Guidance on Safeguarding
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Paul Hindle||0151 625 8446|
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead||Deputy Headteacher Karen Taylor||AS ABOVE|
|Nominated governor for Safeguarding and C P||Simon Jones||AS ABOVE|
|Chair of Governors||Karen Ellson||AS ABOVE|
|Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)||Suzanne Cottrell
In the absence of the LADO officer, the duty IRO officer from the team covers this role and the contact number for them is 0151 666 4442
|0151 666 4582
|WSCB Corporate Head of Safeguarding and Prevent Lead for LA||Kerry Mehta||0151 666 5574|
|Prevent Team Merseyside Police||DS Darren Taylor||0151 777 8311|
|Interim Director of Children’s Services||Debora Gornik||0151 606 2000|
|Integrated Front Door
|Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5.00pm
Outside of these hours
|0151 606 2008
Tel: 0151 677 6557
|Police||In an emergency
For non-emergency but possible crime
- Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
- Our pupils’ welfare is our paramount concern. The governing body will ensure that our school will safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our school has adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.
- Our school is a community and all those directly connected, staff members, governors, parents, families and pupils, have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure.
- This procedure document provides the basis for good practice within the school for Safeguarding work. It should be read in conjunction with the Wirral Local Safeguarding Board Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. These are in keeping with relevant national procedures and reflect what the Board considers to be safe and professional practice in this context.
2 OUR ETHOS
- We believe that our school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical, spiritual and moral development of the individual child.
- We recognise the importance of providing an environment within our school that will help children feel safe and respected. We recognise the importance of enabling children to talk openly and to feel confident that they will be listened to.
- We recognise that all adults within the school, including permanent and temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm.
- We will work with parents to build an understanding of the school’s responsibilities to ensure the welfare of all children, including the need for referrals to other agencies in some situations.
- In line with the law, this policy defines a child as anyone under the age of 18 years but in the case of SEN it is up to 25 years of age
- This policy applies to all members of staff in our school, including all permanent, temporary and support staff, governors, volunteers, contractors and external service or activity providers
- This policy applies to all learners in this school.
4 THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK
- Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on governing bodies of maintained schools and further education institutions (including sixth-form colleges) to make arrangements for ensuring that their functions relating to the conduct of the school are exercised with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the school. Section 157 of the same Act places a similar duty on non-maintained and independent schools, including free schools and academies.
- Under section 10 of the Children Act 2004, all maintained schools, further education colleges and independent schools, including free schools and academies, are required to cooperate with the local authority to improve the well-being of children in the local authority area.
- Under section 14B of the Children Act 2004, the Local Safeguarding Children Board can require a school or further education institution to supply information in order to perform its functions. This must be complied with.
- This policy and the accompanying procedure have been developed in accordance with the following statutory guidance and local safeguarding procedures:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children, March 2015
- Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges, September 2016
All procedures can be found on the WSCB website :
For all other information on our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure, please download and view the full policy by clinking on te link at the top of the page. You will find information about:-
5. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
6. SUPPORTING CHILDREN
7. SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURE
8. DEALING WITH A DISCLOSURE MADE BY A CHILD – ADVICE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF
9. DISCUSSING CONCERNS WITH THE FAMILY AND THE CHILD – ADVICE FOR THE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD
10. SAFER WORKFORCE AND MANAGING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
11. STAFF INDUCTION, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
12. CONFIDENTIALITY, CONSENT AND INFORMATION SHARING
13. INTER-AGENCY WORKING
14. CONTRACTORS, SERVICE AND ACTIVITY PROVIDERS AND WORK PLACEMENT PROVIDERS
15. WHISTLE-BLOWING AND COMPLAINTS
16. SITE SECURITY
17. QUALITY ASSURANCE
18. POLICY REVIEW