CHILD PROTECTION POLICY.
To be read in conjunction with our Safeguarding, Radicalisation and Behaviour Policies.
Norton Road Primary School has adopted procedures as recommended by the Local Authority and Department of Education to identify and protect children at risk.
The Headteacher is the named person and any concerns should be reported to him or one of the Safeguarding Team (Child protection Officers) immediately. A first port of call, particularly for lower level concerns, would be our Family Workers.
In the absence of the Headteacher the Deputy will assume overall responsibility, and where appropriate he will consult with other members of staff including other members of the Safeguarding Team, as may the Headteacher when present.
In practice, the Child Protection Officers work together as a team, at least in pairs, on any one ‘case.’ Any member of this team may deputise for or act on behalf of the Headteacher as appropriate.
The Safeguarding Team/Child Protection Officers are:
Mr Mike Austins (Headteacher)
Mrs Heidi Ross (Deputy Head Teacher - Inclusion Manager)
Mr David Salisbury (Assistant Head Teacher)
Mrs Mandy reader (Family Worker)
Mrs Teresa Burke (Family Worker)
Mrs Tracy Bibby (Business Manager)
Procedure for suspected Child Abuse:
Bruises, fractures, facial and/or head injuries, burns, scalds, bites and bruising.
Although many of these injuries will not be the result of child abuse, action should be taken when the nature of the injury is not consistent with the account of how it occurred or where there is a definite knowledge or reasonable suspicion that the injury was inflicted by a person having care of that child.
Injuries caused by a lack of reasonable supervision, also failure to provide a reasonable standard of care. This may also impact on Failure to Thrive.
Failure to thrive:
Where behaviour and emotional development has been severely affected or where children have been medically diagnosed as suffering from Failure to Thrive where no medical diagnosis or reason has been given.
Where a child is being exposed to or persuaded to hold extremist views.
An illegal act surgically mutilating the female genitalia.
If Female Genital Mutilation is suspected by a member of staff undertaking teaching work, they may take responsibility and refer. To do this their class may need to be split around school or a substitute teacher be found. Though not a legal requirement we STRONGLY INSIST that a member of the Child Protection Team should also be involved, and in all other regards a normal procedure of filling out a concern sheet etc. should be followed. The Headteacher or Acting Head must be informed. If suspicions are raised or a disclosure is made to a member of non-teaching staff, referral should be made to a member of the Safeguarding Team in the usual way, including the filling out of a concerns sheet.
The involvement in any sexual activity below the age of consent, not necessarily sexual intercourse. This applies regardless of if the underage participant is willing or not, as legally anyone underage cannot give consent. Such abuse may involve adults, or other minors.
The suggestion by a child of Sexual Abuse must be taken seriously and urgently reported to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
In the event of physical injury, the Headteacher or someone acting in good faith on his behalf should refer to the hospital. This is true even in no abuse is suspected. The child should be accompanied to the hospital by two members of staff , at least one should offer to ride in the ambulance if it has been called. MASH advice (01582 546000 switchboard) being taken into account, either parental permission should be sought or parents should be informed depending on circumstances. No child should be referred to the hospital without the Headteacher/ Senior staff member being informed. Other agencies should be involved as appropriate.
If Child Abuse of any sort (including Radicalisation) is suspected, the Headteacher or his representative acting in good faith (one of the C.P.O. Safeguarding Team) should contact Luton MASH (as above). Other agencies should be involved as recommended by MASH or as school feels appropriate, including Education Welfare, School Nursing and/or the Police. It is vital that a concerns sheet is completed. We should record:
How we are aware.
What we saw (do not remove the child’s clothing except outer garments such as pullovers to administer first aid if appropriate).
What the child said (listen, record, do not ask questions).
Follow these rules:
Do not promise confidentiality, explain that you might need to seek help but that you won’t tell anyone unnecessarily.
Reassure – they are doing the right thing telling an adult – keeping a secret gives someone power over them.
NEVER make a judgement about the truth. ALWAYS refer to the Safeguarding Team.
Do not ask to see injuries. If you are shown voluntarily make a note of them. Only ever remove any outer garments if first aid is needed.
If you need to ask a question, keep it to the minimal number and minimal sort:
WHEN, WHERE, WHY, WHO, WHAT, HOW.
AVOID any questions if at all possible. It is OK to ask a child to repeat something you are trying to remember before noting it down.
Leading questions are forbidden-these can destroy a later court case.
Make a written, dated account (including body map if appropriate) ASAP.
ALWAYS refer to a Child Protection Officer from The Safeguarding Team.
If a child referral takes place after school, follow the same procedure or in emergency ring MASH (01582 546000 switchboard), or the Police.
REMEMBER YOU CAN BE AT RISK TOO!
Never be alone in an office or classroom with one or two children.
Never take children home alone, always travel with a colleague.
Never visit a home alone, again two colleagues together is the minimum-there are no exceptions.
Even ringing a child’s home should involve proximity to a witness.
Do think about risks, be aware of inappropriately touching children.
Be meticulous at signing in and out of the building.
First Aider List for the initial assessment of, and dealing with, injuries: