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Child Protection (Safeguarding) Policy 2017

Guidance on Safeguarding

Key contacts

 

Click here to read our Child Protection Policy

 

Role Name Contact
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

07780508919

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

Darren.F.Taylor@merseyside.police.uk

Interim Director of Children’s Services Debora Gornik 0151 606  2000
Integrated Front Door

(Formerly CADT)

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

999

101

 

  1. INTRODUCTION
  • 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.

3          SCOPE

  • 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:
  1. Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children, March 2015
  2. Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges, September 2016

All procedures can be found on the WSCB website :

https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/

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

RECORD KEEPING

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

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