It is our collective responsibility to protect all children from physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect.
At Springfield there is a whole staff commitment to safeguard children.We will promote the welfare and safety of all our children. We take any suspicions, allegations or concerns about children seriously. We will follow the Sheffield Child Protection Policy; this may require us to record relevant information and liaise with appropriate agencies.The three main elements of Safeguarding and child protection:
Our school will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure that children know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty.
- Include in the curriculum, activities and opportunities for PHSE, which help equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse.
- Include in the curriculum, material, which will help children develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life, particularly with regard to childcare and parenting skills.
- Ensure that wherever possible every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
In addition to Local Authority (LA) Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) guidance. Springfield school will follow appropriate procedures and policies that are school specific. The Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) or Child Protection Lead Officer (CPLO) and deputy officers will monitor that procedures are followed in line with LA and school policies.
Roles and Responsibilities
The names of those carrying these responsibilities for the current year are:
DSO/CPLO: Headteacher Linda Joseph
Deputy DSO/CPLO: Learning Mentor Hannah Smith, SENCo Sally Holder.
Nominated governor for Safeguarding and child protection Mike Patterson.
Their responsibilities include:
- Attending Child Protection conference
- Dealing with referrals
- Liaising with other agencies
- Giving advice to colleagues
- Organising/conducting training/ ensure all staff are appropriately trained in line withLA requirements.
- Ensuring that procedures and policies are adhered to.
- Checking that central records are up to date with appropriate checks for all adults working with children
Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Board can be contacted for any help, support and further advice you may need.
- We will follow the procedure set out in the procedure manual produced by Sheffield Area Child Protection Committee.
- All permanent school staff will receive full training within the requirements of every 3 years,
- At least one staff meeting every year will be dedicated to Child Protection and the appropriate procedures to follow.
- The school’s prospectus will inform parent/carers of school’s duties and responsibilities in this area.
- Governors will be kept informed by an anonymous report annually.
How to Report a Child Protection Concern
- Contact the DSO or deputy as soon as possible. A delay can significantly hinder the response of other agencies.
- Do not interrogate or ask the child leading questions but do make simple inquiries and record in detail. Include the circumstances, date and time when the information was received.
- Do not contact the parent/carers.
- Report all allegations no matter how insignificant they may appear. The DSO will add the documented information to any previous records.
- If a pupil demonstrates that they will only confide in their class teacher then immediate help should be sought in order to supervise their class.
- If an allegation is made about the Headteacher, the matter should be reported to the Deputy CPLO who will inform the Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor who will then follow LA procedures.
Training and Support
Our school will ensure that the DSO, Deputy DSO and the nominated governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding receive the advanced training relevant to their role. Staff will be trained in staff meetings and any issues, which arise, will be prioritised.
Confidentiality is an issue, which needs to be discussed and fully understood by all those working with children, particularly in the context of child protection. The only purpose of confidentiality in this respect is to benefit the child.
Staff will be aware that they can never guarantee confidentiality to a child and that the member of staff must convey to the child that they have to inform the Child Protection Teacher who may then need to contact other people about the issue.
The class teacher will be informed that there are concerns about a child in their class but confidentiality will be maintained.
Records and Monitoring
- Well-kept records are essential to good child protection practice. Our school is clear about the need to record any concerns held about a child or children within our school, the status of such records and when these records should be passed over to other agencies.
- Factual observations only will be recorded without embellishment.
- When an issue is raised, the Child Protection Officer records the information and files it in the locked cabinet in the Headteacher’s office.
- Children, who have been identified as ‘At Risk’, will be monitored in terms of their progress and clear records will be maintained.
- These records will be passed to the LEA child protection co-ordinator if requestedor Social Services if a referral is made.
Attendance at Child Protection Conferences
Where necessary, the DSO/CPLO or Deputy will attend Child Protection Conferences. They will also receive advice on how to produce relevant, concise and professional reports. If school has made a referral, the DSO/CPLO will support staff to maintain a working relationship with parent/carers throughout the process.
Supporting Vulnerable Pupils
This requires a professional, sensitive approach in order that the child can receive appropriate help and support. This school will endeavour to support pupils through:
- The curriculum to encourages elf-esteem and self-motivation.
- The school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and which gives all pupils and adults a sense of being respected and valued.
- The implementation of our school behaviour policy..
- Regular liaison with other professionals and agencies that support the pupilsand their families.
- A commitment to develop productive, supportive relationships with parents,whenever it is in the child’s interests to do so.
- The development and support of a responsive and knowledgeable staff group,trained to respond appropriately in child protection situations.
- We recognise that, statistically, children with behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. School staff who work, in any capacity, with children with profound and multiple disabilities, sensory impairment and/or emotional and behaviour problems will need to be particularly sensitive to signs of abuse.It must also be stressed that in a home environment where there is domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, children may also be vulnerable and in need of support or protection.
Safe School Safe Staff
- Members of staff are advised to never put themselves in a vulnerable position where an allegation can be made against them. If necessary, the DSO/CPLO will accompany the member of staff when talking to a child.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks) are now standard practice to ensure that ‘safe’ staff are recruited into school.This policy was reviewed Sept 2014 and will be reviewed annually at minimum.
School Specific Safeguarding
- Central Records in main office
- All staff, volunteers and third parties DBS (previously CRB checks) checked
- All staff trained up to date.( June 2011)
- Refresher training at start of year and regular updates at PDM’s
Children must not be left in classrooms unsupervised
Registers – The adult in charge of the class is responsible for making sure that registers are accurate (See written procedure)
Absences – If we are not notified of a Childs absence school will make a phone call home after morning registers close to investigate.
Children should NEVER be left alone with students (Except teaching students), volunteers or non school staff. Senior leadership will authorise any outside agencies and other adults that come to work in school such artists, Shakespeare company etc This is to ensure that all relevant security checks have been done.
Trips and Visits
Children can only go if a SIGNED permission form is complete. Verbal permission can only be given when authorised by Head or Deputy for vulnerable children in exceptional cases.
All letters for activities where children need to be collected, will have there NAMED adults who can collect the children.
If named adults are not on the list then they cannot take the child until permission is given from a parent.
Use of Cars
Under no circumstance can any child travel in a car with any adults unless it is their parent. This is not negotiable. In an emergency, a taxi may be used with 2 adults accompanying. This is to protect adults and children.
Entrances and Exits
ALL visitors must report to the Office.
All entrances to school are coded or on a buzzer. The Foundation Stage entrance is manned at specific times and must not be used as an exit during the day unless it is manned. The main entrance door is on a buzzer with a security camera. This door can only be opened by the buzzer in the office following visual identification over the monitor or after speaking to the visitor. The lock/handle on main entrance has been moved higher so that children are not able to open the door.NO ONE IN SCHOOL WILL OPEN THE DOOR to children, parents, visitors or other staff from 8.30-3.30pm for security and safeguarding.
For personal security and safeguarding Mobile phones must be in lockers during teaching time. If there is a personal reason for needing the phone at hand, please check with the Head or Deputy beforehand. Under no circumstances must you have photos of children from Springfield on your phone.