Developing Child Protection Practice: Neglect module, completed 4th October 2011. Developing Child Protection Practice: Sexual Abuse module, completed 8th November 2011. Mrs Stella Clarke is a CEOP registered trainer: December 2009, Telford and Wrekin SCB. Updated January 2011.

To ensure that whole school child protection training is made available to all staff, including temporary staff and the content of which will meet the requirements identified in ‘Training Resource for Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – Suggested Outcomes for Target Groups’ at: www.education.gov.uk. Refresher training for teaching staff is at THREE yearly intervals – due on or before Lent 2015. Refresher training for support staff is at THREE yearly intervals – due on or before Lent 2013.

To make known to the whole school community the location of the SCB website address www.telfordsafeguardingboard.org.uk where the policies & procedures are on view; these are regularly reviewed and updated by the SCB.

To have direct referral links with the Social Care Safeguarding Team Helpdesk at The Mount in Wellington 01952 385700. For avoidance of doubt the Designated Person(s) should be the point of contact with regard to referring a child if there are concerns about possible abuse. A formal written referral should not delay a verbal discussion so that immediate action can be taken if necessary. However, any referral should be confirmed in writing within 48 hours.

To make it clear to all staff and volunteers that if the Designated Person (s) or someone from the Senior Management Team is not available, then this should not delay in sharing any concerns about a child to the Social Care Safeguarding Team at The Mount.

The Senior Designated Person (Mrs Stella Clarke – Deputy Head – Pastoral) keeps all written records of concerns about a child even if there is no need to make an immediate referral for action; this will include any e technology use issues that may cause indirect abuse to a child and a recognition that bullying can transgress across all four defined categories of abuse.

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The Senior Designated Person will ensure that all such records are kept confidentially and securely and are separate from pupil records, ensuring that an indication of further record keeping in terms of child protection is marked on the pupils records.

To ensure that they or a senior colleague are available to attend any Strategy /Resolution/Conference/Professionals/CAF/TAC or Planning Meetings as deemed necessary in the remit of child protection. Also that attendance by any school staff includes key information to be tabled at the meeting, especially attendance figures which are considered a key element of all conference reports.

To ensure that information regarding any pupil currently subject to a Child Protection Plan and deemed “at risk”, who is absent without explanation for two consecutive days, is shared with Children’s Services Social Care Safeguarding Team.

The Staff All those in the school community, including supply teachers, volunteers, visiting professionals working with pupils in the school (e.g. counsellor, Independent Listener) and those supporting school visits, are informed of the name of the Designated Person(s) and the school’s procedures for protecting children, for example, how to report their concerns, suspicions and how to receive, record and report disclosures: • during their first induction to the school • through a copy of this policy o

All staff need to be alert to signs of abuse. They should report any concerns or suspicions if not immediately, as soon as possible, that day to the Designated Person(s). If in doubt they should talk with the Designated Person(s), delay is unacceptable.

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We recognise that children cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where staff fail to do so. All of the school community should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues. Unacceptable standards, conduct or behaviour should be challenged appropriately at the outset, and will not be tolerated.

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We have a whistleblowing policy for raising concerns.

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Provision to view the SCB website is made accessible to all staff.

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The following guidance for all staff working with children may be found on the public staff area of the school’s intranet in the folder marked ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding Children): ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings’ – updated from an original document produced by a DCSF network of Advisors: March 2009 A hard copy of this document is kept in the Staff Common Room.

DEFINITIO NS O F CHILD ABUSE ‘Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger for example, via the internet. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.’ Working together to Safeguard Children, DCSF March 2010. The needs and rights of children fall into the following main categories: A. B. C. D. E.

The need for physical care and protection from preventable harm. The opportunity for physical and mental growth. The need for love and security and the opportunity to relate positively to others. The need for new experiences and help in relating to their environment by the way of organising and mastering age appropriate levels of responsibility. The need for intellectual development.

A parent/carer must be able to meet these needs or help their child by ensuring they are otherwise met. A child may be considered to be abused, or at risk of abuse, by its parents/carers when those basic needs are not being met. Careful professional and legal assessment are essential in determining when a child’s needs are not being met to such an extent that it constitutes abuse.

CATEGORIES OF CHILD ABUSE – as defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children, DCSF March 2010. Child abuse can take many forms but they are usually divided into four categories: • • • •

physical abuse – 1.33 emotional abuse – 1.34 sexual abuse – 1.35 neglect – 1.36

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Physical Abuse Physical abuse 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. Emotional Abuse Emotional abuse is 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 children 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 the 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 cyberbullying), 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. Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of 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 nonpenetrative 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 (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children. Neglect Neglect is 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 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 a neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

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RECO GNITIO N O F CHILD ABUSE – SIGNS AND SYMPTO MS The following is a list of signs and symptoms that may be consistent with abuse; some children can exhibit one or more of these signs for other reasons. If there are concerns about a child displaying any of these indicators the concern should be shared with the Senior Designated Person (SEC) or Designated Person (SJH) in the school.

PHYSICAL ABUSE Physical Indicators Unexpected bruises/welts/lacerations/abrasions: • On face, lips, mouth • On torso, back, buttocks, thighs • In various stages of healing • Clustering forming regular patterns • Reflecting shape of article used, e.g. belt, buckle, electrical flex • On several different surface areas • Regularly appear after absence, weekend or holiday • Bite marks or fingernail marks Unexplained burns: • Cigar or cigarette burns especially on soles, buttocks, palms or back • ‘Immersion’ burns, where hands, feet or body have been forcibly immersed in very hot water • Patterns like electrical burner, iron etc • Rope burns on arms, legs, neck or torso Unexplained fractures: • To skull, nose, facial structure • In various stages of healing Behavioural Indicators • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Flinching when approached or touched Reluctance to change clothes for PE lessons Wary of adult contacts Difficult to comfort Apprehension when other children cry Crying/ irritability Frightened of parents Afraid to go home Rebelliousness in adolescence Reported injury caused by parents Behavioural extremes - aggressiveness, withdrawal, impulsiveness Regression or child-like behaviour Apathy Depression Poor peer relationships Panic in response to pain

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NEGLECT Physical Indicators • • • • • •

Consistent hunger Poor hygiene Inappropriate dress Consistent lack of supervision, especially in dangerous activities for long periods Unattended physical problems or medical needs Abandonment

Behavioural Indicators • • • • •

Begging Stealing food Constant fatigue, listlessness Poor relationships with care-giver Frequent delays in picking child up from playground

SEXUAL ABUSE Physical Indicators • • • • • • • •

Difficulty in walking, sitting down Stained or bloody underclothing Pain or itching in genital area Bruising, bleeding, injury to external genitalia, vaginal and/or anal areas Vaginal discharge Bed-wetting Excessive crying Sickness

Behavioural Indicators • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Inappropriate sexual behaviour or knowledge for the child’s age Promiscuity Sudden change in behaviour Running away from home Wary of adults Feeling different from other children Unusual avoidance of touch Reporting of assault Substance abuse (e.g. glue sniffing) Emotional withdrawal through lack of trust in adults Over-compliance with requests of others Frequent complaints of unexplained abdominal pains Eating problems Sleep disturbances Poor peer relationships Possessing money or ‘gifts’ that cannot be adequately accounted for Inappropriately sexually explicit drawings or stories Enuresis or soiling, especially at the end of the day Frequent non-attendance at Avoidance of medical

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EMO TIO NAL ABUSE Physical Indicators • •

Failure to thrive Delays in physical development or progress

Behavioural Indicators • • • • • •

Sucking, biting, rocking Anti-social, destructive Sleep disorders, inhibition of play Complaint, passive, aggressive, demanding Inappropriately adult or infant Impairment of intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development

Indications of abuse in children and young people who have disabilities/medical needs Whilst any of the above indicators may identify that abuse is occurring or has occurred, some of them may have other causes. This is particularly important when pupils have social and communication problems associated with autism or specific medical problems. Some young people display specific indicators of abuse at all times and where these have been shown not to be as a result of abuse it is important to monitor any changes in a child’s behaviour, physical condition, emotional state and sociability. Such changes may themselves indicate that abuse is taking place. Staff should read individual pupil files to familiarise themselves with medical conditions that can present with the same symptoms as abuse. Because such judgements often require sophisticated knowledge and understanding all staff must err on the side of caution. It is better to discuss a hundred cases where no abuse is occurring than to miss one case because a wrong assumption has been made. If there is any worry or concern about a child it must be discussed with senior staff.

Children leaving the School The school will ensure that the new school receives all the necessary information relating to that child. The school will inform the Education Welfare Office when a child of compulsory school age leaves the school. Tel: 01952 385225 (Sue Simcock) Sue.simcock@telford.gov.uk

Safer Recruitment •

It is a requirement that from January 1st 2010 that at least 1 person involved in interviewing an applicant for a post of Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Teacher or member of the whole school support staff must have completed the safer recruitment training developed by the previous DCSF/NCSL. This is part of our policy on child protection.

All staff working in the school community will be subject to enhanced CRB checks and registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) upon its inception of registration requirements. Reference to this process can be viewed at: www.isa-gov.org.uk

The school’s Recruitment Policy and Procedures meet Standard 14 of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools, Safer Recruitment and Checks on Other Adults.

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Useful Telephone Numbers Mrs Alison Dixon: Governor with responsibility for Child Protection matters. Contactable through school. Mrs Stella Clarke: Senior Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding. Tel: 01952 265600 (S), 01952 265685 (H), 07811 560504 (M). Mr Stephen Hield: Designated Person. Contactable through school: 01952 265600. Social Care Safeguarding Team Helpdesk at The Mount in Wellington. Tel: 01952 385700. office hours: 01952 676500.

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Mark Turner: Principal Officer Child Protection (Schools & Early Years): LADO. Tel: 01952 385678 Anne Cole: Safeguarding Advisory Service Manager. Tel: 01952 250421 Jane Weaving: Integrating Children and Young People’s Services Manager (ISM Wellington). Tel: 07973 454572 or 01952 385576 Ofsted Helpline 0300123 1231 or a whistle-blowing line 0300123 3155. Useful Websites: www.telfordsafeguardingboard.org.uk www.everychildmatters.gov.uk www.dcsf.gov.uk www.ofsted.gov.uk The website for the Office of the Children's Rights Director for England (Roger Morgan) is www.rights4me.org

Copies of the following are available in the Deputy Head’s office for staff perusal: DFES/OO27/2004 Safeguarding Children in Education Working together to Safeguard Children - HM Government 1999 (revised 2006) What to do If You are Worried a Child is Being Abused. HM Government 2006 Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults Working with Children and Young People in Education Settings – guidance document originally commissioned by DCSF (formerly DFES): March 2009

Note: all School Prefects have a copy of this policy. This policy is published on our website. COMMITMENT TO REVIEW This policy will be flexible to change and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to reflect where there are any changes in Government Legislation or any changes in the duty of statutory agencies in Child Protection and the wider Safeguarding agenda. The person with responsibility for this policy is Mrs Stella Clarke.

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Related Policies and Procedures: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Child Protection Procedure Pupil Welfare Policy Health and Safety Policy and Procedures First Aid Policy Health Promotion Policy PSHE Policy Anti-Bullying Policy and Procedure E-safety Policy Self-harm Policy Controlled Drugs Policy Rewards and Sanctions Policy Permissible Sanctions Policy Use of Physical Intervention Policy Confidentiality of Information Policy Prefects’ Policy Policy and Procedure in the event of a pupil going missing Procedure for Conducting Interviews Policy for Whistle blowing Procedures Complaints Procedure Recruitment Policy and Procedure

SEC: Updated March 2012

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W REKIN CO LLEGE STATEMENT O N SELF-HARM (This policy applies to all pupils)

Professionals must combine an open-minded attitude to alleged concerns about a child with decisive action when this is clearly indicated. We believe that pupils involved in self-harm (e.g. cutting, anorexia, bulimia etc) are indulging in dangerous behaviour that we need to address in school. All staff must be conversant with the Child Protection Policy and the Child Protection Procedures document.

SELF-HARM – THE FACTS o The UK has the highest self-harm rates in Europe.  One in ten teenagers deliberately hurt themselves and 24,000 are admitted to hospital each year.  Four times more girls than boys end up in A&E after trying to harm themselves.  Many young people who self-harm drink excessive amounts of alcohol.  Many young people who self-harm report having difficult or abusive relationships, in most cases with their parents.  The experience of bullying has been reported to be a problem that leads to self-harm, particularly for girls.  Many young people who have been admitted to hospital following self-harm are discharged without any specialised follow-up.  Self-harm rarely occurs as a ‘one off’ experience.  Half the young people who commit suicide are known to have harmed themselves at least once in the previous year. Source: Protecting Children Update May 2004

SELF-HARM: THE PO LICY Where staff suspect a child or young person is harming himself or herself they should operate Child Protection procedures. Related Policies and Procedures: •

Child Protection Policy and Procedures

Anti-Bullying Policy and procedure

SEC: Updated July 2011

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W REKIN CO LLEGE CHILD PRO TECTIO N AND SAFEGUARDING PRO CEDURES (This procedure applies to all staff including support staff) This procedure is in line with Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Board (SCB) – Child Protection Procedures 2009, which are reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.

For the purpose of this document ‘staff’ include all those in the school community, including supply teachers, volunteers, visiting professionals working with pupils in the school (e.g. counsellor, Independent Listener) and those supporting school visits. REPO RTING TO THE DESIGNATED PERSO N Any concern must be discussed with Mrs Stella Clarke (SEC), the Senior Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding or, in her absence, Stephen Hield –SJH (Designated Person) or another member of the SMT, as soon as possible, no later than the end of the morning or afternoon of that day. DISCLO SURE – IMMEDIATE RESPO NSE TO THE CHILD It is vital that our actions do not cause further distress to the child or prejudice an investigation. If a child starts to disclose abuse: • • • •

Re-assure the child that she/he is right to tell and is not to blame Listen to the child, if you are shocked by what is being said, try not to show it. Do not promise not to tell anyone else; explain that you have to make sure the child is safe and may need to ask other adults to help you to do this. It is important that you do not make promises that you cannot keep such as ‘I’ll stay with you all the time’ or ‘it will be all right now’.

NO MEMBER O F STAFF SHO ULD O FFER ANY CHILD CO NFIDENTIALITY IN MATTERS W HICH CO ULD O R HAVE AFFECTED THE CHILD’S PHYSICAL, SO CIAL, EMO TIO NAL O R SEXUAL W ELLBEING. • • • • • • •

Do not interrogate the child in case you make their evidence inadmissible in court. It is our role to listen not to investigate. The pace should be dictated by the child. Let him/her tell you what she/he wants to and no more; she/he may need to disclose to a specialist later and too much detail given early may interfere with later investigations. Use open questions such as ‘is there anything else you want to tell me?’ or ‘yes?’ or ‘and?’ Accept what the child says. Be careful not to burden them with guilt by asking ‘why didn’t you tell me this before?’ Do not criticise the perpetrator, the child may have warm feelings for them, but merely wishes any abuse to stop. It is fine to observe bruises but do not ask a child to remove their clothing to observe them.

Having made this point it is important to ensure that pupils who have learning difficulties, communication or emotional problems are provided every opportunity and means to express themselves and to do so in a framework characterised by security and support. A. B.

When she/he has finished make sure she/he feels secure; explain what you are going to do next. The welfare of the child is paramount. Contact one of the designated persons immediately if you feel that the child should not be left alone, he or she will ensure that the child is looked after.

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Obtain a Child Protection Concern form from the Staff Common Room and complete it. This will enable you to write a full account of what the child has disclosed and will ensure that further action can be swift and based upon fact. Attach any relevant handwritten notes. See below: Recording Information. ACTIO N FO LLO W ING DISCLO SURE On completing the incident form, or immediately before completing it, inform the Senior Designated Person – Mrs Stella Clarke or, in her absence, Stephen Hield or another member of the SMT, as soon as possible, no later than the end of the morning or afternoon of that day. The Incident Form should be handed to the Designated Person or placed in a sealed envelope, marked “URGENT” for her/his attention, and given into the Headmaster’s Office. DO NO T DISCUSS THE DISCLO SURE W ITH ANYO NE. The Designated Person will take the following action: •

An internal meeting to which relevant staff will be invited will be convened by the Designated Person and a decision taken whether or not to: a) b)

seek further advice or information refer to Social Services for advice

In the event of any serious incident or disclosure Social Services will be informed immediately (within 24 hours). Ofsted will also be involved. •

A detailed record of all relevant details will be kept by the Senior Designated Person in a secure place.

Relevant staff including the member of staff to whom disclosure was made will be informed of the action taken by the Designated Person. Parents of a child who has made a disclosure may be contacted directly by Mrs Stella Clarke - Senior Designated Person or in her absence, Stephen Hield or another member of the SMT. Staff must not discuss disclosures with parents unless specifically authorised to do so by the Designated Person. ANY DIFFICULT SITUATIO NS MUST BE REFERRED TO THE SENIO R DESIGNATED PERSO N IMMEDIATELY. RECO RDING INFO RMATIO N Forms are available in the Staff Common Room to the right of the Child Protection Notice Board or on the school’s intranet in the folder marked ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding’. • Make some brief handwritten notes at the time or immediately afterwards. Record the date, time, place and context of disclosure or concern, recording facts, who you shared them with and not assumptions or interpretation. • Also record where you spoke with them and personal safety details such as ‘ I discussed the incident with the child in the Deputy Head’s office with the door open’ or justify if it were closed, but naming those who you told this to be the case. If alone, reason that rationale stating ‘the child stated they would only confide in me if I was alone’. • If you observe bruising or an injury try to record detail, e.g. ‘right arm above elbow’, ‘bruise noticed on fleshy part of leg’.

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Note the non-verbal behaviour and the key words in the language used by the child (try not to translate into ‘proper terms’ ensuring that you use the child’s own words). Body language should be noted to support any disclosure. It is important to retain on file signed original handwritten notes and pass them on to the Designated Person who may ask you to complete a Social Care Safeguarding Team referral form.

SUPPO RT FO R CHILDREN AND STAFF CHILDREN • We recognise that a child who is abused or witnesses violence may find it difficult to develop and maintain a sense of self worth and/or self blame. • We will ensure that all children know there is an adult in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty. We should not pry into a child’s life but provide an environment in which the young people feel safe and secure and where they will have the maximum opportunity to speak freely about concerns and worries. • In providing such a supportive environment pupils must understand that no member of staff can offer confidentiality that may lead to the protection of those who have been found guilty of abuse of any kind. • Members of staff support pupils best if they themselves adopt high professional standards. Care needs to be taken about becoming over-familiar with the children and young people in having conversations of types which could be misconstrued and by avoiding situations in which a child or young person is alone for long periods with a member of staff. Staff should refer to the school’s guidance around the school’s code of professional practice. o

We recognise that the school may provide the only stability in the lives of children who have or who are at risk from harm. The school community will therefore establish an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to.

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Research shows that the behaviour of a child in these circumstances may range from that which is perceived to be normal to aggressive or withdrawn. We will ensure PSHE curriculum opportunities which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm.

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Our policy on bullying and racist incidents is set out in separate documents and acknowledges that to allow or condone bullying or racism may lead to consideration under child protection procedures. These will be documented like all other incidents. Any bullying whether racist, emotional, physical, sexist, homophobic, cyber or in any other forms will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

STAFF – DISCLO SURES AND ALLEGATIO NS • Staff (to whom the disclosure was made, who will be supporting the child and who might be attending, strategy and case conferences) would be able to liaise with the Designated Person, with the minimum number of people involved who have “a need-to-know basis” of detail. •

Of the staff not directly involved they will be informed on a “need-to-know basis”.

Staff may also need support either as a person who has received a disclosure or if an allegation has been made against them and subsequently needs investigation to conclusion. In both cases support should be offered.

Staff should not accept personal invitations to visit the homes of children unless permission or instruction has been sought from the Headmaster and it is viewed as a professional appointment, for example supporting education welfare issues. This should be viewed on a case by case basis.

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Staff should be advised to seek support from their Professional Association or Trade Union.

All staff/Governor meetings will have Child Protection and Safeguarding as a standing agenda item on ALL meetings, this is testament to Wrekin making these priority areas and at the forefront of our minds.

The process of managing allegations against those who work with children can be viewed on the SCB website www.telfordsafeguardingboard.org.uk Section 4.1 Managing Allegations Against Adults who work with Children and Young People.

The school has internal procedures and processes in place for dealing with allegations and will follow SCB Policies and Procedures and involve the Senior Designated Person in school. The procedures make it clear that all allegations are to be reported straight away, normally to the Headmaster or Deputy Head (Pastoral)/Senior Designated Person (SEC) for referral if necessary. If the Headmaster or Deputy Head (Pastoral) themselves are the subject of the allegation, the Deputy Head (Academic) and the Designated Person (SJH) will liaise with the Chairman of Governors and follow the appropriate process. The SCB procedures allow for the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Mark Turner, to be party and responsible for monitoring cases to conclusion.

CO NFIDENTIALITY All staff at Wrekin need to be aware of the following definition given to the term “confidential information” with respect to child protection. ‘An obligation assumed by someone who receives information that she/he will only use it for some specified purpose and will not disclose it to others’. o

If abuse is suspected, information should be given directly to the Designated Person(s) for child protection or, in their absence, to another member of the Senior Management Team.

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The personal information about all families is regarded by those who work in this school as confidential. All staff need to be aware of the confidential nature of personal information and will aim to maintain this confidentiality in all areas of the school.

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Staff should understand they need know only enough to prepare them to act with sensitivity to a child and to refer concerns appropriately. It is inappropriate to provide all staff with detailed information about the child, the incident, the family and the consequent actions.

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Staff have a professional responsibility to share relevant information about the protection of children with other professionals, particularly investigating agencies.

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If a child confides in a member of staff and requests that the information is kept secret, it is important that the member of staff tells the child sensitively that he/she has a responsibility to refer cases of alleged abuse to the appropriate agencies for the welfare of that child. o

Within that context, the child should however be reassured that this will be shared on a “need to know” basis. If conversations need to take place and confidentiality is paramount to welfare, then these conversations will be held in appropriate settings and away from any general areas, where that confidentiality may be compromised. Further details on information sharing currently viewed at www.education.gov.uk

Whilst adhering to the principle of limiting the spread of information to the minimum numbers of people, at Wrekin all staff closely involved with a child, for whom there are child protection concerns, should know about the child’s circumstances, as it may affect practical matters such as:   

Who meets the child from school; Who gives permission to go on school outings and educational visits; Who attends parent’s evenings;

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Who should or should not share a room at the school or on a trip.

Boarding, teaching, support assistants, therapy and visiting medical staff may all attend child protection conferences where they are likely to hear detailed information about family circumstances and abusive incidents. They may also receive minutes that record these meetings. Particular care is necessary to maintain the confidentiality of such information whilst ensuring that the issues that may impact upon the child’s - life are communicated to all relevant staff. There is a need to agree the school’s definition of confidentiality and the responsibilities that being privy to such information brings. Staff, unless directly asked and supervised, should never raise with a child, information to which they have had access. The child’s or young person’s feelings should be paramount and many prefer staff not to know about traumatic events in their lives. The importance of discretion in the handling of such information cannot be over-stated. Any infringement of this policy, for example by inappropriate discussion in inappropriate settings or the sharing of confidential information for a purpose not sanctioned by the school will be regarded as a serious breach of professional conduct and would lead to disciplinary action against the members of staff concerned. DISSEMINATIO N O F INFO RMATIO N Staff will be told in their separate team meetings of present child protection concerns that impact on their work. This will be the duty of the Senior Designated Person. Such updates will take place on a termly basis or as a new concern is identified. Child protection issues will be on the agenda of at least one staff meeting per term. Access to the detailed child protection files will be through the Senior Designated Person. Requests for access should be limited to those staff who have a direct involvement with the pupil and need to know more about the circumstances. Should the school’s designated recipient of reports themselves be subject to allegation or suspicion then the Headmaster will take over the role of the Senior Designated Person. PARENTS •

Parents play an important role in protecting their children from abuse. The school is required to consider the safety of the child and should a concern arise, professional advice will be sought prior to contacting parents. If deemed appropriate parents will be contacted, and the school will continue to work with the parents to support the needs of their child.

The school aims to help parents understand that the school, like all others, has a responsibility for the welfare of all children and has a duty to refer cases to Social Care in the interests of the child. A child protection statement is included in the School’s Parent Pack. The school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures are published on the school’s website.

Parents that may have concerns regarding a staff member can in the first instance raise those with the Headmaster, the Senior Designated Person or Governing Body for further exploration. This may involve sharing those concerns with the relevant agencies. Where the parent may have concerns regarding the Headmaster, the Governor with responsibility for Child Protection (Mrs Alison Dixon) or the Deputy Head Pastoral (Mrs Stella Clarke) should be consulted in the first instance.

Parents can liaise with Ofsted on such conduct issues or regulatory concerns, advice can be found on its website www.ofsted.gov.uk or contact can be made direct to Ofsted on: Helpline 0300 123 1231 or a whistle-blowing line 0300 123 3155.

We will keep parents informed in all areas of safeguarding and child protection through regular methods of interaction such as parents' meetings, newsletters and parents forums.

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RECO RD KEEPING • All records are retained in a ‘Child Protection’ file, separate from the child’s main file. This is locked away and only accessible to the Designated Persons. •

The present policy for record keeping is to chronologically record concerns on a confidential file, including details of dates, times, staff involved and action taken. These are handwritten. Handwritten notes are never discarded.

Copies of e mail streams are also useful additions which can clearly document sequential action. Again, these would be used alongside handwritten notes and by no means be regarded as a substitute action. It is preferable not to name children in an e mail, but if they are then this should be password protected. If you are alerting a colleague to a concern then it is preferable to state that you have made a reference under ‘D’ in the concerns book, the ‘D’ pertaining to the child’s name.

The records are reviewed termly by the Senior Designated Person and checked to be chronological, tidy, legible and factual in content, as records may sometimes be immediately required by Professionals.

Upon releasing records the school will request ID Badges for release.

WHEN A CHILD TRANSFERS TO ANOTHER SCHOOL OR COLLEGE •

If a child is subject to a Child Protection Plan deemed at risk, the child’s key worker within Social Care will be contacted by the Senior Designated Person.

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The school will ensure that the new school receives all the necessary information relating to that child. The school will inform the Education Welfare Office when a child of compulsory school age leaves the school. Tel: 01952 385225 (Sue Simcock) Sue.simcock@telford.gov.uk

RETENTIO N O F CHILDREN’S FILES All schools must keep educational records on their children. These should include: •

copies of the reports which have been sent to parents/carers on the child’s achievements, as well as other records about those achievements

exchanges of correspondence between parents and the school

any information the school has on the child’s education from the local authority

any statement of special educational needs

any personal educational plan

There may be other records kept like details of attendance, exclusions, behaviour and family background. This is not compulsory but would be viewed as ‘best practice’. The educational record does not include the notes that a teacher makes for his or her own use. The Child Protection File is a separate file to the educational records. It must be noted that if files are asked to be secured, both files are key elements in any processes for which they are needed. It is important that on releasing files they are signed for on release and on return. Pupil record files must be kept until the individual reaches the age of 25 years. At this point the file should be shredded. Further information is available via: www.education.gov.uk and www.direct.gov.uk

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CHILDREN MISSING FROM EDUCATION, POOR/IRREGULAR ATTENDANCE, ISSUES OF FORCED MARRIAGE, FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND CHILDREN ABUSED THROUGH EXPLOITATION (CATE) •

“School staff need to be particularly sensitive to signs which may indicate possible safeguarding concerns. This could include for example, poor or irregular attendance or children missing from education” (Ofsted September 2009). The recognised figure for persistent absence being less than 80% (i.e. a child is absent for more than 20% of the time), although concerns may still be raised if above this.

Where issues may be raised of Forced Marriage whether by people within the community or school aged children we will follow Government guidance “Handling cases of Forced Marriage” (multi agency practice guidelines) June 2009, “Female Genital Mutilation” (multi agency practice guidelines) HM Government February 2011 and consult appropriately and sensitively in line with that guidance.

Where we as a school may feel that children may be being abused through exploitation, we will consult in the normal way with the Safeguarding Team Helpdesk at The Mount and seek advice as to whether the incident follows a CATE referral pathway. The concerns will be followed through sensitively and appropriately with fellow professionals.

HEALTH AND SAFETY AND PHYSICAL INTERVENTION Policies on Health & Safety and Physical Intervention are set out in separate documentation. It reflects the consideration Wrekin gives to the protection of our children both within the school environment and when away from school when undertaking school trips and visits.

DISCLO SURES INVO LVING MEMBERS O F STAFF Allegations of abuse against volunteers For allegations of abuse against volunteers the school will follow the same procedures as for members of staff, as given below. The school understands that a pupil may make an allegation of abuse against a member of staff. If a pupil makes an allegation against a member of staff the procedure outlined above must be followed. In addition, note the following: • • •

no discussion with any other member of staff should take place; the child should not be questioned beyond establishing the points she/he wishes to make; the Headmaster (or in their absence the Deputy Head Pastoral) should be informed as soon as possible after the disclosure has been made.

If such an allegation is made: • The member of staff receiving the allegation will immediately inform the Headmaster. • The Headmaster on all such occasions will discuss the content of the allegation with the Senior Designated Person for Child Protection, the Deputy Head (Pastoral). • The Headmaster will then discuss the content of the allegation with Mark Turner the Principal Officer Child Protection for Schools & Early Years, LADO, or in their absence the Safeguarding Advisory Service.

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If the allegation made to a member of staff concerns the Headmaster, the Senior Designated Person for Child Protection, Deputy Head (Pastoral), will immediately inform the Chairman of Governors and she will consult with the Principal Officer for Schools & Early Years, LADO, – Mark Turner. A referral MUST be made within 24 hours (in writing or with written confirmation of a telephone referral) to the local social services department to carry out child protection investigations, rather than an internal investigation by the school.

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If such an allegation is made, the member of staff subject to the allegation will be assigned a designated member of staff contact to support them through the process. Soon after the allegation is made, a decision will be taken as to whether a Joint Strategy Meeting needs to be convened to discuss the matter further. If it is decided at that meeting that an investigation should commence, this may be initially led by the Police and Social Services, prior to it being referred back to the Local Authority to investigate under agreed disciplinary procedures.

The school is required to report to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), within one month of leaving the school, any person (whether employed, contracted, a volunteer or pupil) whose services are no longer used because he or she is considered unsuitable to work with children. The VBS information line is: 0300 123 111. ISA helpline is: 01325 953 795. W HISTLEBLO W ING • The school recognises that pupils cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where staff fail to do so. • All staff should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues. A person who in good faith reports significant concerns, allegations or suspicions of circumstances, situations or the behaviour of others which is likely to put a child’s safety or welfare at risk will never be victimised following their disclosure.

DISCLO SURES INVO LVING O THER PUPILS • If the disclosure involves another pupil the procedure outlined above must be followed. • Abuse by pupils in the school may be physical, sexual or emotional. There will be a need to distinguish between actions that can be dealt with through normal disciplinary channels and those that constitute potential abuse where involvement of other statutory agencies is required.

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The following guidelines are designed to help clarify the situation. Physical Abuse • •

A one-off small scale injury such as a bruise or mark on the skin following a disagreement between two pupils would not normally be regarded as abuse but would need to be recorded and dealt with through the disciplinary procedures currently applying. Systematic or regular physical injury sustained by a child from another who has not responded to normal disciplinary measures may constitute abuse and consideration would need to be given to see if implementation of the School’s Child Protection procedures and/or the School’s Exclusion Policy was warranted. Major physical injuries deliberately inflicted may involve immediate implementation of the Child Protection procedures as well as the temporary or permanent exclusion of the pupil who had inflicted the injuries. These situations would be decided after consultation with Social Services.

Sexual Abuse • • • •

Any form of sexual contact in which one pupil has not given their consent constitutes abuse and the School’s Child Protection procedures will be implemented. Where consent is given abuse may still occur if one or both of the pupils is under 16. Sexual contact between pupils may not involve abuse but such contact in the school is forbidden if it involves the touching of the genitals. Abuse may still occur if pupils, irrespective of age, give their consent to engage in any sexual activity for which they have a limited capacity to make an informed choice.

Emotional Abuse •

The systematic bullying (including cyberbullying) of one pupil by others can constitute abuse and has to be recognised as a serious matter. It will also be dealt with in accordance with the School’s policy on bullying.

UNCO NFIRMED W O RRIES ABO UT PO SSIBLE CHILD ABUSE  Very often staff have unconfirmed worries about pupils, but little real evidence, and so feel unsure about how to proceed. Many cases have shown that these unconfirmed worries are in fact the tip of the iceberg; that if information from one member of staff was placed alongside that of another professional then there may be a serious cause for concern.  It is therefore vital that even vague ‘worries’ are passed on at the earliest stage to the designated members of staff who are in a position to evaluate the information and to involve other agencies as appropriate. Incident sheets should be completed with staff clearly identifying what is fact and what is opinion.  Any unconfirmed worries should be recorded on an Incident Report Form. All incidents, suspicions or concerns should be recorded, dated and signed and passed on to the Senior Designated Person.

CHILD PRO TECTIO N TRAINING • •

All new members of staff will be given training and a copy of our child protection policy and procedures as part of their induction programme. The School’s Designated Persons will show a commitment to their role by attending specialised courses at 2 yearly intervals – due on or before Nov 2014.

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Teaching Staff training delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB at 3 yearly intervals – due on or before Lent 2015. Support Staff training delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB at 3 yearly intervals – due on or before Lent 2013. Catch up training, delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB, takes place in February 2012. The Governor with responsibility for Child Protection, Mrs Alison Dixon, will show commitment to her role by attending specialised courses at 2 yearly intervals – due on or before Lent 2014. Mrs Alison Dixon attended ‘Raising Awareness in Child Protection’ delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB in January 2012. The Designated Persons are responsible for the briefing and training of all staff (teaching and support) with respect to Child Protection (Policy and Procedures). Mrs Stella Clarke, the Senior Designated Person, is responsible for briefing and training the School Prefects. Details of Designated Persons’ Training: Stephen Hield (SJH): Newly Designated Persons, Telford & Wrekin SCB, November 2010. Interagency Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities, Telford & Wrekin SCB, completed December 2011. Mrs Stella Clarke (SEC): Senior Designated Person (Training to include inter-agency training) Child Protection in Education Annual Conference: Birmingham 29th September 2010. Understanding ADHD: A Master Class delivered by Telford & Wrekin CAMHS September 2010. Lead Child Protection Training for Heads and Deputies, completed 23rd January 2012 at King’s School Ely. Training delivered by Jenny Parris Independent Safeguarding Trainer. Senior Designated Person (SEC) Training continued: The following training was delivered by Telford & Wrekin SCB assured trainers: Newly Designated Persons, November 2010. CAF Training (childrensworkforce.team@telford.gov.uk) Level 2 - Summer 2010. CAF Refresher Course, completed December 2010. CDOP, Telford & Wrekin SCB, completed 4th May 2011. CATE (Children Abused Through Exploitation), completed 27th May 2011. Interagency Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities, completed 8th June 2011. Developing Child Protection Practice: Neglect module, completed 4th October 2011. Developing Child Protection Practice: Sexual Abuse module, completed 8th November 2011. Designated Persons Briefing – Safeguarding Update, completed 9th February 2012. Mrs Stella Clarke is a CEOP registered trainer: December 2009, Telford and Wrekin SCB. Updated January 2011.

SAFER RECRUITMENT AND E-SAFETY •

It is a requirement that from January 1st 2010 that at least 1 person involved in interviewing an applicant for a post of Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Teacher or member of the whole school support staff must have completed the safer recruitment training developed by the previous DCSF/NCSL. This is part of our policy on child protection.

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All staff working in the school community will be subject to enhanced CRB checks and registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) upon its inception of registration requirements. Reference to this process can be viewed at: www.isa-gov.org.uk

Where appropriate, intervention will take place when anyone uses e-technology in an unacceptable fashion. Any monitoring software that is used within the school will be reviewed and checked regularly. On occasions unacceptable websites might be accessed inadvertently; if this occurs then this should be logged and reported to the Senior Management and to the ICT team. It is recognised at this school that all information technology, whether personal or work based, is a whole school issue and all staff has a duty to be vigilant. The Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board issued guidance ‘Raising Awareness in the Safe Use of ICT Systems’ and ‘Use of restraint in Schools’ – these were issued to staff in September 2009.

E-Safety is an important aspect of Safeguarding and Child Protection. The school is committed to improving safety for its pupils through the above and through e-Safety training for pupils and parents. E-Safety is part of the ICT Department’s Scheme of Work. Useful sites include: www.ceop.gov.uk (CEOP: Child Exploitation Online Protection) and www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The Senior Designated Person, Mrs Stella Clarke, is a CEOP registered trainer: December 2009, Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board, updated January 2011.

All teaching staff are CEOP registered trainers as from January 2011.

FINALLY - FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE CODE: A.

MAKE TIME FOR PUPILS TO TALK

B.

LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

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TAKE SERIOUSLY ANY DISCLOSURES AND RE-ASSURE THE PUPIL MAKING THEM

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RECORD INFORMATION

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REPORT INFORMATION

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DO NOT DISCUSS DISCLOSURES

The following guidance for all staff working with children may be found on the public staff area of the school’s intranet in the folder marked ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding Children): ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings’ – updated from an original document produced by a DCSF network of Advisors: March 2009 A hard copy of this document is kept in the Staff Common Room

Mrs Alison Dixon: Governor with responsibility for Child Protection matters. Contactable through School. Tel: 01952 265600 Mrs Stella Clarke: Senior Designated Person. Tel: 01952 265600 (S), 01952 265685 (H), 07811 560504 (M)

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Mr Stephen Hield: Designated Person. Contactable through School. Tel: 01952 265600 Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board: Social Care Safeguarding Team Helpdesk at The Mount, Wellington, Telford. Tel: 01952 385700. Out of office hours: 01952 676500 Mark Turner: Principal Officer Child Protection (Schools & Early Years), LADO. Tel: 01952 385678 Anne Cole: Safeguarding Advisory Service Manager. Tel: 01952 250421 Jane Weaving: ISM Wellington. Tel: 07973 454572 or 01952 385576 Ofsted Helpline: 0300 123 1231 or a whistle-blowing line 0300 123 3155. The website for the Office of the Children's Rights Director for England (Roger Morgan) is www.rights4me.org

Standard 11 of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools, Child Protection, states: The school ensures that: •

Arrangements are made to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at the school; and

Such arrangements have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

Appendix 2 of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools, List of Records. The School is required to keep the following records in respect of Child Protection and Safeguarding: • Child Protection allegations or concerns • Major sanctions • Use of physical restraint • Complaints • Significant accidents and illnesses • Staff recruitment records and checks (including checks on others given substantial unsupervised access to boarders or boarding accommodation)

Mrs Stella Clarke, the Senior Designated Person, is responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures documentation. ALL STAFF WILL BE GIVEN A COPY OF THE SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY AND PROCEDURES. Note: all School Prefects have a copy of this policy.

COMMITTMENT TO REVIEW The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures will be flexible to change and will be reviewed on

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an ongoing basis to reflect where there are any changes in Government Legislation or any changes in the duty of statutory agencies in Child Protection and the wider Safeguarding agenda. If it is not appropriate to refine the policy/procedures during the year, then this will be done as a matter of course on a yearly basis. HOWEVER, ANY DEFICIENCIES OR WEAKNESSES IN CHILD PROTECTION ARRANGEMENTS, REVEALED BY ANYONE, WILL BE REMEDIED WITHOUT DELAY AS AN URGENT PRIORITY. Related Policies and Procedures: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Child Protection Policy Pupil Welfare Policy Health Promotion Policy PSHE Policy Anti-Bullying Policy Anti-Bullying Procedure E-safety Policy Permissible Sanctions Policy Rewards and Sanctions Policy Use of Physical Intervention Policy Confidentiality of Information Policy Prefects’ Policy Policy in the event of a pupil going missing Conducting Interviews Procedure Policy for Whistleblowing Procedures Complaints Procedure Recruitment Policy and Procedure

The governing body undertakes an annual review of the school’s child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures and of the efficiency with which the related duties have been discharged. Date of Policy and Procedures Adoption by Governing Body: November 2011 Review completed November 2011: all found to be in order. Date of next review November 2012 SEC: Updated March 2012

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CHILD PRO TECTIO N FLO W CHART Be alert to child abuse Recognise suspicion or allegation Report concerns to a Designated Person (SEC/SJH) or Senior Member of Staff Incident recorded

Senior Designated Person for Child Protection and Safeguarding – Mrs Stella Clarke

Take action/decision

Seek advice : report to Social Services/customer services manager/Principal Medical Officer

Statutory investigations SDP delegate(s) who attends statutory meeting

SDP delegate(s) who attends Case Conference

SDP and Head acts on resolution

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Child Protection Policy March 2012