Child Protection Policy

Kent County Council

Children, Families and Education Directorate

 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

STATEMENT

OF

DOWNS VIEW INFANT SCHOOL

 

Responsible People named in this Policy

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead:(DSL)

                        Head Teacher                                                              Tracy Kent

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: (DSLs)

 

Deputy Headteacher                                                                      Sarah Collins

 

Inclusion Leader                                                                              Lisa Somerville

 

Early years Leader                                                                     Claire Smith

 

Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding:                        Jennifer White

 

 Date written:                         September 2018

 Ratified by Governors :       11thOctober 2018

 Review date:                         September 2019

 This policy will be reviewed at least annually and/or following any updates to national and local guidance and procedure

Contents

 

 

Page no
What to do if you have a welfare concern – flowchart 2
1.                    Introduction and Ethos 3
2.                    Definition of Safeguarding 3
3.                    Context 3
4.                    Related Safeguarding Policies 4
5.                    Key Responsibilities 7
6.                    Recognition and Types of Abuse and Neglect 7
7.                    Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures 7
8.                    Record Keeping 8
9.                    Multi-Agency Working 8
  1. Confidentiality and Information Sharing
9
  1. Complaints
9
  1. Staff induction, Awareness and Training
9
  1. Safe Working Practice
10
  1. Staff Supervision and Support
10
  1. Safer Recruitment
11
  1. Allegations Against Members of Staff and Volunteers
11
  1. Safeguarding Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
11
  1. Peer on Peer Abuse
12
  1. Online Safety
12
  1. Curriculum and Staying Safe
13
  1. The Use of School Premises by Other Organisations
13
  1. Security
14
  1. Monitoring and Review
14
  1. Local Support
14
  1. National Support
14-16

 

 

  1. Introduction and Ethos

 

Downs View Infant School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, volunteers, governors, parents, families and pupils) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure. Downs View Infant School recognise our statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

Downs View Infant School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to be safe and feel safe. In our school children are respected and encouraged to talk openly.

Our school core safeguarding principles are:

  • We are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
  • It is our whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account.
  • All our staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our safeguarding policies.

 

  1. Definition of Safeguarding

 

“Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education.” (Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings, Ofsted, September 2018).

All safeguarding policies will be reviewed on an annual (minimum) basis by the Governing Body which has responsibility for oversight of school safeguarding and child protection systems. The Designated Safeguarding Lead / Head Teacher will ensure regular reporting on safeguarding activity and systems in school to the Governing Body. The Governing Body will not receive details of individual pupil situations or identifying features of families as part of their oversight responsibility.

 

There are four main elements to our child protection policy

Prevention(e.g. positive, supportive, safe school culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures);

Protection(by following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns);

Support(for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm);

Working with parents and other agencies(to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).

The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff (including temporary staff and volunteers)and governors and are consistent with those of Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB).

 

  1. Context

 

This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and related guidance. This includes:

  • DfE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018(KCSIE)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (WTSC)
  • Ofsted guidance ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings’ (2018)
  • Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000)
  • Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures (Online)
  • Early Years and Foundation Stage Framework 2017 (EYFS)

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requires school governing bodies, local education authorities and further education institutions to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children who are pupils at a school, or who are students under 18 years of age. Such arrangements will have to have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

 

The school acknowledges that this policy recognises a range of specific safeguarding issues including (but not limited to):

  • Bullying (including cyberbullying)
  • Children and the court system
  • Children Missing Education (CME)
  • Children with family members in prison
  • Child missing from home or care
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Child criminal exploitation (County Lines)
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Drugs and alcohol misuse
  • Fabricated or induced illness
  • Faith abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage
  • Gangs and youth violence
  • Gender based abuse and violence against women and girls
  • Hate
  • Honour based abuse
  • Mental health
  • Missing children and adults
  • Online safety
  • Peer on Peer Abuse
  • Prevent duty (radicalisation and extremism)
  • Private fostering
  • Relationship abuse
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery
  • Youth produced sexual imagery or “Sexting”

 

(Also see Annex A within ‘Keeping children safe in education’ 2018)

  1. Related Safeguarding Policies

This policy is one of a series in the school’s integrated safeguarding portfolio and should be read in conjunction with the policies as listed below:

  • Behaviour Management, linked to the Use of Physical Intervention
  • Online Safety and Social Media
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Data Protection and Information Sharing
  • Sex & Relationship Education
  • Personal and Intimate Care
  • Health and Safety
  • Attendance
  • Risk Assessments (e.g. school trips, use of technology)
  • First Aid and Accidents
  • Managing Allegations Against Staff
  • Staff Code of Conduct Policy (including Acceptable Use of Technology)
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Whistleblowing
  1. Key Responsibilities

 The governing body and all staff have read and will follow KCSIE 2018.

The school has a nominated governor for safeguarding. The nominated governor will take the lead role in ensuring that the school has an effective policy which interlinks with other related policies; that locally agreed procedures are in place and being followed; and that the policies are reviewed at least annually and when required.

 

The Governing Body, Headteacher and Leadership Team will ensure that the DSL is properly supported in their role.

 

 

5.1 Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

The school has appointed a member of the leadership team Tracy Kent, Headteacher as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). The DSL has the overall responsibility for the day to day oversight of safeguarding and child protection systems in school.

 

The DSL will undergo appropriate and specific training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their role. The DSL and any deputy DSL’s training will be updated formally every two years but their knowledge and skills will be updated through a variety of methods at regular intervals and at least annually.

 

Deputy DSLs are trained to the same standard as the DSL. Whilst the activities of the DSL may be delegated to the deputies, the ultimate lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection remains with the DSL and this responsibility will not be delegated.

 

It is the role of the DSL to:

  • Act as the central contact point for all staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns
  • Maintain a confidential recording system for safeguarding and child protection concerns
  • Coordinate safeguarding action for individual children
    • In the case of Children Looked After the DSL should have the details of the child’s social worker and the name of the virtual school head in the authority that looks after the child (with the DSL liaising closely with the designated teacher)
  • Liaise with other agencies and professionals in line with WTSC 2018
  • Ensure that locally established referral procedures are followed as necessary
  • Represent, or ensure the school is appropriately represented at multi-agency safeguarding meetings (including Child Protection conferences)
  • Manage and monitor the school’s role in any multi-agency plan for a child.
  • Be available during term time (during school hours) for staff in the school to discuss any safeguarding concerns
  • Ensure all staff access appropriate safeguarding training and relevant updates in line with the recommendations within KCSIE (2018) 

5.2 Members of Staff

All members of staff have a responsibility to:

  • To provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
  • Be prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help.
  • Consider wider environmental factors in a child’s life that may be a threat to their safety and/or welfare.
  • To understand the early help process and their role in it.
  • To understand your schools safeguarding policies and systems.
  • To undertake regular and appropriate training which is regularly updated.
  • Be aware of the process of making referrals to children’s social care and statutory assessment under the Children Act 1989.
  • Know what to do if a child tells them that he or she is being abused or neglected.
  • Know how to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality.
  • Be aware of the indicators of abuse and neglect so that they are able to identify cases of children who may be in need of help or protection.

 

5.3 Children and Young People

Children and young people (pupils) have a rightto:

  • Contribute to the development of school safeguarding policies
  • Receive help from a trusted adult.
  • Learn how to keep themselves safe by recognising when they are themselves at risk and how to get help when they need it, including online.

 

5.4 Parents and Carers

Parents/carers have a responsibility to:

  • Understand and adhere the relevant school/policies and procedures.
  • Talk to their children about safeguarding issues with their children & support the school in their safeguarding approaches.
    • Identify behaviours which could indicate that their child is at risk of harm including online and seek help and support from the school, or other agencies.

 

Parents can obtain a copy of the school Child Protection Policy and other related policies on request and can view them via the school websitewww.downs-view.kent.sch.uk.

 

  1. Recognition and Types of Abuse and Neglect

All staff in school should be aware of the definitions and indicators of abuse and neglect. There are four categories of abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect

Members of staff are aware that child welfare concerns may arise in many different contexts and can vary greatly in terms of their nature and seriousness.

 

The warning signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect can vary from child to child. Children also develop and mature at different rates, so what appears to be worrying behaviour for a younger child might be normal for an older child.

 

Parental behaviours’ may also indicate child abuse or neglect, so staff should also be alert to parent-child interactions or concerning parental behaviours; this could include parents who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if there is a sudden change in their mental health.

 

By understanding the warning signs, we can respond to problems as early as possible and provide the right support and services for the child and their family. It is important to recognise that a warning sign doesn’t automatically mean a child is being abused.

 

  1. Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

 

Downs View Infant School adheres to the KSCB Safeguarding Children Procedures. The full KSCB procedures and additional guidance relating to specific safeguarding issues can be found on the KSCB website www.kscb.org.uk

 

 

All members of staff are expected to be aware of and follow this approach:

 

It may not always be appropriate to go through all four stages sequentially and if a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of harm, a request for support should be made immediately to Children’s Social Work Services and/or the police.

 

The role of the school in situations where there are child protection concerns is NOT to investigate but to recognise and refer.

The DSL may seek advice or guidance from Area Education Safeguarding Adviser from the Education Safeguarding Team before making a decision regarding next steps. They may also seek advice or guidance from a social worker at the Front Door service.

All members of staff are made aware of the internal and local early help support services. Where a child is being offered or receiving early help support, staff will be supported to understand their role in any early help assessment or intervention. This includes identifying emerging problems, liaising with other professionals, and in some cases acting as the lead practitioner.

The DSL will keep all early help cases under constant review and consideration will be given to a request for support to the Front Door if the situation does not appear to be improving or is getting worse.

All staff are aware of the process for making request for support referrals for statutory assessments under the Children Act 1989, along with the role they might be expected to play in such assessments.

In all but the most exceptional circumstances, parents /carers will be made aware of the concerns for their child at the earliest possible stage. In the event of a request for support to the Front Door being necessary, parents/carers will be informed and consent to this will be sought in line with guidance provided by KSCB,unless there is a valid reason not to do so, for example if to do so would put a child at risk of harm to would undermine a criminal investigation.

In the absence of the availability of the DSL to discuss an immediate and urgent concern, staff can seek advice from the Deputy DSL. They may also seek advice from the Education Safeguarding Team or via consultation from a Local Authority social worker at the Front Door. If anyone other than the DSL makes a referral to external services, then they will inform the DSL as soon as possible.

On occasion, staff may pass information about a child to the DSL but remain anxious about action subsequently taken. Staff should feel able to check the progress of a case with the DSL so that they can reassure themselves the child is safe and their welfare is being considered. If following this process, the staff member remains concerned it is the responsibility of that staff member to follow the school’s escalation process.

If a child’s situation does not appear to be improving, then the DSL (or the person that made the request for support) will consider re-referral. Professional disagreements (escalation) will be responded to in line with the KSCB procedures and DSLs may request support via the Education Safeguarding Team.

 

  1. Record Keeping

Staff will record any welfare concern that they have about a child on the school’s safeguarding incident/concern form (with a body map if injuries have been observed) and pass them without delay to the DSL. Records will be completed as soon as possible after the incident/event, using the child’s words and will be signed and dated by the member of staff.

 

All safeguarding concerns, discussions and decisions (and justifications for those decisions) will be recorded in writing. If members of staff are in any doubt about recording requirements, they should discuss their concerns with DSL.

 

Incident/Welfare concern forms are kept in every class room/ office and hall.

 

Safeguarding records are kept for individual children and are maintained separately from all other records relating to the child in the school. Safeguarding records are kept in accordance with data protection legislation and are retained in a locked cupboard in the Inclusion Leader’s room and securely by the DSL. Safeguarding records are shared with staff on a ‘need to know’ basis only.

 

All safeguarding records will be transferred in accordance with data protection legislation to the child’s subsequent school/setting, under confidential and separate cover. These will be given to the new DSL and a receipt of delivery will be obtained.

 

Detailed guidance on Record Keeping is found in a separate document“Guidelines for Safeguarding Record Keeping in Schools”.

 

The Headteacher will be kept informed of any significant issues by the DSL.

 

  1. Multi-agency Working

 

Downs View Infant School recognises and is committed to its responsibility to work with other professionals and agencies in line with statutory guidance (WTSC 2018)

 

Schools are not the investigating agency when there are child protection concerns, we will however contribute to the investigation and assessment processes as required. Downs View Infant School recognises the importance of multi-agency working and will support attendance at relevant safeguarding meetings, including Child Protection Conferences, Core Groups, Strategy Meetings, Child in Need meetings or other early help multi-agency meetings.

 

The School Leadership Team and DSL will work to establish strong and co-operative relationships with relevant professionals in other agencies.

 

  1. Confidentiality and Information Sharing

 

Downs View Infant Schoolrecognises that all matters relating to child protection are confidential. The Headteacher or DSL will only disclose information about a pupil to other members of staff on a ‘need to know’ basis.

 

All members of staff must be aware that whilst they have duties to keep any information confidential, they also have a professional responsibility to share information with other agencies to safeguard children.

 

All staff must be aware that they cannot promise a child to keep secrets which might compromise the child’s safety or wellbeing.

 

DfE Guidance on Information Sharing (July 2018) provides further detail. This can be found in safeguarding file, on safeguarding board in staff room and on KLZ portal.

  1. Complaints

 

The school has a Complaints Procedureavailable to parents, pupils and members of staff and visitors who wish to report concerns. This can be found in the staff room/school office/school website and KLZ portal.

 

All reported concerns will be taken seriously and considered within the relevant and appropriate process. Anything that constitutes an allegation against a member of staff or volunteer will be dealt with under the specific Procedures for Managing Allegations against Staff policy. This can be found in Safeguarding file, on safeguarding board in staff room and on KLZ portal

  1. Staff Induction, Awareness and Training

 

All members of staff have been provided with a copy of Part One of “Keeping Children Safe in Education”(2018) which covers Safeguarding information for all staff. School leaders will read the entire document. School leaders and all members of staff who work directly with children will access Annex A within Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.Members of staff have signed to confirm that they have read and understood Part One and Annex A. (Office Administrator to be informed and then information is kept on single central record).

 

The DSL will ensure that all new staff and volunteers (including temporary staff) are aware of the school’s internal safeguarding processes.

 

All staff members (including temporary staff) will receive training to ensure they are aware of a range of safeguarding issues.

 

All staff members (including temporary staff) will receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates, at least annually.

 

All staff members (including temporary staff) will be made aware of the schools expectations regarding safe and professional practice via the staff behaviour policy (or code of conduct) and Acceptable Use Policy.

 

The DSL and Head Teacher will provide an annual report to the Governing Body detailing safeguarding training undertaken by all staff and will maintain up to date register of who has been trained.

 

Although the school has a nominated lead for the governing body (Nic Petri), all members of the governing body will access appropriate safeguarding training which covers their specific strategic responsibilities on a regular basis.

 

  1. Safe Working Practice

 

All members of staff are required to work within clear guidelines on Safe Working Practice / the school’s Staff Code of Conduct.

 

Staff should be aware of the school’s Behaviour Management and Physical Intervention Policies, and any physical interventions must be in line with agreed policy and procedures.

 

Staff should be particularly aware of the professional risks associated with the use of social media and electronic communication (email, mobile phones, texting, social network sites etc.) and should adhere to the school’s online safety and Acceptable Use policies.                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

  1. Staff Supervision and Support                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Any member of staff affected by issues arising from concerns for children’s welfare or safety can seek support from the DSL.

 

The induction process will include familiarisation with child protection responsibilities and procedures to be followed if members of staff have any concerns about a child’s safety or welfare.

The school will provide appropriate supervision and support for all members of staff to ensure that:

    • All staff are competent to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
    • All staff will be supported by the DSL in their safeguarding role.
    • All members of staff have regular reviews of their own practice to ensure they improve over time.

The DSL will also put staff in touch with outside agencies for professional support if they so wish. Staff can also approach organisations such as their Union, the Education Support Partnership or other similar organisations directly.

 

The school will ensure that members of staff who are working within the foundation stage are provided with appropriate supervision in accordance with the statutory requirements of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017.

 

  1. Safer Recruitment

 

Downs View Infant Schoolis committed to ensure that develop a safe culture and that all steps are taken to recruit staff and volunteers who are safe to work with our pupils and staff.

 

The Governing Body and Leadership Team are responsible for ensuring that the school follows safe recruitment processes outlined within guidance.

 

Downs View Infant Schoolis responsible for ensuring that the school maintains an accurate Single Central Record (SCR) in line with statutory guidance.

 

The Governing Body will ensure that there is at least one of the persons who conducts an interview has completed safer recruitment training.

 

We are also committed to supporting the statutory guidance from the Department for Education on the application of the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and related obligations under the Childcare Act 2006 in schools.

 

We advise all staff to disclose any reason that may affect their suitability to work with children including convictions, cautions, court orders, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

 

  1. Allegations Against Members of Staff and Volunteers

 

Downs View Infant Schoolrecognises that it is possible for staff and volunteers to behave in a way that might cause harm to children and takes seriously any allegation received. Such allegations should be referred immediately to the Head Teacher or deputy in their absence who will first contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to agree further action to be taken in respect of the child and staff member. In the event of allegations of abuse being made against the headteacher then staff are advised that allegations should be reported to the Chair of Governors who will contact the LADO in the first instance.

 

All staff and volunteers should feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and such concerns will always be taken seriously by the senior leadership team.

 

All members of staff are made aware of the school’s Whistleblowing procedure and that it is a disciplinary offence not to report concerns about the conduct of a colleague that could place a child at risk. Staff can also access the NSPCC whistleblowing helpline if they do not feel able to raise concerns regarding child protection failures internally. Staff can call: 0800 028 0285 (8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday to Friday) or email:help@nspcc.org.uk

 

Downs View Infant Schoolhas a legal duty to refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) anyone who has harmed, or poses a risk of harm, to a child, or if there is reason to believe the member of staff has committed one of a number of listed offences, and who has been removed from working (paid or unpaid) in regulated activity, or would have been removed had they not left. The DBS will consider whether to bar the person. If these circumstances arise in relation to a member of staff at our school, a referral will be made as soon as possible after the resignation or removal of the individual in accordance with advice from the LADO and/or Schools Personnel Service.

 

When in doubt – consult

 

  1. Peer on Peer Abuse

 

All members of staff at recognise that children at Downs View Infant Schoolare capable of abusing their peers. Peer on peer abuse can take many forms, including (but not limited to) bullying, cyberbullying, gender-based abuse, hazing (initiation type violence), sexually harmful behaviour and violence and ‘sexting’. The setting is mindful that some potential issues may by be affected by the gender, age, ability and culture of those involved.

 

Downs View Infant School believes that abuse is abuse and it will never be tolerated, dismissed or minimised. Any incidents of peer on peer abuse will be managed in the same way as any other child protection concern in accordance with Kent Safeguarding Children Board procedures.

 

Further information about the schools response to specific allegations can be located in behaviour, online safeguarding and anti-bullying policies

 

The school will respond to cases of “sexting” (or Youth Produced Sexual Imagery) in line with the UKCCIS “Sexting in Schools and Colleges” guidance and KSCB guidance.

 

Further information in relation to the schools approach to “sexting” can be found in the settings online safety policy which can be found on our website, in safeguarding file in the office or on staff board for safeguarding

 

Downs Infant School are aware of and will follow the KSCB procedures (kscb.org.uk) for supporting children who are at risk of harm as a result of their own behaviour.

 

  1. Safeguarding Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 

Downs View Infant School acknowledges that children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges as they may have an impaired capacity to resist or avoid abuse.

 

Downs View Infant Schoolwill ensure that children withSEN and disabilities, specifically those with communication difficulties will be supported to ensure that their voice is heard and acted upon.

 

Members of staff are encouraged to be aware that children with SEN and disabilities can be disproportionally impacted by safeguarding concerns such as bullying. All members of staff will be encouraged to appropriately explore possible indicators of abuse such as behaviour/mood change or injuries and not to assume that they are related to the child’s disability and be aware that children with SEN and disabilities may not always outwardly display indicators of abuse.

 

  1. Online Safety

 

It is recognised by Downs View Infant Schoolthat the use of technology presents challenges and risks to children and adults both inside and outside of school.

 

The DSL has overall responsibility for online safeguarding within the school.

 

Downs View Infant Schoolidentifies that the issues can be broadly categorised into three areas of risk:

content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material

contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users

conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.

 

The DSL and leadership team have read annex C regarding Online Safety within ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2018.

 

Downs View Infant School recognises the specific risks that can be posed by mobile phones and cameras and in accordance with KCSIE 2018 and EYFS 2017 has appropriate policies in place that are shared and understood by all members of the school community. Further information reading the specific approaches relating to this can be found in the schools Online Safety Policy, Acceptable Use Policy and Image Use Policy which can be found on the safeguarding board in the staff room/ in the safeguarding folder in the HTs office/ KLZ portal and our website.

 

Downs View Infant School will ensure that appropriate filtering and monitoring systems are in place when pupils and staff access school systems and internet provision.

 

 

Downs View Infant School acknowledges that whilst filtering and monitoring is an important part of schools online safety responsibilities, it is only one part of our approach to online safety. Pupils and adults may have access to systems external to the school control such as mobile phones and other internet enabled devices and technology and where concerns are identified appropriate action will be taken.

 

Downs View Infant Schoolwill ensure a comprehensive whole school curriculum response is in place to enable all pupils to learn about and manage online risks effectively and will support parents and the wider school community (including all members of staff) to become aware and alert to the need to keep children safe online. 

  1. Curriculum and Staying Safe

 

We recognise that schools play an essential role in helping children to understand and identify the parameters of what is appropriate child and adult behaviour; what is ‘safe’; to recognise when they and others close to them are not safe; and how to seek advice and support when they are concerned.

 

Our curriculum provides opportunities for increasing self-awareness, self-esteem, social and emotional understanding, assertiveness and decision making so that students have a range of contacts and strategies to ensure their own protection and that of others. Online safety is integrated into the curriculum.

Our school systems support children to talk to a range of staff. Children will be listened to and heard and their concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon as appropriate.

 

  1. The Use of School Premises by Other Organisations

 

Where services or activities are provided separately by another body using the school premises, the Head Teacher and Governing Body will seek written assurance that the organisation concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place with regard to safeguarding children and child protection and that relevant safeguarding checks have been made in respect of staff and volunteers.

 

If this assurance is not achieved then an application to use premises will be refused.

 

  1. Security

 

All members of staff have a responsibility for maintaining awareness of buildings and grounds security and for reporting concerns that may come to light.

 

Appropriate checks will be undertaken in respect of visitors and volunteers coming into school as outlined within guidance. Visitors will be expected to sign in and out via the office visitors log and to display a visitors badge whilst on school site. Any individual who is not known or identifiable should be challenged for clarification and reassurance.

 

The school will not accept the behaviour of any individual (parent or other) that threatens school security or leads others (child or adult) to feel unsafe. Such behaviour will be treated as a serious concern and may result in a decision to refuse access for that individual to the school site.

 

  1. Monitoring and Review

 

All school staff (including temporary staff and volunteers) will have access to a copy of this policy.  The policy will also be available to parents/carers.

 

The policy forms part of our school development plan and will be reviewed annually.

 

  1. Local Support

 

All members of staff in Downs View Infant School are made aware of local support available

Contact details for Area Safeguarding Adviser (Education Safeguarding Team)

kelsi.org.uk/support-for-children-and-young-people/child-protection-and-safeguarding/safeguarding-contacts

For Ashford/South Kent:

Kroner House,

Eurogate Business Park,

Ashford, Kent,

TN24 8XU
03000 41 56 48

Contact details for Online Safety in the Education Safeguarding Team

Rebecca Avery, Education Safeguarding Adviser (Online Protection):

Ashley Assiter, e-Safety Development Officer

03000 415797

esafetyofficer@kent.gov.uk(non-urgent issues only)

 

Contact details for the LADO

Telephone: 03000 410888 

Email: kentchildrenslado@kent.gov.uk

 

Childrens Social Work Services

Central Duty Team: 03000 411111

Out of Hours Number: 03000 419191

 

Kent Police

101 (or 999 if there is an immediate risk of harm)

 

Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB)

kscb@kent.gov.uk

03000 421126

Early HelpTeam

Email: earlyhelp@kent.gov.uk

Telephone: 03000 41 92 22

Ashford: 03000 41 03 05

 

  1. National Support

 

Support for staff

Education Support Partnership: www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk

Professional Online Safety Helpline: www.saferinternet.org.uk/helpline

 

Support for Pupils

NSPCC: www.nspcc.org.uk

ChildLine: www.childline.org.uk

Papyrus: www.papyrus-uk.org

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk

The Mix: www.themix.org.uk

 

Support for adults

Family Lives: www.familylives.org.uk

Crime Stoppers: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Victim Support: www.victimsupport.org.uk

Kidscape:www.kidscape.org.uk

The Samaritans: www.samaritans.org

Mind: www.mind.org.uk

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood): napac.org.uk

MOSAC: www.mosac.org.uk

Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

Support for Learning Disabilities

Respond: www.respond.org.uk

Mencap: www.mencap.org.uk

 

Domestic Abuse

Refuge: www.refuge.org.uk

Women’s Aid: www.womensaid.org.uk

Men’s Advice Line: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Mankind: www.mankindcounselling.org.uk

 

Honour based Violence

Forced Marriage Unit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage

 

Sexual Abuse and CSE

Lucy Faithfull Foundation: www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk

Stop it Now!: www.stopitnow.org.uk

Parents Protect: www.parentsprotect.co.uk

CEOP: www.ceop.police.uk

Marie Collins Foundation: www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF): www.iwf.org.uk

 

Online Safety

Childnet International: www.childnet.com

UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk

Parents Info: www.parentinfo.org

Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org

Net Aware: www.net-aware.org.uk

ParentPort:www.parentport.org.uk

Get safe Online: www.getsafeonline.org

 

Radicalisation and hate

Educate against Hate: www.educateagainsthate.com

Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit: www.gov.uk/report-terrorism

True Vision: www.report-it.org.uk

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