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Child Protection Policy






The Westcliffe and Priory Lane Federation









The governing body and staff of our federation fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection and safeguarding children.  We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm.




There are five main elements to our policy:





Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB)

Procedures for identifying and reporting cases or suspected cases of abuse.





Raising awareness of child protection issues and prevention through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils.





Support for pupils who may have been subject to abuse and neglect.





Safe recruitment practices.





Establishing a safe environment, including managing allegations.







At all times we will follow the procedures outlined in the North Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures and Guidance and will take account of any guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE) https//





The federation will ensure that:




  • There is a designated safeguarding lead of staff for child protection who has undertaken the LSCB Level 3 child protection training course and who will receive updated training every two years.


  • There is a deputy safeguarding lead in each school who will act in the designated safeguarding lead’s absence.


  • Every member of staff, volunteer and governor is aware of the name of the designated safeguarding lead responsible for child protection.


  • All staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and for referring any concerns to the designated teacher responsible for child protection.


  • All parents/carers have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the federation and staff for child protection by setting out its obligations in the federation prospectus.


  • All staff working with children are provided with updated child protection training/awareness every three years with regular updates in the interim from the Designated Safeguarding Lead.


  • Allegations against members of staff are promptly dealt with in accordance with the LSCB procedures.




The federation will review procedures in the light of updated guidance from the LSCB or the D of E




All new members of staff will be inducted on child protection procedures as part of their introduction to federation.



Awareness and Prevention




The designated safeguarding lead for child protection is responsible for:




  • Adhering to LSCB, DfE, or HM Government and federation procedures with regard to referring a child if there are concerns about possible abuse and neglect.


  • Keeping records of concerns about a child even if there is no need to make an immediate referral.


  • Ensuring records are kept secure and are kept confidential.


  • Ensuring that any child currently with a child protection plan who is absent without explanation for two days is referred to the Key Worker (the allocated, qualified social worker) assigned to the child.


  • Is a member of the Senior Management Team of the school




The Executive Headteacher is responsible for:




  • Implementing the policies and procedures adopted by the governing body and ensuring they are followed by all staff.


  • Ensuring that sufficient resources and time are allocated to enable the designated safeguarding lead person and other staff to discharge their responsibilities, including taking part in strategy discussions, child protection conferences, core group meetings, and in contributing to the assessment of the child’s needs.


  • Ensuring that all staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice in regard to children and such concerns are addressed sensitively and effectively in a timely manner in accordance with agreed whistle blowing policies.




The governing body is collectively responsible for those duties outlined in the ‘GB collective responsibilities for Child Protection’ section. This will include completion of the LA safeguarding and child protection audit.                     




We recognise that the federation plays a significant part in the prevention of harm to our pupils by providing pupils with good opportunities for communication with trusted adults, supportive friends and an ethos of protection and promoting the welfare of every pupil.





The federation community will:





Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to.








Ensure that all children know and can name an adult in their school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.  Develop Buddies / Peer Mentors who can support students in school to feel and be safe.











Provide opportunities in Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and any other relevant curriculum areas, for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse and neglect. This includes developing awareness of Electronic safety.




Support for Pupils who may have suffered abuse and neglect




We recognise that children who may have been subject to abuse or neglect or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth.  They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame.  When at school their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn.




The federation will support all pupils through:




  • The content of the curriculum which will encourage self-esteem and self-motivation.


  • The federation ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued.


  • The federation behaviour/ anti-bullying policy which also supports vulnerable pupils in school.  The federation will ensure that pupils know that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse and neglect which has occurred.


  • Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in safeguarding children.  The Early Help Model is implicit in the safeguarding work of the federation.


  • Making a referral to the Children Services Duty Team whenever abuse and neglect is known or suspected.




  • Ensuring that when a pupil on a child protection plan leaves the federation, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child’s named social worker is informed.



Safe Recruitment




Before staff are appointed, checks will be taken on identity, validity of qualifications, references, previous and employment history.  Disclosure and Barring Service checks are processed by Human Resources (HR). All records obtained during the selection process are copied to H.R. Service. The federation maintain personnel records with a safeguarding checklist on each file.


Federation maintain a central record of DBS checks for all staff detailing when they are due for renewal.




Employees will not start in posts until all checks are shown to be satisfactory. The federation copies to the HR team all documents relating to the recruitment of staff. The federation keeps staff files with a safe recruitment checklist in each one. H.R. is responsible for holding detailed files on each employee.



Establishing a Safe Environment




The federation will ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to provide and maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure. 


In addition our policy includes the following features:







We recognise that all matters relating to child protection are confidential.




The Executive Headteacher or designated safeguarding lead will disclose any information about a pupil to other members of staff on a need to know basis only.




All staff must be aware that they have a duty to co operate and a professional responsibility to share information with other agencies when it is necessary to safeguard and promote the welfare of a child.( Children’s Act 2004 section 11)




All staff must be aware that they must keep the welfare of the child at the centre of all they do, this would include that they cannot promise a child to keep secrets.



Supporting Staff




We recognise that staff working in the federation who have become involved with a child who has suffered abuse or neglect may find the situation stressful and upsetting.




We will support such staff by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with the designated senior lead and to seek further support as appropriate.



Physical Intervention




We acknowledge that staff must only ever use physical intervention as a last resort and that at all times it must be the minimal force necessary to prevent injury to another person. Physical restraint is in line with the training delivered as part of the LA’s agreed restraint approach ‘Team Teach’




We understand that physical intervention of a nature, which causes injury or distress to a child, may be considered under the managing allegations procedures contained within the LSCB guidance and procedures.







Our policy on anti bullying is set out in a separate policy and acknowledges that to allow or condone bullying may leave adults open to investigations under the LSCB procedures and guidance.







Our policy on diversity is set out in a separate policy and acknowledges that repeated incidents or a single serious incident may leave adults open to investigations under the LSCB procedures and guidance.




Confidentiality and Information sharing

The federation will follow the Information Sharing document [March 2015]


This policy was adopted on:  _____________________and minuted at the Governing Body Meeting of      __________________



Governing Body collective responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection


The governing body is responsible for completing the LA Safeguarding and Child Protection Audit each year.


  • The federation has a child protection policy and procedures in place that are in accordance with LSCB guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures, and the policy is made available to parents on request.


  • The federation operates safe recruitment procedures and makes sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers who will work with children, including Disclosure and Barring Service check.  All records obtained during the selection process are copied to H.R. Service. The federation maintain personnel records with a safeguarding checklist on each file. Safe recruitment practice means scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and any academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job, at a face to face interview. Prior to appointment a medical check will have been undertaken.


  • The federation has procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse and neglect against members of staff and volunteers that comply with guidance from the LSCB and locally agreed inter-agency procedures. 


  • The federation has a designated safeguarding lead who is a member of the federation’s leadership team who is responsible for dealing with child protection issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the LA, and working with other agencies.  The designated person need not be a teacher but must have the status and authority within the federation management structure to carry out the duties of the post including committing resources to child protection matters, and where appropriate directing other staff.  NB in many schools a single designated senior lead will be sufficient, but a deputy should be available to act in the designated person’s absence.  In large establishments, or those with a large number of child protection concerns, it may be necessary to have a number of deputies to deal with the workload.


  • In addition to basic child protection awareness training, the designated person undertakes training in inter-agency working that is provided by, or to standards agreed by, the LSCB, and refresher training at 2 yearly intervals to keep his/her knowledge and skills up to date.


  • The Executive Headteacher, and all other staff who work with children undertake appropriate training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively, which is kept up to date by refresher training at 3 yearly intervals and regular updates in the interim period. Temporary staff and volunteers who work with children are made aware of the federation’s arrangements for child protection and their responsibilities.


  • The governing body remedies any deficiencies or weaknesses in regard to child protection arrangements that are brought to its attention without delay.


  • A member of the governing body (usually the chair) is nominated to be responsible for liaising with the Designated Senior Officer and /or the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and/or partner agencies, as appropriate in the event of allegations of abuse being made against the Executive Headteacher.  Child protection is a collective responsibility for the governing body.  The key role of a nominated governor is limited to acting for the federation if an allegation is made against the Executive Headteacher.  Ideally that person should be the chair of governors.


  • The designated officer for Education is Peter Thorpe who can be contacted on 01724 297240.


  • The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is Nikki Alcock and can be contacted on 01724 298293

(names correct at time of publication)

  • The governing body reviews its policies and procedures annually (minuted) and provides information to the LA about them and about how the above duties have been discharged via the LSCB schools safeguarding audit.





Updated November 2015