Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent or carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared effectively and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
Safeguarding Children in Education
The school is compliant with all duties placed upon it by the Education Act (2002) which requires that the following responsibilities are discharged by the Governing Body:
- There is a Child Protection Policy and procedure in place.
- The school operates safe recruitment practices.
- The school maintains a single central record which includes details of all DBS checks.
- The school has a properly trained senior manager who is designated to take lead responsibility for dealing with Child Protection and this training is refreshed every 2 years. Currently the Principal has been trained in this regard.
- All members of staff receive Child Protection training to equip them to carry out their Child Protection responsibilities effectively and this is refreshed every 3 years.
- All temporary staff and volunteers are informed of the arrangements for Child Protection.
- There is a member of the Governing Body with responsibility for Child Protection.
- The school seeks assurances from other organisations using the school for after-school activities that they have appropriate policies and procedures.
- The Governing Body reviews its policies and procedures annually and makes an annual report to the Local Authority (LA) regarding Child Protection.
Access to the school during the day is only via the main entrance door which is operated by the admin team. All external doors are kept locked during the day. Children are encouraged to be vigilant and report any unknown adult in school, who is not wearing a badge, to a member of staff.