Thursday 17 August 2017 |

Safeguarding

 

SAFEGUARDING

 

At MADANI SCHOOLS FEDERATION, the governors and staff fully recognise the contribution the school makes to safeguarding children.   We recognise that the safety and protection of all pupils is of paramount importance and that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm.

 

We believe that the school should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment, which promotes all pupils’ social, physical, emotional and moral development.

 

Ultimately, effective child protection and safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of a wider safeguarding system with every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of all and particularly our most vulnerable children in line with: Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.

 

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This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004; the Education Act 2002, and in line with government publications: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2015, Revised Safeguarding Statutory Guidance ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ 2000, ‘What to do if You are Worried a Child is Being Abused’ 2015.The guidance in particular most recently reflects, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2016.

 
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The Governing body takes seriously its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

 
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In saying this, no single individual or professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

 
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We recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.

 
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In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all adults and professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred considering at all times, what is in the best interests of the child in adherence with related school policies

 

The aims of this policy are to: 

 

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To support the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence.

 

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Toprovide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to.

 

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Toprovide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to.

 

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To raise the awareness of all teaching and non-teaching staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse (Reference Appendices CP Policy).

 

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To provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensure we, the school, contribute to assessments of need and support packages for those children.

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To emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff.

 

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To develop a structured procedure within the school which will be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse.

 

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To develop and promote effective working relationships with other agencies as appropriate, especially the Police, Leicester Safeguarding Children Board and Social Care.

 

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To ensure that all associated to the school as appropriate have been checked as to their suitability in line with safer recruitment, including verification of their identity, qualifications, DBS and other checks (according to guidance), and a central record is kept updated for audit.

 

Governors’ Committee Responsible: Behaviour and Safety

Governor Lead: Mr Hussein Suleman, Chair of Governors

Designated Safeguarding Leader: Mr Riyaz Laher

Deputy Safeguarding Leaders: Mr Imtiaz Patel and Miss Sumeya Bhikhu

Status & Review Cycle: On-going with Annual Renewal (Statutory)

Next Review Date: 23rd August 2017

Local Authority Designated Officer:Jill Parker | 0116 454 2440

Leicester Safeguarding Children Board procedures: http://llrscb.proceduresonline.com/index.htm

Children's Social Care Services - Duty and Advice Service: 24 Hours -  Tel: 0116 454 1004 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition to the policies above, which apply to schools, further safeguarding duties are also placed on them through other statutes. The key duties that fall on schools are set out below:

Schools and Further Education (FE) institutions should give effect to their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of their pupils under section 175/157 the Education Act 2002 and where appropriate under the Children Act 1989 and Children and Families Act 2014 by:

1. Creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for children and young people; and

2. Identifying where there are child welfare concerns and taking action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate.

In order to fulfil their duty under sections 157 and 175 of the Education Act 2002, all educational settings to whom the duty applies should have in place the arrangements as set out above. In addition schools should have regard to specific guidance given by the Secretary of State under sections 157 and 175 of the Education Act 2002 namely, Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education and Dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers.

 

SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING POLICIES

MSF Child Protection Policy 2016 - 2017.pdf 

School Child Protection Policy. The policy reflects current legislation, accepted best practice and complies with the government guidance. It should be read and complied with in conjunction with referenced, associated documents and Forthcoming statutory guidance and legislation.

MSF Staff Code of Conduct 2016 - 2017.pdf 

The adopted Code of Conduct (Staff Behaviour Policy) is framed on the Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings released in October 2015.

SAFEGUARDING FORMS

MSF Statement Form.pdf 

MUST be completed to compile notes or log any forms of disclosures. Notes or forms must be detailed, accurate, completed in line with policy. signed where appropriate before passed to the Designated Safeguarding Leader Mr Laher, Deputy DSL or directly to the Children & Young Peoples services as soon as possible.

MSF Timeline Form.pdf 

V7 Referral Form 310714.doc 

 

OTHER RELEVANT FORMS

MSF Bullying Report Form

This form must be completed for all instances of bullying as defined by local and school policy definition in addition to other school forms. Bullying is defined as ‘To hurt, scare, or upset someone, emotionally, physically, or verbally for any reason – STOP Several Times On Purpose and/ or in School, Travelling, Online or in Private. The form incorporates on-going monitoring and protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.

MSF Racist & Discriminatory Incident Form

This form must be completed for all instances of racist and discriminatory behaviour in line with the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. This information is submitted to the local authority and reviewed by the school to refine school policy.

Prevent Referral Form Referral Form 

In line with Prevent training and guidance issued to staff, Prevent related referrals should be made via the DSL or directly to the Prevent Engagement team -

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

School Nurse Referral Form August 2016 

Referrals can be made using the form via the Pastoral Officer, School Nurse Helpbox or Email:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  directly.

In emergencies ONLY, the school Nurse may be contacted via: Westcotes Health Centre, Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0LP | Telephone 0116 295 3178Consent guidance is available via DSL

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Consent-to-treatment/Pages/Children-under-16.aspx

 

KEY SAFEGUARDING DOCUMENTS

Cross Border Child Protection The 1996 Hague Convention 2012.pdf 

This is advice from the Department for Education. The advice is non-statutory, and is designed to help when dealing with cross-border child protection cases under the 1996 Hague Convention.

DCSF Guidance to Safer Working Practices 2009.pdf 

This guidance has been updated from the original ‘Guidance for Safe Working Practice for the Protection of Children and Adults in Education Settings 2006 commissioned by DfES (See MSF Code of Conduct).

DFES What to do if you're worried a child is being abused SUMMARY.pdf 

This practice guidance from the DfES has been developed to assist practitioners to work together to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. It is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, but particularly those who work in early years, social care, health, education, schools and criminal justice services.

DFES What to do if you're worried a child is being abused.pdf 

Statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care.pdf 

Flowchart showing roles and responsibilities when a child goes missing from care

Forced Marriage right to choose HM Govt FCO 2013.pdf 

The Right to Choose: Multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Department for Children Schools and Families, Department of Health, Department for Communities and Local Government, Association of Chief Police Officers et al.

Information sharing advice safeguarding practitioners 2015.pdf 

The document is for all frontline practitioners including teachers who share information related to safeguarding cases. This guidance supersedes the HM Government Information Sharing document published in 2008.

Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies - a briefing for section 5 inspections.pdf  

This briefing paper aims to support inspectors in reviewing schools’ safeguarding arrangements when carrying out section 5 inspections.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.pdf 

‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016′ is a revision of the previous statutory guidance from 2015 that all schools and colleges must have regard to.

The body of the document is largely unchanged, but there are new inclusions that draw in new guidance and legislation since the original was published, including duties under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Keeping Children Safe In Education_Staff Information 2015.pdf 

Ofsted Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies 2015.pdf

This briefing captures the overarching points related to the inspection of safeguarding and looks at the relationship between safeguarding and the evaluation schedule as a whole as set out in the inspectorates school inspection handbook

Provision of Accommodation for 16 year olds who may be homeless or need accomodation.pdf 

Guidance to children’s services authorities and local housing authorities about their duties under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989 and Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 to secure or provide accommodation for homeless 16 and 17 year old young people.

Safeguarding Children affected from Gang Activity DCSF 2010.pdf 

This guidance is intended to help agencies and practitioners respond effectively to the needs of young people – girls and young women, as well as boys and young men – who are at risk of gang related violence and harm.

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education DfES 2006.pdf 

This document sets out the responsibilities of all local authorities, schools and Further Education (FE) colleges in England to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It sets out recruitment legislation, best practice, for schools, and the local authority.

Safeguarding Children from emotional abuse DCSF 2009.pdf 

This review summarises the evidence about what works to prevent child emotional maltreatment before if occurs and also to prevent its recurrence.

Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation DCSF 2009.pdf 

This guidance document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people from sexual exploitation.

Safeguarding Children in whom illness is fabricated or induced DCSF 2009.pdf 

This supplementary guidance Safeguarding Children in whom Illness is Fabricated or Induced is intended to provide a national framework within which agencies and professionals at local level – individually and jointly work together where illness may be being fabricated or induced in a child by a parent/ carer. It is addressed to those who work in health, education, schools, probation and social care, the police and all others whose work brings them into contact with children and families.

Safeguarding Children who may have been trafficked DFE 2011.pdf 

This non-statutory good practice guidance is for agencies in England which are likely to encounter, or have referred to them, children and young people who may have been trafficked. It is intended to help agencies safeguard and promote the welfare of children who may have been trafficked.

Safeguarding Disabled Children Guidance DCSF 2009.pdf 

This practice guidance should be read alongside Working Together, which sets out how all agencies and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote children’s welfare and provides guidance making it clear that disabled children have exactly the same human rights to be safe from abuse and neglect and to be protected from harm.

Statutory Guidance_Regulated activity DFE 2013.pdf 

This document defines regulated activity and fulfils the duty in legislation that the Secretary of State must publish statutory guidance on supervision of activity by workers with children, which when unsupervised is regulated activity.

Statutory_Guidance on children who go missing or run away 2014.pdf 

This guidance sets out the steps local authorities and their partners (including Schools) should take to prevent children from going missing and to protect them when they do go missing.

What to do if youre worried a child is being abused 2015.pdf 

This guidance has been produced to help practitioners identify child abuse and neglect and take appropriate action.

The document replaces the previous version published in 2006, and compliments the Working Together and Keeping Children Safe documents from March 2015.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.pdf

A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

This statutory guidance should be read and followed by schools and relevant professionals so that they can respond to individual childrens’ needs as appropriate.

Leicester City Key Contacts for Safeguarding Children 

Leicester City Key Contact Information for Safeguarding Children

http://www.lcitylscb.org

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Boards have developed a set of leaflets and posters for parents, carers and practitioners on how to keep children safe.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

www.disrespectnobody.co.uk 

www.saferinternet.org.uk 

www.internetmatters.org 

www.pshe-association.org.uk 

educateagainsthate.com 

www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-use-of-social-media-for-online-radicalisation

Online Safety

There is a wealth of information available to support Parents/ Carers to keep children safe online. The following links is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Campaign 

The child sexual exploitation awareness raising campaign 'Could you spot the signs?', which is being led by the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aims to draw attention to the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do if you have concerns. It targets a number of different audiences including children and young people, parents, businesses and practitioners.

DfE Children Missing Education_SG SEPT 2016 

DfE Improving Information in Identifying Children Missing Education_consultation_JAN 2016 

This statutory guidance sets out key principles to make arrangements to identify, as far as it is possible to do so, children missing education (CME).

HMG Multi Agency Guideline_Handling Cases of FGM SG 2016

This statutory guidance sets out the responsibilities of front-line professionals within agencies involved in safeguarding and supporting women and girls affected by FGM.

Inspecting safeguarding in early years education and skills settings Ofsted AUG 2016

This guidance sets out the key points inspectors need to consider when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings.

 

Wherever the word “staff” is used, it covers ALL staff on site, including ancillary supply and self-employed staff, contractors, volunteers working with children etc, and governors

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