This policy is underlined by the vision, values and aims of the school. Parents send their children to Castlewood each day with the expectation that a secure environment is provided in which their children can flourish. In order to provide this, a wide range of measures are in place:
To ensure that we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
- To raise awareness of the child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe
- To develop and then implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse
- To support pupils that have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan
- To establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
- We will follow procedures set out by West Sussex County Council and take account of any guidance issued by DfE with regard to Child Protection.
- We will ensure we have a Designated Senior person for child protection who has undertaken child protection training and who undertakes an update training day as recommended by the LA
- We will ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.
- We will ensure every member of staff, and the governing body knows the name of the senior designated person responsible for child protection and their role.
- We will ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
- We will ensure that the designated person contacts Social Care if there are concerns about a child.
- We will ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for child protection.
- We will ensure that the nominated social worker is notified immediately if there is an unexplained absence of a pupil who is on a child protection plan.
- We will inform Child Missing in Education team when a child is missing from education.
- We will develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences.
- We will keep written records of concern about children, even when there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
- We will ensure all records are kept securely and separate from the main pupil files and in a locked location.
- We will ensure that when a child moves school their child protection file/record is transferred to the named designated person in that new setting.
We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at school their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. The school will endeavour to support the child through-
- The content of the curriculum
- The school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives children a sense of being valued
- The school’s Behaviour Policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the school. The school will ensure that the child knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
- The implementation and reviewing of statutory policies that are relevant to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
- Liaison with other agencies that support the child such as social care, CAMHS, EWS and EP service.
- Ensuring that where a child with a child protection plan leaves the school, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child’s social worker is informed
- Recognizing that children come from multi-cultural backgrounds and as a result have developed policies to ensure that we embrace-
- Diversity in religion and faith
- Diversity of race
- Diversity of ethnicity
- Diversity of gender and sexual orientation
- The Disability Equality Duty
The premises Officer and staff keep under continual review our site security including fire safety, visitors and volunteers, visitors’ badges.
This is monitored closely and unexplained absences followed up swiftly. Any cases where pupils are being repeatedly being late or having attendance below 90% are followed up on a termly basis with parents.
Examples of additional policy documents which are all considered to be part of our procedures and systems designed to safeguard children:
- Anti-bullying Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Behaviour at work Policy
- Child Protection Policy
- Confidential Reporting Policy
- Drug Education Policy
- E learning Policy
- Extended Schools Policy
- Grievance Procedure
- Staff ICT Acceptable User Policy
- ICT Policy
- Management of Allegations against Staff Policy
- Misuse of Alcohol, Substances and SmokingPolicy
- Prevent audit
- Positive Handling Policy
- PSHE Policy
- Staff Handbook
- Sex and Relationship Policy
- Recording Policy
- Recruitment Policy