Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures
For East Wichel Community Primary School & Nursery
Policy approved by the Governing Body: 26th November 2019
About the policy and procedures
Worried About A Child
Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputy DSL
Indicators Of Neglect
Peer On Peer Abuse, including advice on responding to sexting
Female Genital Mutilation
Responding To Concerns About A Child Who May Be At Risk Of being Radicalised
Concerns About The Actions Of An Adult Working In Our School
Managing Allegations Against Adults Who Work With Children
Parents and Carers
Additional Support For Pupils
Training For Adults Working In Our School
Safer Recruitment Procedures
Part 1 – About the policy and procedures
This document was last reviewed and updated on September 2019
The next scheduled review of this document is September 202
This school takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care. “The welfare of the child is paramount.” (Children Act 1989.)
Our staff and Governors are committed to safeguarding the pupils at this school.
This policy and set of procedures works in line with the following statutory guidance and legislation which should be read in conjunction with the policy:-
- Keeping Children Safe In Education (DfE Sept 2019) - (statutory guidance)
- Working Together To Safeguard Children (DfE July 2018) - (statutory guidance)
- Multi-agency statutory guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (November 2016)
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (DfE March 2015) - (non-statutory guidance)
- The Prevent Duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (DfE June 15)
- Information-sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (DfE July 2018)
- The South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
- Section 175 Children Act 2002 (Maintained schools and FE colleges including sixth forms.
In addition, the school takes into account the procedures and practice of the local authority as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board.
How we disseminate the information within this policy
The policy and procedures are disseminated to all staff at the start of a new academic year. Designated staff meeting time is allocated to allow for discussions on child protection and safeguarding issues during the year. The induction process enables new staff to become familiar with the policy and the school's procedures. All staff are asked to read the policy and procedures and sign to confirm they understand them and will follow them.
A record is kept centrally to document that staff are committed to working in line with these procedures.
Visitors, volunteers and external staff who visit our school are asked to read a shortened version of the policy and procedures.
The definitions of the four categories of abuse can be found in Annex 1. Additional documents which provide greater detail about specific areas are highlighted in green throughout this policy and procedures
Roles and responsibilities
The Governing Body is responsible in ensuring an appropriate senior member of staff, from the school leadership team, is appointed to the role of designated safeguarding lead. The designated safeguarding lead will take lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection (including online safety). The Governing Body will ensure that the role of the DSL is explicit in the role holder’s job description and that the DSL has the appropriate status and authority within the school to carry out the duties of the post. It is the role of the Governing Body to ensure that all statutory duties with regard to safeguarding and child protection are fulfilled, as detailed in 'Keeping Children Safe In Education' (Sept 2018).
The school’s safeguarding team completes an annual safeguarding audit with the link safeguarding governor. The self-evaluation is quality assured by the local authority. Where weaknesses or areas for development are identified, the Governing Body monitors the implementation and impact of identified actions to address these issues. The Governing Body have a responsibility to ensure this policy and set of procedures are fit for purpose and are known to all staff and regular volunteers.
Where external organisations use the school premises, both within the school day and outside of school hours, the Governing Body has a responsibility to:-
* seek assurance that the body concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to safeguarding children
* ensure that the appropriate level of safer recruitment checks have been completed on staff working for the organisation
Part 2 - Worried About A Child
- 'What To Do If Worried About A Child' - DfE March 2015"
- See also para.21-27 KCSIE September 2018
All adults working in our school maintain an attitude of ' it could happen here'. We recognise that staff, because of their contact with and knowledge of children in their care, are well placed to identify abuse or neglect and offer support to children in need. (see Appendix 1 – definitions of abuse) "
- Report your concerns directly to the DSL as soon as you are able. In the first instance the DSL Paula Phillips Headteacher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the deputy DSL Clare Hodges Deputy Head (email@example.com).
- Other members of the safeguarding team: Rhi Biddiscombe (EYs Leader), Kelly Riddell, Maggie Hartridge (Family Support Worker) or Jude Ball (Breakfast and Afterschool Club Manager).
- Record your concerns using the school's 'Concern/Disclosure' form, as soon as possible.
- Remember to record the full date and time, location, your name and role and keep your record as factual as possible. Use the child's own words where applicable and enclose any direct quotes in quotation marks.
- If marks or injuries have been observed on a child, record these on a body map. (Do not take photographs)
- If a concern/ disclosure form is unavailable, handwritten notes can be made on a piece of paper. The notes must be attached to the completed form by the person recording the information and will be filed in the individual folder for the pupil which will be retained in the DSL’s locked drawer in the Headteacher’s office.
- Record what action you are taking, for example record the name of the member of the safeguarding team you have reported the concern to.
- The original concern form should be passed to the DSL/Deputy DSL. Copies should not be retained by you.
- All written records of concerns/disclosures are stored securely by the safeguarding team. Parents /carers are informed of this once contacted to discuss the concerns. See section Parents and carers also.
- You should receive feedback about what action, if any is being taken in response to your concern. If you do not receive feedback or you feel that the situation is not improving for the child you have a duty to challenge the DSL / deputy DSL. See section on Whistle-blowing also.
Dealing with a disclosure from a child
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused in some way, the member of staff / volunteer should:
- Listen to what the child is saying, without displaying any signs of shock or disbelief
- Allow the child to talk freely without interrupting
- Reassure the child but do not make promises about keeping the information a secret
- Reassure the child that this is not their fault
- Only ask questions if you need to clarify, take care not to put words in the child's mouth by asking leading questions
- Stress to the child that they have done the right thing by telling you and explain what you will do next
Additional consideration needs to be given to children with communication difficulties, special educational needs and for those whose preferred language is not English. It is important to communicate with them in a way that is appropriate to their age, understanding and preference. Adults should recognise that these difficulties could cause a barrier to reporting and understanding.
Action to take following the disclosure
- Re-visit 'Worried About A Child' above and follow the steps outlined there.
- If the disclosure includes information of concern about the actions of an adult working in our school, refer to 'Worried About An Adult' and follow the steps outlined there.
Support For The Child
The school's Family Support Worker provides day to day support for the child in school. The school works closely with the school nurse and Family Contact Point. Social workers provide additional support for the child.
Part 3 - The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputy DSL/s in our school
- Annex B of KCSIE Sept 19
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is PAULA PHILLIPS, who works in line with the requirements of the role as set out in Annex B of Keeping Children Safe In Education Sept 2018.
Our deputy DSL is CLARE HODGES and is available in the absence of the DSL.
Where possible, concerns about the safety and well-being of a pupil will be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or deputy DSL in a timely manner.
If the concern suggests that a pupil is at risk of significant harm or in immediate danger this will be reported to the DSL as a matter of urgency.
See 'Worried About A Child'.
If a member of the safeguarding team is unavailable, the adult who has the concern will contact social care / the police on the contact number listed below (Step 1)
What happens once a concern/disclosure has been reported to a member of the safeguarding team?
The DSL or deputy DSL will follow the steps below to respond appropriately to the concern and safeguard the child:-
- Consider the nature of the concern. Refer to the local authority threshold guidance.
- If this suggests that the child is in immediate danger contact Swindon's Multi- Agency Safeguarding Hub team on 01793 466903. (Emergency duty service is 01793 436699). You may also consider contacting the police on 999. Go to step 5 – making a referral.
- If the concern does not require immediate contact with the above, consider the latest concern within the context of any wider concerns / disclosures. This may mean referring back to safeguarding or child protection records if they exist.
- Consider making contact with the parent/s or carer/s of the child concerned. You may wish to take advice from Children's Social Care before contacting the parent/carer. If, having sought advice, you believe that sharing this information may increase the risk of harm to the child do not share with parents at this stage. In the majority of cases informing the parents/carers of the concern / disclosure which has been reported will not increase risk. Ask for any additional information from the parent/carer if applicable.
- Ensure that the parent/carer understands that a record will be kept by the school.
Decide what action to take next:-
Step 4 – Starting an Early Help Record and Plan
- Consider whether the concerns could be addressed by offering Early Help. See 'Early Help'. Ensure that the early help process is explained to parent/carer.
Step 5 - Making A Referral To Children's Social Care
Early Help may already have been started but with little impact or the concern is more complex than can be addressed with Early Help. At this stage consideration should be given to make a referral to Children's Social Care.
- In the first instance this should be made by telephone on 01793 466903. (Emergency duty service 01793 436699) It is useful to have any safeguarding / child protection records to hand.
- Following a telephone referral you will be required to submit a written referral (RF1) within 24 hours.
- If a referral to Children's Social Care is going to be made by the school, invite the parent/s/carer into school to read the referral form through.
What action is taken if the school feel that a decision is not safe or inappropriate?
- Whistle-blowing section
- SBC escalation policy
- If a member of staff feels that a decision is not a safe decision or is inappropriate they must raise this with a member of the safeguarding team.
- If a member of the safeguarding team feels a decision made by another professional in another agency is unsafe they must discuss this further. In the first instance, this takes place directly with the professional involved to allow opportunity for decision-making to be discussed and clarified. (Pre-escalation)
- If pre-escalation fails to resolve the issues identified, the member of the safeguarding team should escalate within their own organisation (to the Head teacher if they are not in this role). The issue is then escalated to the professional's line-manager. (Escalation)
- At all stages records should be kept."
What support is available for the members of the safeguarding team?
All staff working in this school have a responsibility to safeguard the children in their care. Staff can only achieve this effectively if they:-
• are clear about what is expected of them
• have the skills, knowledge, behaviours, values and attitudes to carry out their role
• are fully supported in their role and managed effectively
Safeguarding supervision is available for any member of staff as required. Members of the safeguarding team receive planned safeguarding supervision 3 x a year.
The members of our safeguarding team work in partnership with a range of other agencies, sharing information, attending meetings including child protection conferences and core groups and writing reports.
Part 4 - Early Help
What do we mean by Early Help?
Working Together To Safeguard Children (September 2018) explains that:-
'Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child's life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years. Early help can also prevent further problems arising, for example, if it is provided as part of a support plan where a child has returned home to their family from care.'"
Effective early help relies upon local agencies, including education working together to:
- identify children and families who would benefit from early help;
- undertake an assessment of the need for early help; and
- provide targeted early help services to address the assessed needs of a child and their family which focuses on activity to significantly improve the outcomes for the child.
How are children and families identified for Early Help?
In our school staff are alert to the fact that early signs of abuse and/or neglect can be indicators that support is needed. In addition the following children are more likely to require some form of early help:
- disabled children
- children with special educational needs
- young carers
- children displaying signs of anti-social or criminal behaviour
- in family circumstances presenting challenges, including family breakdown
- children who have returned home from care
What support is provided as part of the school's Early help offer?
This includes allocated time with the school's Family Support Worker, the offer to attend the breakfast club and after school club. Nurture groups, support from TAMHs and designated TA support is provided based on individual need.
How does the Early Help process work?
Taken from Early Help tab (Swindon Schools Online) July 17
Part 5 – Possible Outcomes
Flowchart taken from ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education’ Sept 19
Part 6 – Indicators of Neglect
What do we mean by neglect?
Working Together defines neglect as:-
'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.’
What are the indicators of neglect?
The following is a summary of some of the indicators that may suggest a child is being abused or is at risk of harm. It is important to recognise that indicators alone cannot confirm whether a child is being abused.
Each child should be seen in the context of their family and wider community and a proper assessment carried out by appropriate persons. However if you have concerns, refer to 'Worried About A Child'.
Physical indicators of neglect
Constant hunger and stealing food
Poor personal hygiene - unkempt, dirty or smelly
Dress unsuitable for weather
Poor state of clothing
Illness or injury untreated
Behavioural indicators of neglect
Frequent absence from school or lateness
Missing medical appointments
Isolated among peers
Stealing or scavenging, especially food
See also Swindon’s Neglect Framework.
What action is taken in response to concerns that a child might be neglected?
Our normal safeguarding procedures will be followed and a referral made to social care as appropriate.
Part 7 – Peer On Peer Abuse
We recognise that children are capable of abusing their peers. We understand that the child who is perpetrating the abuse may also be at risk of harm. We will make every effort to ensure that the perpetrator is also treated as a victim and supported appropriately.
What is peer on peer abuse?
Peer on peer abuse can take the form of:-
Bullying (including Cyberbullying)
- ‘Cyberbullying’: involves sending inappropriate or hurtful text messages, emails or instant messages, posting malicious material online (e.g. on social networking websites) or sending or posting offensive or degrading images and videos
- Racist and Religious Bullying: A range of hurtful behaviour, both physical and psychological, that makes a person feel unwelcome, marginalised, excluded, powerless or worthless because of their colour, ethnicity, culture, faith community, national origin or national status;
- Sexual, Sexist and Transphobic Bullying: includes any behaviour, whether physical or non- physical, where sexuality is used as a weapon by boys or girls;
- Homophobic Bullying: targets someone because of their sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation);
- Disablist Bullying: targets a young person solely based on their disability, this can include manipulative bullying where a perpetrator forces the victim to act in a certain way, or exploiting a certain aspect of the victims disability.
What action is taken in response to concerns about bullying?
The school acts to minimise bullying. Pupils who attend our school have the right to learn in safety. We do not tolerate bullying of any kind and will challenge derogatory language and behaviour towards others.
The children learn about relationships through the PSHE curriculum (JIGSAW). Anti-bullying messages are featured in class topic discussions and assemblies.
School Council have produced an anti-bullying leaflet for pupils.
Parents are involved as appropriate, in meetings to support their child if bullying is reported.
Bullying records are retained by the Headteacher.
The school's Anti- bullying Policy and Behaviour Policy are followed by staff.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Many children are not aware of the exploitation as they have a genuine belief that they are loved by their boyfriend / girlfriend or are acting in accordance with their peers. They are often recruited into exploitation by those who they trust, those of a similar age and with similar hobbies. Often the nature of peer on peer exploitation encompasses a sense of peer pressure and wanting to fit in.
What action is taken in response to concerns that a child might be being sexually exploited by a peer?
Our normal safeguarding procedures will be followed here and a referral made to social care as appropriate (including support for the child who is deemed to be 'perpetrating' the abuse.)
Harmful Sexual Behaviour Including Sexting
Sexually harmful behaviour from children does not always occur with the intent to harm others. There may be many reasons why a child engages in sexually harmful behaviour and it may be just as distressing to the child who instigates it as well as the child it is intended towards. For this reason consideration will always be given to how the child displaying the behaviour is supported, in addition to the 'victim' of the behaviour. This may include a referral to social care. Sexually harmful behaviour may range from inappropriate sexual language, inappropriate role play, to sexually touching another or sexual assault / abuse. This also includes sexting when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video. This includes sending ‘nude pics’, ‘rude pics’ or ‘nude selfies’. Pressuring someone into sending a nude picture may occur in any relationship and to anyone, whatever their age, gender or sexual preference. However, once the image is taken and sent, the sender has lost control of the image and these images could end up anywhere. By having in their possession, or distributing, indecent images of a person under 18 on to someone else, children are not even aware that they could be committing a criminal offence.
Taken from Tri.X 'Peer on Peer Abuse' Briefing 198 (Feb 2017)
What action is taken in response to concerns that a child might be being sexually exploited by a peer?
- Our normal safeguarding procedures will be followed here and a referral made to social care as appropriate (including support for the child who is deemed to be 'perpetrating' the abuse.)
Responding To A Sexting Incident (also known as youth produced sexual imagery)
Step 1 - If a device is involved, staff will endeavour to secure the device and switch it off. They will then report immediately to the DSL or deputy DSL.
Step 2 - The DSL / deputy will consider the following:
- Significant age difference between the sender/receiver involved
- If staff recognise the child as more vulnerable than is usual (ie at risk)
- If the image is of a severe or extreme nature
- If the situation is not isolated and the image has been more widely distributed
- If this is not the first time children have been involved in a sexting act
- If other knowledge of either the sender/recipient may add cause for concern (ie difficult home circumstances)
Step 3 - If these characteristics present cause for concern, then the DSL or deputy will escalate and make a referral to children’s social care. The police may also be contacted at this point.
Step 4 - A record of the incident will be made, including actions taken / not taken and the justification for these decisions (linked to the points above).
How does the school minimise the risk of peer on peer abuse?
Teaching and learning
This school provides a PSHE curriculum which develops pupils' understanding of acceptable behaviour and keeping themselves safe. This curriculum is broad, balanced and covers a range of safeguarding themes. It is progressive across the year groups. The school uses the JIGSAW scheme of work to support teaching and learning.
The school's ethos encourages pupils to raise concerns with staff, knowing that they will be listened to, believed and valued. (Make reference here to any 'sign-posts' you may have which remind pupils how to respond if they are worried about peer on peer abuse)"
Expectations of behaviour
The school has a behaviour policy in place which is regularly reviewed and sets out the expectations about appropriate behaviour.
Risk assessments may be written for pupils, who have been identified as being at increased risk of peer on peer abuse (considered for both the child perpetrating the abuse and the child who is the victim.)
These will be shared with the parent/carer and the pupils concerned.
Part 8 – Exploitation
his school recognises that children can be exploited sexually or criminally.
What is Criminal Exploitation?
There is currently no legal definition of child criminal exploitation (CCE) through organised crime groups in England and Wales. The criminal exploitation of children includes a combination of:
Pull factors: children performing tasks for others resulting in them gaining accommodation, food, gifts, status or a sense of safety, money or drugs;
Push factors: children escaping from situations where their needs are neglected and there is exposure to unsafe individuals, where there is high family conflict or the absence of a primary attachment figure
Control: Brain washing, violence and threats of violence by those exploiting the child particularly when the child or young person is identified by the police, they are expected to take full responsibility for the offences for which they are charged – i.e. possession and supply of illegal substances.
The majority of children or young people who enter into exploitation do so willingly however, their involvement is indicative of coercion or desperation rather than choice. Many young people do not recognise that they are being exploited or that they are at risk.
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
The definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) from the Department of Education (DfE, 2017) states that:-
“Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs when an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.”
This school recognises both forms of abuse can be perpetrated by peers. See also 'Peer on Peer' Abuse’.
What action is taken in response to concerns that a child might be being exploited?
Our normal safeguarding procedures will be followed here and a referral made to social care as appropriate (including support, if applicable, for the child who is deemed to be 'perpetrating' the abuse.)
Part 9 – Female Genital Mutilation
What is Female Genital Mutilation?
FGM is a procedure where the female genital organs are injured or changed and there is no medical reason for this.
It is frequently a very traumatic and violent act for the victim and can cause harm in many ways.
The practice can cause severe pain and there may be immediate and/or long-term health consequences, including mental health problems, difficulties in childbirth, causing danger to the child and mother; and/or death.
- FGM is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a British National or permanent resident abroad to undergo FGM or help someone who is trying to arrange to have FGM performed.
- FGM is an unacceptable practice for which there is no justification. It is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls.
- FGM is prevalent in 30 countries. These are concentrated in countries around the Atlantic coast to the Horn of Africa, in areas of the Middle East, and in some countries in Asia.
- FGM is a deeply embedded social norm, practised by families for a variety of complex reasons. It is often thought to be essential for a girl to become a proper woman, and to be marriageable. This practice is not required by any religion. "
The most significant factor to consider when deciding whether a girl or woman may be at risk of FGM is whether her family has a history of practising FGM.
In addition, it is important to consider whether FGM is known to be practised in her community or country of origin. It is important not to make assumptions that all girls from these communities are at risk.
A parent may request permission for their child to travel overseas for an extended period. This is sometimes requested leading into or out of a school holiday (often the summer break).
What action is taken in response to concerns about Female Genital Mutilation?
If a girl has disclosed to you that she has been subjected to FGM or you have visual evidence of this you must report it to the police.
(Teachers are required to report known cases of FGM in girls under 18 to the police under the mandatory reporting duty October 2015)
If a direct disclosure has not been made and there is no visual evidence but you have concerns that child may have been subject to or at risk of FGM the school's normal safeguarding procedures will be followed here.
This includes reporting your concerns to a member of the safeguarding team and putting your concerns in writing.
What happens once a concern /disclosure has been reported to a member of the safeguarding team?
The DSL or deputy DSL will follow the steps below to respond appropriately to the concern and safeguard the child:-
- Consider the information of concern. This may mean referring back to check whether there is any previous information of concern for the child.
- Check whether there are any risk factors present for the child / family
- Where it is deemed appropriate to do so, speak to the parent or carer about FGM. Be aware of language barriers.
- At this stage consideration should be given to make a referral to Children's Social Care. In the first instance this should be made by telephone 01793 466903. It is useful to have any safeguarding / child protection records to hand. Following a telephone referral, you will be required to submit a written referral (RF1) within 24 hours.
FGM Helpline: 08000283550
Home Office Resource Pack - http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/female-genital-mutilation-resource-pack
Part 10 - Domestic abuse
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
• financial; and
Exposure to domestic abuse and/or violence can have a serious, long lasting emotional and psychological impact on children. In some cases, a child may blame themselves for the abuse or may have had to leave the family home as a result. Domestic abuse affecting young people can also occur within their personal relationships, as well as in the context of their home life.
Advice on identifying children who are affected by domestic abuse and how they can be helped is available at:
NSPCC- UK domestic-abuse signs symptoms effects
Refuge what is domestic violence/effects of domestic violence on children
Safe young lives: young people and domestic abuse
Part 11 - Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
Sexual violence and sexual harassment can occur between two children of any age and sex. It can also occur through a group of children sexually assaulting or sexually harassing a single child or group of children.
Children who are victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment will likely find the experience stressful and distressing. This will, in all likelihood, adversely affect their educational attainment. Sexual violence and sexual harassment exist on a continuum and may overlap, they can occur online and offline (both physical and verbal) and are never acceptable. It is important that all victims are taken seriously and offered appropriate support. Staff should be aware that some groups are potentially more at risk. Evidence shows girls, children with SEND and LGBT children are at greater risk.
Staff should be aware of the importance of:
• making clear that sexual violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable, will never be tolerated and is not an inevitable part of growing up;
• not tolerating or dismissing sexual violence or sexual harassment as “banter”, “part of growing up”, “just having a laugh” or “boys being boys”; and
• challenging behaviours (potentially criminal in nature), such as grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia, flicking bras and lifting up skirts. Dismissing or tolerating such behaviours risks normalising them.
What is Sexual violence and sexual harassment?
It is important that school and college staff are aware of sexual violence and the fact children can, and sometimes do, abuse their peers in this way. When referring to sexual violence we are referring to sexual offences under the Sexual Offences Act 200319 as described below:
A person (A) commits an offence of rape if: he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B) with his penis, B does not consent to the penetration and A does not reasonably believe that B consents.
Assault by Penetration: A person (A) commits an offence if: s/he intentionally penetrates the vagina or anus of another person (B) with a part of her/his body or anything else, the penetration is sexual, B does not consent to the penetration and A does not reasonably believe that B consents.
A person (A) commits an offence of sexual assault if: s/he intentionally touches another person (B), the touching is sexual, B does not consent to the touching and A does not reasonably believe that B consents.
What is consent?
Consent is about having the freedom and capacity to choose. Consent to sexual activity may be given to one sort of sexual activity but not another, e.g.to vaginal but not anal sex or penetration with conditions, such as wearing a condom. Consent can be withdrawn at any time during sexual activity and each time activity occurs. Someone consents to vaginal, anal or oral penetration only if s/he agrees by choice to that penetration and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.
When referring to sexual harassment we mean ‘unwanted conduct of a sexual nature’ that can occur online and offline. When we reference sexual harassment, we do so in the context of child on child sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is likely to: violate a child’s dignity, and/or make them feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated and/or create a hostile, offensive or sexualised environment.
Whilst not intended to be an exhaustive list, sexual harassment can include:
• sexual comments, such as: telling sexual stories, making lewd comments, making sexual remarks about clothes and appearance and calling someone sexualised names;
• sexual “jokes” or taunting;
• physical behaviour, such as: deliberately brushing against someone, interfering with someone’s clothes (schools and colleges should be considering when any of this crosses a line into sexual violence - it is important to talk to and consider the experience of the victim) and displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature; and
• online sexual harassment. This may be standalone, or part of a wider pattern of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence.
It may include:
• non-consensual sharing of sexual images and videos;
• sexualised online bullying;
• unwanted sexual comments and messages, including, on social media; and
• sexual exploitation; coercion and threats
The response to a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment
The initial response to a report from a child is important. It is essential that all victims are reassured that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe. A victim should never be given the impression that they are creating a problem by reporting sexual violence or sexual harassment. Nor should a victim ever be made to feel ashamed for making a report.
If staff have a concern about a child or a child makes a report to them, they should follow the referral process as set out from paragraph 23 in Part 1 KCSIE 2018. As is always the case, if staff are in any doubt as to what to do they should speak to the designated safeguarding lead (or a deputy).
Part 12 – Response To Concerns About a Child Who May Be At Risk Of Radicalisation
What is radicalisation and extremism?
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.
Extremism is defined by the Government in the Prevent Strategy (March 2015) as:
Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Also included in the definition is reference to extremism calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas.
What are the concerns about radicalisation?
The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom includes the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, 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.
What are the indicators that may suggest a pupil is at risk?
- showing sympathy for extremist causes
- glorifying violence, especially to other faiths or cultures
- making remarks or comments about being at extremist events or rallies outside school
- evidence of possessing illegal or extremist literature
- advocating messages similar to illegal organisations or other extremist groups
- out of character changes in dress, behaviour and peer relationships
- secretive behaviour
- online searches or sharing extremist messages or social profiles
- intolerance of difference, including faith, culture, gender, race or sexuality
- work or writing that displays extremist themes
- attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others
- advocating violence towards others
The internet provides children and young people with access to a wide-range of content, some of which is harmful. As a school we recognise that extremists use the internet, including social media, to share their messages. Oakford Technology oversee the filtering of material that can be accessed on line and monitor the school’s internet activity during site visits.
- online safety for information about filtering
- The Use of Social Media For Online Radicalisation (DfE July 15)
What action is taken in response to concerns that a child might be at risk of radicalisation?
This school is clear that this exploitation and radicalisation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern.
As a school we recognise that we have an important part to play in educating children about extremism and recognising when pupils start to become radicalised.
At East Wichel Community Primary School & Nursery we ensure that through our school vision, values, rules, curriculum and teaching
- We promote tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles.
- The governing body also ensures that this ethos is reflected and implemented effectively in school policy and practice.
- Pupils who attend our school have the right to learn in safety. We do not tolerate bullying of any kind and will challenge derogatory language and behaviour towards others.
- Visitors who are invited to speak to pupils will be informed about our ethos and safeguarding procedures and relevant vetting checks are undertaken. We undertake due diligence to ensure that visiting speakers are appropriate. Speakers will be supervised at all times and will not be allowed to speak to children without a member of staff being present.
Our normal safeguarding procedures will be followed here and a referral made to social care as appropriate.
In addition the DSL / deputy DSL may consider making a referral to the local authority Channel Panel (seek advice from Swindon MASH)
Channel is a multi-agency approach to provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist related activity. Each local authority has a panel and it aims to:
• Establish an effective multi-agency referral and intervention process to identify vulnerable individuals;
• Safeguard individuals who might be vulnerable to being radicalised, so that they are not at risk of being drawn into terrorist-related activity; and
• Provide early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risks they face and reduce vulnerability.
The DfE helpline can be contacted for advice 020 7340 7264 (this should not be used in cases of emergency)
or via the e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 13 – Concerns About The Actions of An Adult Working In Our School
See also Swindon LSCB
What are the expectations of adults working with children in our school?
All staff working within our school understand and adhere to a staff code of conduct. In this school this document is entitled 'Safer Working Practice For Adults Working With Children And Young People' (2017)
What should you do if you are concerned about the actions of an adult working in the school?
- Report your concerns directly to the Head teacher as soon as you are able. email@example.com
- If the Head teacher is not contactable, report to the most senior member of staff on site.
- If your concerns are about the Head teacher report to the Chair of Governors directly. Chair@eastwichel.swindon.sch.uk
If you are concerned that a child might be in immediate danger or at risk of significant harm you must act immediately. This may mean interrupting the Head teacher.
- Record your concerns using the school's 'Concern/Disclosure' form, as soon as possible.
- Remember to record the full date and time, your name and role and keep your record as factual as possible.
- If a concern/disclosure form is unavailable, handwritten notes can be made on a piece of paper. (This must be retained, even if the notes are subsequently written up onto a form).
- Record what action you are taking, for example record the name of the member of staff you have reported to.
- The original concern form should be passed to the Head teacher/ principal. Copies should not be retained by you.
- If the person you have reported the concern to does not take your concern seriously, you must escalate your concern to the Chair of Governors. Ultimately anyone can report a safeguarding concern about an adult working with children into the local authority, asking to speak to the Local Authority Designated Officer, via the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub.
Part 14 – Managing Allegations Against Adults Who work With Children
See also Chapter 4 Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sept 18)
What happens once a concern is reported about an adult working in our school?
Any reported concerns made about an adult working in our school are taken very seriously.
- The Head teacher / Chair of Governors will consider the information in the report and initial consideration will be given as to whether this indicates that the person would pose a risk of harm if they continue to work in close or regular contact with children in their present position or in any capacity.
This will be done by assessing whether there is evidence to suggest that:-
- the person has behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
- the person has possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
- the person has behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates that he/she would pose a risk of harm to children
- If it is decided that there is evidence to suggest the concern meets one or more of the above criteria the Head teacher / Principal / Chair of Governors should contact the Local Authority Designated Officer immediately.
- This is via the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01793 466903. (Emergency duty service 01793 436699). Please state at the start of your conversation that you are ringing to report an allegation against an adult who works with children.
The LADO will decide on further action:-
- no further action after initial consideration and closure, or
- advice and follow up from LADO, or
- strategy discussion/meeting
If no further action by the LADO is agreed the school may be asked to complete their own enquiries and report the findings back to the LADO at the conclusion.
If further action is agreed, the LADO will agree with the police whether or not a strategy discussion/ meeting needs to take place. If it is agreed that the threshold has not been met for a strategy discussion/meeting an allegations management meeting may be held. The main purpose of this is to ensure the safety of the child/children and ensure the process is concluded promptly, ensuring the accused staff member has adequate support.
Statutory requirements in relation to individuals who are on
the barred list
At the end of the allegation process if a member of staff or volunteer is removed from their position for causing harm or posing a risk of harm or they leave whilst investigations are on-going, we have a duty to inform the Disclosure and Barring Service via a referral.
We understand, as a school, that if we know or have reason to believe that an individual is barred, we are committing an offence if we allow the individual to carry out any form of regulated activity.
Part 15 – Whistle-blowing
This school expects the highest standards of conduct from all employees and governors and will treat seriously any concern raised about illegal or improper conduct. The law provides protection for employees who raise legitimate concerns about specified matters. These are called ‘qualifying disclosures’. A qualifying disclosure is one made in the public interest by the employee who has a reasonable belief that:
• A criminal offence
• A miscarriage of justice
• An act creating risk to health and safety
• An act causing damage to the environment
• A breach of any legal obligation
• A concealment of any of the above is being, has been, or is likely to be, committed.
It is not necessary for the employee to have proof that such an act is being, has been, or is likely to be committed, a reasonable belief is sufficient. The employee has no responsibility for investigating the matter; it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that an investigation takes place.
Staff and volunteers are encouraged to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and potential failings in the school's safeguarding regime via:-
- the staff handbook
- the staff code of conduct
- the visitor's/volunteer's code of conduct
In the first instance, unless the employee reasonably believes their Head teacher to be involved in the wrong doing, any concerns should be raised with the employee’s Head teacher. If he/she believes the Head teacher to be involved, then the employee should proceed straight to the Chair of Governors.
Where a member of staff feels unable to raise a concern with either
of the individuals identified above the NSPCC whistle-blowing
helpline is available to them.
Part 16 – Online Safety
What are the school's responsibilities around online safety?
'Keeping Children Safe In Education' (Sept 18) highlights that:-
'Governors and proprietors should ensure that, as part of the requirement for staff to undergo regularly updated safeguarding training (paragraph 64) and the requirement to ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online (paragraph 68), that online safety training for staff is integrated, aligned and considered as part of the overarching safeguarding approach.'
This school recognises:-
- the increasing role technology has to play in education and children's daily lives
- the wide-range of content which is available to children via the internet
- that alongside the benefits of technology, there are also risks
- the importance of delivering a broad and relevant online safety curriculum which provides progression across year groups
- that delivery of this curriculum must be provided via regular lessons, which take place throughout each term
- the importance of keeping up to date with the tools, apps and devices children are using so that the curriculum which is offered is meaningful.
What our online safety curriculum offers
- Key online safety messages (such as the SMART rules) which are reinforced at every opportunity across the curriculum, in assemblies, PSHE lessons
- Pupils are taught in all lessons to be critically aware of the materials and content they access on-line and understand that not everything they see online is true.
- Pupils are supported in building resilience to radicalisation. A safe environment is provided for debating controversial issues and helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making.
Filters and monitoring
The school has filtering systems in place which are monitored regularly by Oakford Technology engineers.
Use of mobile technology
The school has a Social Media Policy and an Acceptable Usage Policy in place which all staff must read, sign and adhere to.
Part 17 – Parents and carers
When are parents/carers contacted?
Concerns about the welfare or safety of pupils will be discussed with the parent/carer, unless, having reviewed the information of concern, it is the view of the safeguarding team that this may increase the risk to the child. Our first priority is the child’s welfare and therefore there may be occasions when concerns about a child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact the parent/carer.
If a referral is to be made to Children's Social Care, the parent/carer will be contacted and the information within the referral will be shared. There are some occasions when the school will be advised not to share the content of the referral with the parent/ carer as to do so may increase the risk of harm to the child.
How do we ensure parents and carers understand the school's role in safeguarding pupils?
This school is committed to helping parents/carers understand its responsibility for the welfare of all pupils and our duty of care.
The policy and procedures are available to parents and carers via the school website and a paper copy can be requested by contacting the school office.
The school website also provides access to a number of useful resources for parents and carers. These can be found in the 'Safeguarding' tab of the school's website.
During pupil induction meetings for parents and carers information will also be discussed about the school's safeguarding responsibilities.
What safeguarding information does the school hold about pupils?
If an adult working in the school (either as a school employee or a visitor or volunteer) has a concern about the safety or welfare of a pupil they must record this concern. These records are stored confidentially, with restricted access. If more than one concern arises or information has been received from a previous school a safeguarding file may be established. The information in this file will be shared with parent/carers, unless the safeguarding team consider that doing so would increase the risk of harm to the child. See also 'Record-keeping'.
What happens to this information when a pupil moves school?
When a pupil moves schools any safeguarding information transfers to the new school, confidentially and separate to academic records. There will also be, where possible, a meeting to discuss the information being shared.
Part 18 – Additional Support For Pupils
Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities
As a school, we recognise that children who have special education needs and disabilities can face additional safeguarding and child protection challenges. These can include:-
- assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration
- children with SEN and disabilities can be disproportionately impacted upon by things like bullying, without outwardly showing any signs
- communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers
Attendance and pupils missing education
As a school we recognise the importance of pupils attending school regularly. Any unexplained absence is followed up on the first day of absence. Pupil attendance is monitored every term by the school's attendance officer with a local authority EWO. We recognise that children with poor attendance or missing from education may be more vulnerable and potentially are exposed to higher degrees of risk. Attendance information is therefore considered within the wider remit of safeguarding and child protection. Staff are aware that episodes of unexplained absence could indicate safeguarding concerns or the need for early help support – see also 'Early Help
Pupils who are educated off site
Where pupils are attending off-site alternative provision it is our responsibility to ensure that they continue to be kept safe. Quality assurance of any provision used by our school is completed prior to the placement of a pupil. This includes review of the provision’s safeguarding and child protection procedures and where possible a visit to the site.
For each day that the pupil attends the off-site provision contact is made to ensure they have arrived safely.
This process also applies where a pupil has been excluded from school, including fixed term exclusions. Contact will be made with a parent or carer to confirm their safety on each day of the exclusion.
Positive -handling of pupils
Where physical intervention is required to keep a pupil safe the school will respond in line with the DfE guidance 'Use of reasonable force' July 2013.
As a school we may intervene to:-
- remove a disruptive pupil from the classroom where they have refused to follow an instruction to do so;
- prevent a pupil behaving in a way that disrupts a school event or a school trip or visit;
- prevent a pupil leaving the classroom where allowing the pupil to leave would risk their safety or lead to behaviour that disrupts the behaviour of others;
- prevent a pupil from attacking a member of staff or another pupil, or to stop a fight in the playground; and
- restrain a pupil at risk of harming themselves through physical outbursts.
All incidents of positive handling are recorded in the school's bound book and reported to parents/carers.
Where pupil require regular handling and intervention a positive handling plan will be put in place. The pupil, together with the parents/carers will be involved in this process.
Team Teach training has been given to members of staff.
Intimate care includes any tasks that involve the dressing and undressing, washing including intimate parts, helping someone use the toilet, changing nappies or carrying out a procedure that requires direct or indirect contact to an intimate personal area.
The school has a Toileting Policy in place which includes intimate care of pupils.
Part 19 – Training For Adults Working In Our School
We are committed to ensuring staff and volunteers know and understand:-
- the signs and symptoms of abuse;
- how to identify children who may benefit from early help;
- their responsibility for referring concerns to the designated safeguarding lead / deputy;
- the procedures for reporting safeguarding /child protection concerns about adults working with children (allegations)
Safeguarding and child protection training is provided on a regular basis to all staff annually to enable them to carry out these requirements.
Training opportunities include sessions on:-
Basic Awareness of Safeguarding - face to face
Online safety, Channel and Data Protection
Training includes online (Hays)
All governors complete online training.
In addition to formal training, all staff receive regular opportunity to update their knowledge and understanding. These are delivered by the DSL, LSCB or the school’s borough’s safeguarding consultant.
Additional training for Designated Safeguarding Leads and deputy DSLs
The statutory requirement for DSLs and deputy DSLs is to renew training every 2 years. We work in line with this requirement.
Our deputy DSL has completed advanced training to the same level as the DSL, in line with the requirements of our Local Safeguarding Children Board.
In addition, the members of our safeguarding team complete:-
* FGM training
* Prevent training in line with statutory requirements
All staff are required to read:-
- Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sept 19)
- The school's Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and related policies (see introduction tab for list)
- the school's Staff Code of Conduct
Staff are asked to sign to confirm their understanding and accept responsibility for following up any questions or queries they have arising from reading this document with a member of our safeguarding team.
Regular volunteers are asked to read:-
- Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sept 19)
- The Code of Conduct for Volunteers
- Information about what to do if worried about a child / adult
See also 'Safer Recruitment' for information about staff induction
Part 20 – Safer Recruitment Procedures
This school works in line with Part 3 of Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sept 2019).
Checks completed on staff who have a teaching role
- An enhanced DBS certificate, which includes barred list information, is required for any staff who will be engaging in regulated activity (working unsupervised with children). This is required for any staff employed since 2002. Prior to this staff were checked against List 99.
- Identity checks are completed, together with proof of right to work in the UK
- Qualifications are checked
In addition, the teacher services website is used to complete the following checks:-
- qualified teacher status
- prohibition check
- section 128 check (for any individual who has a managerial role, including Governors and Trustees)
- completion of induction
- teacher not subject to a conditional offer/suspension
- European Economic Area sanctions
If an individual has lived or worked outside of the UK an overseas police check / certificate of good conduct may be required. A check of visa/work permit will also be required here.
Visitors, volunteers and external staff
- An enhanced DBS certificate, which includes barred list information, is required for any staff who will be engaging in regulated activity (working unsupervised with children). This is required for any staff employed since 2002. Prior to this staff were checked against List 99. If the individual is not working in regulated activity (not working unsupervised with children) an enhanced DBS is completed but they do not require the barred list check.
- Identity checks are completed
Where staff from external organisations are working with our pupils, we ensure that the letter of assurance received confirms that the relevant checks are in place, including a barred list check if the individual is working in regulated activity.
Single Central Record
The school maintains an up to date single central record of all safer recruitment checks. This is in line with the requirements as set out in Keeping Children Safe In Education (Sept 18). The Head teacher has oversight of this record and ensures it is in line with statutory requirements (chapter 3 Keeping Children Safe In Education Sept 18)
Induction of new staff
Following appointment the school offers new staff a programme of safeguarding and child protection induction. This includes:- a face to face session with the DSL, key documents to read, training includes online.
Part 21 – Record-keeping
Any member of staff, visitor or volunteer who has a concern about a pupil's welfare, or receives a disclosure of abuse will make an accurate record, as soon as possible, noting what was said or seen, putting the event into context and giving the full date, time and location. Where possible this will be noted on the school's concern form.
If injuries or marks have been observed which cause concern, these should be recorded on a body map outline, giving an indication of size and whether there is a defined shape to the mark or injury.
Staff will not take photographs.
Any handwritten notes (not captured on a concern template) will be retained by the school’s DSL and stored with all CP files in the Headteacher’s office, even if they are subsequently written up.
Records of concern or disclosures will be kept (even if there is no need to make a referral immediately). These records are stored confidentially. They do not form part of the pupil's educational records and are stored separately. Confidentiality will be maintained and information relating to individual pupil / families shared with staff on a need to know basis.
Individual pupil files
Once a pattern of concern or disclosures begins to emerge an individual file will be established for the pupil. At this point we endeavour to inform parents/carers of this action, unless, following advice, we believe that by sharing this information the pupil will be at greater risk.
This will be organised clearly and have a chronology at the front. The chronology will be kept up to date and reviewed at regular intervals. All 'significant events' are captured on this chronology, including attendance at meetings, phone calls and emails in relation to safeguarding and /or child protection matters. This chronology also captures headline information about what action has been taken and the outcome of this action. The outcome should focus, where possible, on the pupil and indicate whether the situation is improving.
Case file review
Safeguarding and child protection files for individual pupils should be re-visited regularly to ensure any risk is being reduced and appropriate taken. It is good practice for this review to take place on a termly basis.
To ensure that all files are reviewed an overview of all pupils (where there are safeguarding / child protection concerns) is kept up to date. This is a 'live' document and reflects the numbers of pupils subject to a plan, child in need or receiving early help support.
Transfer of records when a pupil moves to a new school
When a pupil moves school, safeguarding / child protection documentation will be passed as soon as possible and confidentially to the receiving school, separate from academic records. Where possible the DSL will arrange to meet the DSL of the new school to discuss the documentation. The receiving school is asked to sign to confirm receipt of the information and this confirmation is stored on file.
Appendix 1 – Definitions of Abuse (taken from Working Together July 2018
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
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);
- Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent 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 meets 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 cyber bullying), 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, though it may occur alone.
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 Sexual abuse can take place online, and technology can be used to facilitate offline abuse. Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.