Child Protection Policy
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are the paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
Severn View Primary Academy fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.
Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. There are five main elements to our policy:
· Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
· Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
· Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
· Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
· Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:
· Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
· Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
· Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education and Skills to:
· Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
· Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.
· Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) and governing body knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
· Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
· Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the school prospectus.
· Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil who is on the child protection register.
· Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
· Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
· Ensure all records are kept securely, separate from the main pupil files, and in locked locations.
· Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
· Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed.
We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at school their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. The school will endeavour to support the pupil through:
· The content of the curriculum.
· The school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued.
· The school behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the school. The school will ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
· Liaison with other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adult Mental Health Service, education welfare service and educational psychology service.
· Ensuring that, where a pupil on the child protection register leaves, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child's social worker is informed.
The named person in our school who is the Child Protection Co-ordinator is the Headteacher Mrs Claire Wirth or in her absence Mrs Marie Harris.
The policy shall be reviewed annually by the full Governing Body
Useful contact numbers
Log a concern for abuse, neglect or for a family that need help and support - 01452 426565
Child exposed to domestic violence or abuse - 01452 42 6565
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