Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy - February 2016

 February 2016
"Let us remember we are in the presence of God"
Policy Adopted
Next Review
Reviewed February 2016 – A.Holdcoft.
February 2017
Mrs Pritchard/ Mr Brennan/Mrs Holdcroft
Agreed by Governors
John Thompson – Chair
February 2016
St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
Governors’ Committee Responsible:
Safeguarding Committee
Governor Lead:
Theresa Madden
Nominated Lead Members of Staff:
Mrs Pritchard (Deputy Principal), Mr Brennan (Assistant Principal) and Mrs Holdcroft (Safeguarding Manager)
Status & Review Cycle: 
Statutory             Annual
Next Review Date: 
February 2017
1.0          INTRODUCTION
1.1 St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy fully recognizes its responsibility to safeguard and to protect children and young people. The school takes this responsibility very seriously, working closely with the Local Authority and other agencies, as well as within guidance, policies and procedures of Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Boards, 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' 2015 and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' 2015.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. Children include everyone under the age of 18.
Where a child is suffering significant harm, or is likely to do so, action should be taken to protect that child. Action should also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.
1.2          There are three main elements to our schools policy:
                a)            Prevention through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils.
                b)            Procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse. Because of our day to day contact with children school staff are well placed to observe the outward sign of abuse.
                c)            Support to pupils who may have been abused.
1.3          Safe School, Safe Staff
We will ensure that:
  • All members of the governing body understand and fulfil their responsibilities, namely to ensure that:
  • there is a Child Protection policy together with a staff behaviour (code of conduct) policy
  • the school operates safer recruitment procedures by ensuring that there is at least one person on every recruitment panel that has completed Safer Recruitment training
  • the school has procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers and to make a referral to the DBS if a person in regulated activity has been dismissed or removed due to safeguarding concerns, or would have had they not resigned.
  • on appointment, the DCPOs undertake interagency training and also undertake DCPO ‘new to role’ and an ‘update’ course every 2 years
  • all other staff have Safeguarding training updated as appropriate
  • any weaknesses in Child Protection are remedied immediately
2.1 Our policy applies to all staff and volunteers working in the school, including community education staff and governors. Learning Support Practitioners, Assistant Learning and Progress Managers, secretaries as well as teachers can be the first point of disclosure for a child. Concerned parents may also contact school governors.
2.2  Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All staff are required to be vigilant to any signs or concerns regarding the wellbeing and safety of all students in the school’s care, and to pass those onto the appropriate member of staff as outlined below.
2.4           The Head Teacher and the Board of Governors are responsible overall for the safeguarding and well being of all pupils.
2.5          The Head Teacher has delegated the role of Designated Child Protection Officer for the school to a senior member of staff, to ensure that someone is available at all times to deal with any child protection concerns that may arise.
2.6          The Designated Child Protection Officers are MRS PRITCHARD (Vice Principal),
MRS HOLDCROFT (Safeguarding Manager) and MR BRENNAN (Assistant Principal)
2.7          The Head Teacher is responsible for managing any allegations or concerns regarding members of staff or volunteers within the school, and will follow the
Policy of the Safeguarding Children Board “Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers Who Work With Children;”
(Procedures – Section D: Specific Circumstances – LADO.) 
2.8     The Board of Governors have:-
  • A responsibility for reviewing and updating this policy, alongside the Head teacher, every year.
  • A responsibility to monitor compliance and reporting of child protection issues.
  • A Governor with particular responsibility for child protection – Mrs T. Madden.
  • A chair of Governors who will liaise with the Local Authority if an allegation is made against the Head Teacher
3.2          The school will therefore:
                a)            Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to;
                b)            Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty;
                 c)            Identify children for whom there may be increased risk factors, and provide appropriate support, advice and guidance;
                d)            Include in the curriculum, activities and opportunities for ECM lessons which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse and to know to whom to turn for help;           
                e)            Include regular consultation with children e.g. through safety questionnaires, participation in anti-bullying week, asking children to report whether they have had happy/sad lunchtimes/playtimes
                f)             Include, in the curriculum, material which will help children develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life, particularly with regard to child care and parenting skills
                g)            Ensure all staff are aware of school guidance for their use of mobile technology and have discussed safeguarding issues around the use of mobile technologies and their associated risks.
4.0          PROCEDURES
4.1          St. Margaret Ward Catholic Academy adhere to and follow the policies and procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board. These can be found
4.2          The school will work to develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at initial child protection conferences, core group meetings and child protection review conferences;
4.3          The school will ensure every member of staff (including Community
                 Education Staff ;) volunteers and governors know:
  1. That safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and they have an individual responsibility for referring child protection concerns using the appropriate procedures.
  2. The name of the Designated Child Protection Officers and their role;
  3. That it is not a staff member’s responsibility to carry out investigations, nor decide if a child has been abused.This is a matter for specialist agencies -
    The Local Authorities Advice & Referral Team (previously Social Care; Duty Team), the Police and the Health Authority
  4. It is, however, their responsibility to immediately record any concerns (no matter how small they may seem) and pass them onto the Designated Child Protection Officer(s) without delay.
  5. Written records of concerns about children (which include the date, event and action taken), will be made even where there is no need to refer the matter to the Local Authorities Advice & Referral Teamimmediately;
  6. In circumstances where information does need to be shared with, the Local Authorities Advice & Referral Team, this will be done without delay.
  7. All records are kept secure and in locked locations.
4.4 Staff must report concerns to the Designated Child Protection Officer if:-
  • They are worried that a child’s standard of health and development is being impaired;
  • They observe injuries on a child which appear to be non accidental;
  • They are told anything which might indicate that a child may be suffering from, or at risk of suffering from significant harm.
    4.5          Any concerns that a child may have been subjected to physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect, will be acted upon immediately in line with Local Safeguarding Children Board Policies and Procedures. This information will be shared with the Local Authority (Advice & Referral Team) initially by telephone, and a referral confirmed within 24 hours using the Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF). This is found on the home page of Stoke Safeguarding Children Board website.
    4.6          Whilst it will generally be the Designated Child Protection Officer or their Deputy who makes a referral into the Local Authority, in the absence of these Officers, referrals must not be delayed, and can be made by any member of staff.
4.7           Managing Allegations against Staff
4.8          The Head Teacher is responsible for managing allegations against staff and will liaise with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
4.9          Anyone working in the school is considered to be in a position of trust, irrespective of whether they are a paid employee, temporary, casual or agency staff, volunteer, self employed person or contractor. As a person in a position of trust, staff will ensure that they do not harm young people, or act in a way that brings into question their suitability to work with children or young people, either in their professional or personal life.
4.10        Any allegation made against a member of staff or volunteer will be dealt with fairly and objectively. To ensure that this happens, and to protect children and  adults alike the school will follow the Safeguarding Children Board policy “Managing Allegations Against Staff and Volunteers Who Work With Children;” (Procedures – Section D: Specific Circumstances – LADO.) 
4.11        Should an allegation be made against the Head Teacher, then the Chair of Governors will take on the role of liaising with the LADO.
4.12        Children with a Child Protection Plan
4.13         The school will notify the Local Authority (Vulnerable Children & Corporate
                 Parenting Division) if:
  • it should have to exclude a pupil with a child protection plan either for a fixed term or permanently
  • if there is an unexplained absence of a pupil with child a protection plan of more than two days duration from school
4.14   Recruitment, selection and pre-employment vetting
4.15        The school will follow the guidance of Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment 2006, when employing staff, ensuring that enhanced DBS checks and satisfactory references are sought and confirmed, and that at least one person on interview panels has undertaken Safer Recruitment Training
It is vital that schools and colleges create a culture of safe recruitment and, as part of that, adopt recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children. This part of the guidance describes in detail those checks that are, or may be, required for any individual working in any capacity at, or visiting, the school or college. Governing bodies and proprietors must act reasonably in making decisions about the suitability of the prospective employee based on checks and evidence including: criminal record checks (DBS checks), barred list checks and prohibition checks together with references and interview information.
The level of DBS check required, and whether a prohibition check is required, will depend on the role and duties of an applicant to work in a school or college, as outlined in this guidance.
For most appointments, an enhanced DBS check with barred list information will be appropriate as the majority of staff will be engaging in regulated activity. A person will be considered to be in ‘regulated activity’ if as a result of their work they:
  • will be responsible, on a regular basis, in any setting for the care or supervision of children; or
  • will regularly work in a school or college at times when children are on school or college premises (where the person’s work requires interaction with children, whether or not the work is paid (unless they are a supervised volunteer), or whether the person is directly employed or employed by a contractor); or
  • In a college, will regularly come into contact with children under 18 years of age
5.0      TRAINING
5.1          St Margaret Ward recognises the importance of training and ensures that all members of staff are fully equipped to undertake their safeguarding responsibilities.
5.2          The school will ensure that all staff receive training in line with their position and level of responsibility, as per the guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015”, “Keeping Children Safe in Education” 2015 and to the standards required by Stoke Safeguarding Children Board.
 5.3    All staff will receive:-
a)            An induction which outlines the expectations of the school with regards to their safeguarding responsibilities and reporting concerns
 b)           Level 1 child protection training (which will be updated every 3 years to all members of staff irrespective of their position) delivered by the Safeguarding Children Board, to enable them to:-
  • identify the 4 categories of abuse
  • recognise signs of abuse and neglect,
  • understand current legislation with regards to safeguarding
  • know where to access Stoke and Staffordshire Safeguarding Childre Board Child protection Policies and procedures
  • understand their role and the role of others in relation to reporting concerns
  • know what to do if they are worried that a child is being abused
  • respond appropriately to a pupil who makes a disclosure
  • understand how and when to share information
5.4          Designated Child Protection Officers and any other person with responsibility for attending child protection conferences, core groups etc where they will be making decisions on behalf of the school, will attend Level 2 Working Together training.
The designated safeguarding lead should undergo updated child protection training every two years.
5.5          The school recognises the role of the Designated Child Protection Officer(s) and ensure that time is given to support them, and to enable them to attend necessary training and refresher courses. The designated safeguarding lead should liaise with the local authority and work with other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. There should always be cover for this role.
5.6          Level 3 specialist training can be accessed by any member of staff (providing that level 1 training has been completed in the last 3 years) according to need and as agreed by their line manager.
5.7          When undertaking interviews, there will be one person on the interview panel who has undertaken Safer Recruitment training. All Senior Management have attended training in safer recruitment as has the chairman of Governors. It is the aspiration of the school to ensure that all staff who are involved in interview processes will have been trained to this standard.
5.8          Governors should undertake Safeguarding Training for Governors, arranged through the Local Authorities Governor Support.
6.1          We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world as benevolent and meaningful. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of self blame.  
                Staff, parents and carers are to be vigilant of the signs of abuse and neglect. These are as follows:
Abuse: a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. They may be abused by an adult or adults or another child or children.
Physical abuse: a form of abuse which 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: the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child 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 a 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, although it may occur alone.
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 non-penetrative 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: 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 neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
Further specific safeguarding areas of concern are:
Further information on Child Sexual Exploitation and Female Genital Mutilation
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (for example food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, gifts, money or in some cases simply affection) as a result of engaging in sexual activities. Sexual exploitation can take many forms ranging from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for affection or gifts, to serious organised crime by gangs and groups. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power in the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim which increases as the exploitative relationship develops. Sexual exploitation involves varying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from peers to have sex, sexual bullying including cyberbullying and grooming. However, it also important to recognise that some young people who are being sexually exploited do not exhibit any external signs of this abuse.
What are the signs?
Children and young people that are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited. However, there are a number of tell-tale signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation. These include:
  • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • regularly missing school or not taking part in education
  • appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
  • associating with other young people involved in exploitation
  • having older boyfriends or girlfriends
  • suffering from sexually transmitted infections
  • mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): professionals in all agencies, and individuals and groups in relevant communities, need to be alert to the possibility of a girl being at risk of FGM, or already having suffered FGM.
What is FGM? FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
It has no health benefits and harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and hence interferes with the natural function of girls’ and women’s bodies. The practice causes severe pain and has several immediate and long-term health consequences, including difficulties in childbirth also causing dangers to the child.
 There is a range of potential indicators that a child or young person may be at risk of FGM, which individually may not indicate risk but if there are two or more indicators present this could signal a risk to the child or young person. Victims of FGM are likely to come from a community that is known to practise FGM.
Communities in the UK that are most at risk of FGM include Kenyans, Somalis, Sudanese, Sierra Leoneans, Egyptians, Nigerians and Eriteans. There are also girls and women from some non-African communities that are also at risk; they include Yemeni, Kurdish, Indonesian and Pakistani women.
Signs that may indicate a child has undergone FGM could include:
  • Prolonged absence from school
  • Behaviour change on return from a holiday abroad, such as being withdrawn or appearing subdued
  • Finding it difficult to sit still, and looking uncomfortable
  • Mentioning something somebody did to them that they are not allowed to talk about
  • Secretive behaviour, including isolating themselves from the group
  • Reluctance to take part in physical activity
    Professionals should note that girls at risk of FGM may not yet be aware of the practice or that it may be conducted on them, so sensitivity should always be shown when approaching the subject. Staff should activate local safeguarding procedures, using existing national and local protocols for multi-agency liaison with police and children’s social care.
Private Fostering:
A private fostering arrangement is one that is made privately (without the involvement of the local authority) for the care of a child under the age of 16 years (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative in their own home, with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more.
A close family relative is defined as ‘grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt’ and includes half-siblings and step-parents; it does not include great aunts or uncles, great grandparents or cousins.
Parents and private foster carers both have a legal duty to inform the relevant local authority at least six weeks before the arrangement is due to start; not to do so is a criminal offence.
Whilst most privately fostered children are appropriately supported and looked after, they are a potentially vulnerable group who should be monitored by the local authority, particularly when the child has come from another country. In some cases privately fostered children are affected by abuse and neglect, or be involved in trafficking, child sexual exploitation or modern-day slavery.
Schools have a mandatory duty to report to the local authority where they are aware or suspect that a child is subject to a private fostering arrangement.
School staff should notify the designated safeguarding lead when they become aware of private fostering arrangements.
Extremism and Radicalisation
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, places a duty upon schools and other agencies to have due regard to preventing people from being drawn into terrorism (“the Prevent Duty”.)
The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom may include the exploitation of vulnerable people, to involve them in terrorism or in activity in support of terrorism.  The normalisation of extreme views may also make children and young people vulnerable to future manipulation and exploitation.
We emphasise that there is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – students, staff or governors, or external sources - school community, external agencies or individuals. We are clear that this exploitation and will therefore view radicalisation as a safeguarding concern.
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
There are a number of behaviours which may indicate a child or young person is at risk of being radicalised or exposed to extreme views. These include:-
•             Spending increasing time in the company of other suspected extremists.
•             Changing their style of dress or personal appearance to accord with the group.
•             Day-to-day behaviour becoming increasingly centred on an extremist ideology, group or cause.
•             Loss of interest in other friends and activities not associated with the extremist ideology, group or cause.
•             Possession of materials or symbols associated with an extremist cause.
•             Attempts to recruit others to the group/cause.
•             Communications with others that suggests identification with a group, cause or ideology.
•             Using insulting to derogatory names for other groups.
In addition, there may be an increase in prejudice-related incidents committed by that person – these may include:-
•             Physical or verbal assault
•             Provocative behaviour
•             Damage to property
•             Derogatory name calling
•             Possession of prejudice-related materials
•             Prejudice related ridicule or name calling
•             Inappropriate forms of address
•             Refusal to co-operate
•             Attempts to recruit to prejudice-related organisations
•             Condoning or supporting violence towards others.
The role of the curriculum in preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
Our ECM provision actively promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils, in line with Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools DfE 2014
If staff become aware that a child is vulnerable to being radicalised or exposed to extreme views, (including peer pressure, influence from other people or the internet, bullying, crime and anti-social behaviour, family tensions, race/hate crime, lack of self-esteem or identity, prejudicial behaviour and personal or political grievances;) this will be reported directly to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The DSL will liaise with other appropriate agencies, and make referrals directly to the police if deemed necessary, at
6.2          This school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. Nevertheless, when at school their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn.
6.3          The school will endeavour to support the pupil through:
                a)            The content of the curriculum to encourage self esteem and self motivation (see section 2)
                b)            The school ethos which (i) promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment (ii) gives pupils a sense of being valued (see section 2)
                c)            The school's behaviour policy is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the school. All staff will agree on a consistent approach which focuses on the behaviour of the offence committed by the child but does not damage the pupil's sense of self worth.  The school will endeavour to ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but s/he is valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
                d)            Liaison with other agencies who support the student such as Children’s Specialist Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, the Educational Psychology Service, Behaviour Support Services and the Education Welfare Service.
                e)            The school recognises that some pupils are more vulnerable than others; race, disability etc.
                f)             Keeping records and notifying the Local Authorities Advice and Referral Team as soon as there is a recurrence of a concern.
CHILDREN IN CARE (see Child in Care policy)
A designated teacher (safeguarding leads) are appointed to promote the educational achievement of children who are looked after and ensures that this person has appropriate training.
The most common reason for children becoming looked after is as a result of abuse and/or neglect. We ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keeping looked after children safe. In particular, they should ensure that appropriate staff have the information they need in relation to a child’s looked after legal status (whether they are looked after under voluntary arrangements with consent of parents or on an interim or full care order) and contact arrangements with birth parents or those with parental responsibility. They should also have information about the child’s care arrangements and the levels of authority delegated to the carer by the authority looking after him/her. The designated teacher for looked after children, should have details of the child’s social worker and the name of the virtual school head in the authority – Tony Clifford that looks after the child.
Missing children
If child going missing from the academy is a potential indicator of abuse and neglect. The school will put in place appropriate safeguarding responses to children who go missing from education settings, particularly on repeat occasions, to help identify any risk of abuse and neglect including sexual abuse or exploitation and to help prevent the risks of their going missing in future.
6.4          When a pupil leaves the school, we will transfer information to the new school immediately.
6.5          A pupil’s child protection file will be forwarded to the Head Teacher of the new school, separately from the child’s education records, and the Designated Child Protection Officer/Head teacher will contact the new Head teacher to discuss.
6.6          A copy of a child’s records will be kept until the child reaches the age of 25, at which point they will be shredded.
6.7    Bullying
6.8          The school will not tolerate bullying of any kind. Our policy on bullying is set out in our anti bullying policy which is written by the students and is reviewed annually.
Our school policy on anti-bullying is set out in a separate document and acknowledges that to allow or condone bullying may lead to consideration under child protection procedures. This includes all forms .g. cyber, racist, homophobic and gender related bullying. We keep a record of known bullying incidents. All staff are aware that children with SEND and / or differences/perceived differences are more susceptible to being bullied / victims of child abuse.
6.9    E-Safety – please see E-Safety policy
6.10   Physical Intervention
6.11        The school recognises that on occasions, and as a last resort, staff may be required to physically intervene in a situation, when a child is endangering him/herself or others. At all times it must be the minimal force necessary to prevent injury to another person. Great care should be taken in such situations and staff will act in accordance with our Physical Contact Policy which is reviewed annually by the governing body. (Physical Intervention Policy).
6.12   Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs
6.13        We recognise that statistically children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. School staff who deal with children with profound and multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy, sensory impairment and or emotional and behaviour problems will be particularly sensitive to signs of abuse. (See SEND policy)
6.14 Racist Incidents
6.15        Our policy on racist incidents is set out separately, and acknowledges that repeated racist incidents or a single serious incident may lead to consideration under child protection procedures. We keep a record of racist incidents.
We recognise that staff working in the school who have become involved with a child who has suffered harm, or appears to be likely to suffer harm may find the situation stressful and upsetting.       
We will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with the DCPOs and to seek further support as appropriate.
We recognise that all matters relating to child protection are confidential.
The Headteacher or DCPOs will disclose any information about a child to other members of staff on a need to know basis only.
All staff must be aware that they have a professional responsibility to share information with other agencies in order to safeguard children.
All staff must be aware that they cannot promise a child to keep secrets which might compromise the child’s safety or wellbeing.
We will always undertake to share our intention to refer a child to Social Care with their parents /carers unless to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation. If in doubt, we will consult with Social Care on this point.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures will be monitored and evaluated by:
  • DCPO's
  • Governing Body visits to the school
  • Senior Management Team (SMT) ‘drop ins’ and discussions with children and staff
  • Pupil surveys and questionnaires
  • Scrutiny of Attendance data
  • Scrutiny of range of risk assessments
  • Scrutiny of Governing Bodies (GB) minutes
  • Logs of bullying/racist/behaviour incidents for SMT and GB to monitor
  • Review of parental concerns and parent questionnaires
  • Review ofthe use of lunchtime clubs and other areas of pastoral support



Dealing with your concerns about a child / young person
This checklist should be used alongside the Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual - Section C on the website
The need to ensure the safety and welfare of the child or young person is paramount.
If the child needs emergency medical attention, this must be sought immediately and directly from the emergency services in the usual way.
You must share your concerns, with the person who is responsible for your work and / or the Designated Child Protection Person / Lead for your agency.
The Designated Child Protection Person(s) / Lead(s) in this agency is / are: - MRS PRITCHARD, MRS HOLDCROFT and MR BRENNAN.
All consultation/concerns must be recorded, stating the time and date and nature of concern and must be stored in a confidential manner. The purpose of consultation is to discuss your concerns and to decide what action needs to be taken. If your Designated Child Protection Person / Lead are available, do not delay in seeking advice from another appropriate professional.
You can seek further advice if necessary by contacting the Locality Social Workers for the area in which the child’s home address is:
North Locality: Sara Belford/Jenna Timmis on 01782 237677
Central Locality: Tina Forkin on 01782 237987
South Locality: Laura Shaw on 01782 237520
Advice & Referral Team:
Vulnerable Children and Corporate Parenting Division: Swann House, Stoke 01782 235100.
If you know, or suspect, that a child or young person is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm then you have a duty to refer your concerns immediately to the Advice & Referral Team: Vulnerable Children and Corporate Parenting Division: Swann House, Stoke on Trent.
Referring your concerns to Children’s Services: Vulnerable Children and Corporate Parenting Division
Once you have decided to refer your concern about a child, proceed as follows: Contact the Advice & Referral Team by telephone in the first instance at Swann House, Stoke, on 01782 235100.
If it is outside normal office hours then contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01782 234234.
Information to provide in your referral      Please note that decisions made by the Advice & Referral Team will be based on the quality of the information you are able to give at the point of referral.  Therefore:-
1. Please evidence, in detail, what your concerns are and why.
2.  Use the guide to Levels of Need to inform your referral where possible.    
3. Provide as much of the following information as possible:-
  • What is causing concern and any evidence you have that supports your concerns (Bearing in mind that the quality of the evidence that you provide will inform the assessment of need and whether or not any subsequent intervention is required at levels 4a, 4b or 4c.)
  • Child’s name, date of birth, address and telephone number, ethnic origin, details of any other siblings;
  • Where the child currently is? – if known
  • Family details – who lives in the home? – and any other significant adults;
  • Any special needs the child or the family may have e.g. language, significant disability, communication;
  • Your name, workplace and contact telephone number.
  • Has Early Help/CAF been completed or refused? (attach the Early Help/CAF paperwork to the referral where possible).
  • Any other details regarding the household such as: knowledge of violent or aggressive household members; any other potential risks (such drug use, weapons, or even dangerous dogs at the home.)
  • Clarification of any discussions with family members – Do the parents/carers know about the referral? If you have not informed them – why not?
Remember - Consent is needed for a Child in Need Referral.
Consent is not needed for a Child Protection Referral – However, parents should be informed about the referral unless to do so would:-
 -Place a person (the individual, family member, yourself or a third party) at increased risk of significant harm if a  child or serious harm if an adult; or
 -Prejudice the prevention or detection of a serious crime; or  
 -Lead to an unjustified delay in making enquiries about allegations of significant harm to a child or serious harm to an adult
You must confirm your referral, including all relevant detail, in writing using the Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) within 24hrs of making a telephone referral.
You can access the MARF on the Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board website click on professionals/procedure manuals
Telephone numbers for consultation and referral
Children and Young Peoples Services: Vulnerable Children and Corporate Parenting:-
Advice & Referral Team (Swann House, Stoke)
Monday – Thursday                                                        08.30 – 17.00              01782-235100
Friday                                                                              08.30 – 16.30
LADO (Allegations re person in position of trust)     01782 235885
All areas out of office hours
Emergency Duty Team                                                 17.00 – 08.30             01782-234234
Police Central Referrals Unit                                       101