Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
We believe that each child will succeed through experiencing quality in:
- A broad and challenging curriculum
- An enriching programme of extra curricula activities and visits
- A stimulating learning environment, indoors and outside
- A rich, varied and up to date range of learning resources
- Innovative teaching and an investigate approach to learning
- An ethos of support, challenge and encouragement to succeed
- A learning Partnership between us, home and community
- A balanced nutritious family meal at lunchtimes to enable continued learning
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mrs C Banks 07827933089
Designated Strategic Lead for Prevent (SPOC): Mrs C Banks 07827933089
Designated Lead for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Mrs C Banks 07827933089
Designated Teacher for Looked After Children (CLA): Mrs W Durham
Nominated Trustee: Mrs Stacey Walsh
Head Teacher: Mrs C Banks 07827933089
Purpose of a Safeguarding Policy
The Academy safeguarding policy provides clear direction to staff and others about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. It makes explicit the academy’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.
Seaton Academy regards safeguarding children as an essential task of its entire staff.
The aim of this policy is to safeguard and promote our pupil’s welfare, safety, health and guidance by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. We will respond to emerging concerns and ensure that our children receive help and support as early as possible.
The pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance.
The main elements to our Safeguarding Policy are:-
- Preventing the impairment of children's health or development through the creation of a positive academy atmosphere.
- Protecting children from maltreatment by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns. Staff understand the difference between a 'concern' and 'immediate danger or risk of harm' and will respond accordingly.
- Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
- Taking appropriate action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
- Support to pupils and academy staff and to children who may have been abused.
- Preventing radicalisation through a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes community cohesion and pupil's spiritual, moral, cultural and mental development.
- Create an awareness of safety factors and develop critical thinking around the appropriate use of the internet and social media sites identifying where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact.
- Through relevant training, all adults working in our school make informed, timely and relevant decisions and take appropriate action to ensure all children are safe and have the best outcomes. Staff will identify emerging problems and liaise with the designated lead so children get help as early as possible in line with Cumbria's multiagency thresholds guidance.
- Ensuring staff are aware of CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and the appropriate procedures to follow.
Keeping Children Safe in Education states:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is 'everyone's responsibility'.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Academy staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating.
All Academy staff have a responsibility to:
- provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
- identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. All staff then have a responsibility to take appropriate action working with other services as necessary.
The policy applies to all who come into contact with children at Seaton Academy including:
- Supply teachers
- Teaching assistants
- Midday supervisors
- Adult helpers
If in doubt, any one with concerns should seek advice from the designated safeguarding lead Mrs Banks or contact Children’s Services directly on 0333 240 1727.
Seaton Academy recognise that high self esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all children, and especially those who are vulnerable, CLA (children looked after), SEND, at risk of, or suffering from abuse. The designated member of staff for CLA and SEND is Wendy Durham.
Seaton Academy will therefore:-
- Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel safe, secure and valued and are listened to in an open and positive atmosphere with a teaching and pastoral care environment which supports its pupils.
- Ensure that children know that there are adults in the academy who they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.
- Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PHSE/Citizenship which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse, promotes the fundamental British values, and which will help them develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life.
- Ensure that every effort will be made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies.
We do not operate in isolation. The welfare of the children is a corporate responsibility of the entire community, working in partnership with other public agencies, the voluntary sector and service users and carers. All local authority services have an impact on the lives of children and families, and local authorities have a particular responsibility towards children and families most at risk of social exclusion.
"Effective safeguarding is achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part."
(Working together to Safeguard Children 2018)
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults especially those working with children. The development of appropriate procedures and the monitoring of good practice are the responsibilities of Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) which consists of three local safeguarding partners: LA (Local Authority), CCG (Health) and COP (Police).
The Partnership represents and coordinates the work of statutory sector agencies and partners in the voluntary sector to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Cumbria.
Roles and Responsibilities
All Trustees and adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect children. The Education Act 2002 section 157 highlights a shared responsibility of all adults and Trustees to safeguard children. Seaton Academy has key personnel, the safeguarding team, with whom all safeguarding issues should be discussed – this is Mrs Banks your designated safeguarding lead and in her absence Mrs Wendy Durham and Mrs Deborah Midwood. A member of the safeguarding team is available at all times to discuss any concerns.
The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Designated Strategic Lead for Prevent (SPOC) and CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) - Mrs Christina Banks and in her absence the Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) Mrs Wendy Durham and Mrs Deborah Midwood
- The DSL/SPOC/CSE has knowledge and skills for recognising and acting upon safeguarding concerns.
- The DSL/SPOC/CSE plays a crucial role in acting as a source of expertise and advice to colleagues within academy.
- Takes responsibility for the co-ordination of action within academy
- Liaises with the Assistant Head teachers, Mrs Wendy Durham and Mrs Deborah Midwood, to inform them of any issues and ongoing investigations and ensure there is always cover for this role
- Have a working knowledge of how LSCB's work and ensure all staff know how to access the LSCB website and locate the referral form (Cumbria Safeguarding Hub Single contact form)
- Engages in inter agency liaison with Children’s Services and other units/agencies
- Ensures confidentiality through sharing information on a need to know basis
- Ensures information is stored separately from pupils academy/records file
- Ensures detailed written records of referrals and concerns
- Refers concerns from pupils who may have disappeared or whose transfer has raised concerns via the Children’s Missing Education officer - Janice Ogilvey on 01946 505558.
- Ensures the academy is represented or a report submitted to any CP conference called for children on the academy roll or previously known children.
- Ensures a child with a Child Protection Plan is supported and monitored regarding attendance, welfare and presentation.
- Ensures that Safeguarding is a standing agenda item every term and that training and other relevant issues are shared and reflected in the annual policy review.
- Ensure that all staff have induction training covering child protection and Prevent awareness, they receive Keeping Part 1 of Children Safe in Education, Sept 2019, Allegations management procedures and the Academies code of conduct (behaviour policy).
- Attend relevant training/refresher training within timescales appropriate to their role.
- Ensure all staff have undertaken The Prevent, Channel Basic Awareness Training.
Responsibilities of the Head teacher – Mrs Christina Banks
- To ensure the people who need to know the policy are given this information and have access to it.
- To ensure the policy is enacted out in academy and that staff/Trustees are appropriately trained.
- To ensure the safeguarding policy is current and given a high degree of priority at this academy.
- In conjunction with the Trustees ensure all staff sign a self-declaration form with regards to themselves and anyone living in the same household (Childcare Disqualification Regulations).
Please see Appendix 2, Role of the DSL - Annex B of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
Role of Trustees
- To assign a mandate of responsibility for Safeguarding to one of the Trustees. This is Mrs Stacey Walsh who is appropriately trained and promotes safeguarding in the academy alongside the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- To ensure the Safeguarding policy is reviewed and ratified annually
- To ensure that safeguarding procedures are in place and staff are trained appropriately.
- To report on Safeguarding at each meeting of the Trustees
- To regularly review their roles and responsibilities
- To undertake Level 1 training
- To understand their collective responsibility for safeguarding
- Have procedures in place for dealing with allegations of abuse.
- To ensure safer recruitment practice is adhered to at all times and that there is a minimum of two staff trained in the Academy.
- Appoint a designated teacher for Children who are looked after to promote their educational achievement and ensure appropriate training.
- To ensure appropriate procedures are in place for children missing education.
Additional information for Governors/Trustees is available in Part 2 & 3 of Keeping Children safe in Education 2019.
Where it is believed that a child is suffering from, or is at risk of, significant harm, we will follow the Safeguarding Procedures as stated on the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership website.
The procedures are set out on the CSCP website www.cumbrialscb.com and form part of our induction process.
If we believe a child is, or may be at risk, from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views advice will be sought from the Safeguarding Hub and if necessary Cumbria Police/Prevent Officer.
Staff, parents and trustees have constant access to this policy on the Seaton Academy web site.
The designated safeguarding lead will ensure through allocated staff meeting time/training days that:
- All staff are kept regularly informed about child protection procedures through training and discussion of updated information. They are aware of Cumbria's Early Help & Threshold Guidance (see Appendices 3 & 4).
- All staff know how to access the CSCP website and locate the referral form
- Parents will be kept informed of Academy responsibilities with regard to Safeguarding via our parents safeguarding leaflet. (Current version - September 2019)
- All staff have knowledge of the 4 categories of abuse: physical; sexual; emotional and neglect.
- All staff are aware that the Children Act 2004 recognises that there is a difference between child support, s17 and child safety, s47.
Induction, Training and Support
The academy will ensure that when new staff, students, volunteers or regular visitors join our school they will be informed of the safeguarding arrangements in place. They will be given a copy of our school’s safeguarding policy and told who the Designated Safeguarding Lead is. They will also be provided with the Safeguarding Concern Form and given information on how to complete it, who to pass it to and discuss it with, should they have a safeguarding concern.
Every new member of staff will have an induction period that will include the sharing of essential safeguarding information. At induction, all staff will be introduced to the Designated Safeguarding Lead and their role, provided with a copy of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education: information for all school and college staff’ Part 1 (September 2019), the child protection policy and a copy of the schools staff behaviour policy (code of conduct) and the Allegations/Designated Officer (DO) flowchart – Appendix 5. They will also read and discuss the Behaviour and CME (Children Missing Education) policies.
Our academy will ensure that the Head Teacher, the senior designated staff and assigned Trustee attend training relevant to their role.
All staff, paid and unpaid, will have access to Safeguarding training, which is relevant and appropriate to their role. This will include training in procedures to follow, signs to note and appropriate record keeping.
A record of all staff training and refresher dates, which are compliant with recommended timescales are kept on the Training Table in the Health and Safety folder on the server. These should be regularly reviewed alongside the policy. These are 1 year for all staff at Level 1 and for the DSL and designated staff formal training every 2 years for Level 2 with annual refreshers and updates to enable them to have the knowledge and skills to undertake their role. the designated staff will be trained the same to Level 3.
A record of staff who have undertaken Safer Recruitment training in line with Bichard recommendation 17, (mandatory from Jan 2010) is kept on the staff Training Table with refresher dates.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 states that schools may choose appropriate training that covers the content of this guidance. All interview Panels have at least one member with this training.
Members of staff with this qualification are:
Christina Banks – dated 08.03.17
Wendy Durham - dated 04.12.19
Deborah Midwood - dated 04.12.19
Richard Norman - dated 04.12.19
Confidentiality is an issue which needs to be discussed and fully understood by all those working with children, particularly in the context of Safeguarding. The only purpose of confidentiality in this respect is to benefit the child as reflected in Part 1 of the Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019.
Information will be disclosed on a ‘need to know basis’ which will be the Head, designated safeguarding lead, class teacher and Cumbria Safeguarding Hub if a referral is necessary.
Under no circumstances if a child discloses any kind of abuse should any member of staff guarantee confidentiality to the child. This information should be shared with the designated safeguarding lead or Head immediately.
If a child discloses any kind of abuse, the teacher/member of staff should only seek initial clarification from the child – tact and sympathy is vital. Under no circumstances should any member of staff attempt to obtain further information or to investigate what the child is saying or guarantee confidentiality to the child.
Professionals can only work together to safeguard children if there is an exchange of relevant information between them. The law permits the disclosure of confidential information necessary to safeguard a child or children.
Records and Monitoring
‘Well kept records are essential to good child protection practice. Our academy is clear about the need to record any concerns held about a child or children within our academy, the status of such records and when these records should be passed over to other agencies.’
These notes are confidential and need to be kept separate to the child’s file. All concerns are logged on CPOMS a secure software application for monitoring child protection and safeguarding. Any hard copies are kept in a locked cupboard, which is located in the Head's office.
If a child transfers or leaves the records should be passed from designated safeguarding lead to designated safeguarding lead.
If staff have any concerns they must inform the designated safeguarding lead - Mrs Banks immediately.
The teacher must make a log of the incident on the Academy form, either Initial/Early Concerns or Significent Concerns, which will also be counter signed and transferred on to CPOMS by the DSL which includes:
- Childs full name
- Sex and date of birth
- Parent/s and guardian/s names
- Known aliases
- Contact addresses and telephone numbers during academy hours
- Name of teacher making the referral/making the comment
- Nature of injury (if any)
- Grounds for suspicion
- Action taken, including dates, times and signature
*A chronology will be implemented and maintained for any child/children whose concerns warrant additional monitoring and oversight by the DSL/Safeguarding Team.
Attendance at Child Protection Conferences
It is the responsibility of the DSL to ensure the academy is represented by the most relevant person and a report submitted to any child protection conference called for children on their academy roll or previously known to them.
Case conferences and core groups will be held on all children who are felt to be at risk and require a Child Protection Plan. Seaton Academy are committed to working with other agencies to support any child subject to a Child Protection Plan or who are vulnerable. The safeguarding team will offer appropriate support/supervision to staff involved in these cases or who work with complex or challenging cases.
Cover arrangements (outside of school/term time hours) will be agreed on need basis by the HEAD/DSL.
Supporting Pupils at Risk
‘Our academy recognises that children who are abused or who witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth and to view the world in a positive way. The academy may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. Whilst at the academy their behaviour may be challenging and defiant and they may display behaviour that warrants sanctions and possible exclusion from the academy. However, wherever possible it is vital that all attempts to support and safeguard the child in school are considered and appropriate external, specialist advice sought from Children’s Services.
It is also recognised that some children who have experienced abuse may in turn abuse others. This requires a considered, sensitive approach in order that the child can receive appropriate help and support in accordance with his/her child protection plan. Our Academy will act to support vulnerable groups/children in need, including children who are disadvantaged, have SEN, are disabled or Looked After.
Our Designated Teacher for Children Looked After is: Mrs Wendy Durham as reflected on the cover of this policy, they will work with the virtual head ensuring that their needs are met and have the relevant training to enable them to carry out this role.
Our staff have an awareness of the current specific safeguarding issues as highlighted in Annex A in Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2019.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse where children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. It can involve violent, humiliating and degrading sexual assaults. In some cases, young people are persuaded or forced into exchanging sexual activity for money, drugs, gifts, affection or status. Consent cannot be given, even where a child may believe they are voluntarily engaging in sexual activity with the person who is exploiting them. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact and can happen online. A significant number of children who are victims of sexual exploitation go missing from home, care and education at some point.
Sexual violence and sexual harassment
Sexual violence and sexual harassment can occur between two children of any age and sex. It can also occur through a group of children sexually assaulting or sexually harassing a single child or group of children. It can occur online and offline (both physical and verbal) and are never acceptable. Seaton Academy staff are aware that some groups are potentially more at risk. Evidence shows girls, children with SEND and LGBT children are at greater risk.
Seaton Academy staff are aware of the importance of:
- taking all victims seriously and offering appropriate support
- making clear that sexual violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable, will never be tolerated and is not an inevitable part of growing up;
- not tolerating or dismissing sexual violence or sexual harassment as “banter”, “part of growing up”, “just having a laugh” or “boys being boys”; and
- challenging behaviours such as grabbing bottoms, genitalia and lifting up skirts. Dismissing or tolerating such behaviours risks normalising them.
Children Missing Education (CME)
A child going missing from education is a potential indicator of abuse or neglect. We have procedures in place for Children Missing Education and who to contact as outlined in the Children’s Services Access and Inclusion, Missing Pupil Procedure (Hard copy to be found in the safeguarding folder). All staff will inform the DSL if they have any concerns about a child’s attendance. Our school Attendance Procedure requires all children are accounted for by 10:00 or a home visit is initiated with at least two emergency contacts being held for each child.
Child criminal exploitation: county lines
Criminal exploitation of children is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines criminal activity: drug networks or gangs groom and exploit children to carry drugs and money from urban areas to suburban and rural areas, market and seaside towns. Seaton Academy staff are aware that potential involvement in county lines are missing episodes, when the victim may have been trafficked for the purpose of transporting drugs. Concerns should be reported to the DSL where referral to the National Mechanism will be considered.
Being homeless or being at risk of becoming homeless can present a real risk to a child’s welfare. The DSL and DDSL are aware of contact details and referral routes within the Local Housing Authority in order to raise concerns at the earliest opportunity. Indicators that a family could be at risk of homelessness include household debt, rent arrears, domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour, as well as the family being asked to leave a property. Seaton Academy DSL will refer/discuss concerns with the Local Housing Authority which will be progressed as appropriate, and in accordance with local procedures. This will not replace a referral into children’s social care where a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
Children and the court system
Seaton Academy are aware that children are sometimes required to give evidence in criminal courts, either for crimes committed against them or for crimes they have witnessed. There is an appropriate guide to support them explaining each step of the process outlining support and special measures that are available. Diagrams are included which illustrate the courtroom structure and the use of video links is also explained.
Making child arrangements through the family courts following separation can be stressful and entrench conflict in families. This can be stressful for children. An online child arrangements information tool has been launched with clear and concise information on the dispute resolution service. This may be useful for some parents and carers.
Children with family members in prison
Academy staff are aware that children who have a parent sent to prison are at risk of poor outcomes including poverty, stigma, isolation and poor mental health. In order to help mitigate negative consequences for those children staff have access to NICCO to provide information designed to support professionals working with offenders and their children.
The definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
- financial; and
Seaton Academy staff are aware that exposure to domestic abuse and/or violence can have a serious, long lasting emotional and psychological impact on children. In some cases, a child may blame themselves for the abuse or may have had to leave the family home as a result. Staff access appropriate advice in order to help those who are affected by domestic abuse and violence.
Our school will assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology by working in partnership with other agencies and Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership. We have robust IT policies in place and our Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputies have all undertaken Channel awareness training and will access any other training necessary when available.
Our curriculum promotes British Values and freedoms of expression, encouraging children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and provide them with opportunities to talk about their opinions and feelings.
When accessing the internet within school Seaton Academy will ensure that suitable filtering is in place.
Seaton Academy has an important role to play in equipping children to stay safe online, both in school and outside. Internet safety is integral to the IT curriculum.
As with other online risks of harm, every teacher is aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist groups.
So-called ‘honour based’ violence (HBV)
So called ‘honour-based’ violence (HBV) encompasses crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or the community, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, and practices such as breast ironing.
All forms of so called HBV are abuse (regardless of the motivation) and should be handled and escalated as such. If in any doubt, staff should speak to the designated safeguarding lead.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is aware of the guidance that is available in respect of female genital mutilation (FGM) and is vigilant to the risk of it being practised. School staff are also aware of possible signs that a child has been subject to female genital mutilation or is at risk of being abused through it. Teachers understand the mandatory duty to report known cases of FGM to the police. A copy of the multi-agency practice guidance can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multi-agency-statutory-guidance-on-female-genital-mutilation
Peer on Peer abuse
All staff should be aware safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer abuse where children can abuse other children. This is most likely to include, but not limited to: bullying (including cyber bullying), gender based violence/sexual assaults, sexual harassment, upskirting, hazing and sexting. Our Academy does not tolerate any type of peer on peer abuse and all concerns should be reported to the DSL.
Action will be taken to ensure that any form of abuse or harmful behaviour is dealt with immediately, consistently and sensitively to reduce the extent of harm with full consideration taken to the impact on the child’s emotional, mental health and well-being.
- If there is risk of significant harm then advice will be sought from Cumbria Safeguarding Hub.
- Incidents relating to cyber bullying will be reported to the police.
- Where there is no risk of significant harm parents of all the children concerned will be contacted and informed of the abuse.
Risk of peer on peer abuse is minimised through the strong and positive PHSE/SMSC curriculum where children have opportunities to talk openly about any issues that concern them.
Children staying with host families (homestay)
Schools can make arrangements for children to have learning experiences where, for short periods, the children may be provided with care and accommodation by a host family to whom they are not related. In some circumstances, where children stay with UK families this could amount to “private fostering” under the Children Act 1989. If such an arrangement comes to the attention of school staff Seaton Academy will alert the local authority.
Private fostering occurs when a child under the age of 16 (under 18, if disabled) is provided with care and accommodation by a person who is not a parent, person with parental responsibility for them or a relative in their own home. A child is not privately fostered if the person caring for and accommodating them has done so for less than 28 days and does not intend to do so for longer.
If such an arrangement comes to the attention of school staff Seaton Academy will notify the local authority in order for them to check the arrangement is suitable and safe for the child.
Early Help is the response made when Seaton Academy identifies unmet needs with a child/family and works with other agencies to meet those needs. An Early Help Assessment (EHA) will be completed with the child and family to identify, what is working well, what the worries are and what wellbeing and success would look like. A clear plan will then be developed by the agencies with the family.
To contact the Early Help Team: Telephone 03003 033896 or email email@example.com
Early Help Assessment Process for Domestic Abuse: Appendix 7
Early Help Assessment Process for Unmet Needs: Appendix 8
Seaton Academy will endeavour to support pupils through:
- The curriculum to encourage self-esteem and self-motivation
- Safe access to the internet ensuring appropriate filters and monitoring systems are in place to protect learners from harmful materials
- The academy ethos, which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment
- Implementation of behaviour management plans
- A consistent approach, which recognises and separates the cause of behaviour from that which the child displays. This is vital to ensure that all children are supported within the academy setting.
- Regular liaison with other professionals and agencies that support the pupils and their families
- A commitment to develop productive, supportive relationships with parents, whenever it is in the child’s interest to do so.
- The development and support of a responsive and knowledgeable staff group trained to respond appropriately in child protection and safeguarding situations
- Creating an ‘open environment’ where students feel comfortable and safe to discuss any problems they are facing
This policy should be read in conjunction with other related policies within the academy
- Health and Safety/Risk Assessments/First Aid/Administration of Medicine
- Behaviour, discipline and Anti-Bullying Policy
- Positive Handling, Support and Physical Intervention Policy
- Prevent Duty
- Special Education Needs
- Safer Recruitment and Selection Policy
- Sex and Relationship
- Children missing education
- Computing, ICT and Internet, E-Safety
- Intimate care
- Staff Code of Conduct/safer Working Practice Guidance
- Home school agreements / Images of children
- Whistle blowing
- Single Equality Plan and Equality Objectives
- Use of school premises
- Visitor's Policy and Visiting Speakers Agreement
We recognise that, statistically, children with SEN, behavioural difficulties and disabilities are most vulnerable to abuse. Academy staff who work, in any capacity from Early Help to children with profound and multiple disabilities, sensory impairment and/or emotional and behaviour problems will need to be particularly sensitive to signs of abuse and how they can communicate and keep them safe.
It must also be stressed that in a home environment where there is domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, mental health issues, children may also be vulnerable and in need of support or protection.
Safe Academy: Safe Staff
Seaton Academy has an accurate Single Central Record which is in line with Ofsted and Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019 guidance. Relevant checks are undertaken including enhanced DBS checks for all adults who regularly visit the Academy.
All staff must have their references verified and a completed Enhanced DBS check before they commence any work with children. This information should then be entered, dated and signed (using full name) as correct on the Single Central Record.
Volunteers and parents who only accompany staff and children on one off outings or trips that do not involve overnight stays, or who help at specific one off events such as sports day, do not require a CRB/DBS check, but must NEVER be given unsupervised access to children. A risk assessment will be carried out for each event to determine if a CRB/DBS check is required.
An enhanced CRB/DBS MUST be completed for ALL Trustees and also for volunteers when their volunteering is regular and involves contact with children.
Temporary staff and volunteers who work with children will be made aware of the academy’s arrangements for safeguarding and their responsibilities through receipt of both the Safeguarding and Code of Conduct leaflet and relevant documentation before commencement of placement. Seaton Academy adheres to the safer working practices documented in the Safer Working Guidance which can be found in our Health and Safety Induction for New Staff.
Where services or activities are provided separately by another body using the academy premises, the Trustees will seek assurance that the body concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to safeguarding children and child protection.
The Safeguarding Policy can be accessed on the school website www.seatonacademy.co.uk in Policies.
Cumbria's Safeguarding Hub Single Contact Form
This form should be used following a consultation with the duty social worker in Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on Tel: 0333 240 1727 where an assessment of the situation identifies that a referral to Children’s Services Social Care is necessary to safeguard or protect the welfare of the child.
If concerns arise the Duty Social Worker will be able to check whether any child is ‘subject to a Child Protection Plan’.
If a referral is going to be made upon advice this should be discussed with parents unless it concerns:
- Fabricated / induced illness
- Or by discussing the referral it could place the child at further risk of significant harm.
Where it is considered immediate protective action is required the DSL and/or the staff member with the information must make a referral to Children’s Services Social Care. This referral may initially be by telephone to the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, but must be followed up using the online referral form within 48 hours.
The online form requires mandatory fields to be completed before you can submit your contact.
Please note: the current form will time out after one hour of inactivity and any information will be lost.
You can complete the online contact form at:
See also, Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) website www.cumbrialscb.com ‘Quick Links’ – Concerned about a child or young person.
NB: If a child makes an allegation of abuse, it must be reported immediately to the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub through the procedures indicated.
This form should then be sent to: Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, Children’s Services, Skirsgill Depot, Penrith, CA10 2BQ
Tel: 0333 240 1727.
Children’s Services Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) Tel: 0333 240 1727
Postal Address: Children’s Services, Skirsgill Depot, Penrith, CA10 2BQ.
Calls during office hours between 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4:30pm Friday will go direct to the Hub. Emergency calls during evenings and weekends will be answered by the emergency duty team that can be contacted on the same number.
In case of any difficulty please also check the CSCP website.
It is the responsibility of the DSL to inform the Children’s Services department. If the DSL does not do this and the member of staff who had made the initial referral remains concerned, then they need to exercise their own judgement and either push for reconsideration or make the referral to the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub themselves.
Procedures to follow if a member of staff is concerned about the welfare or safety of a child
Concerns should initially be discussed with the DSL or Safeguarding Team who will follow the procedures laid out above - See also Appendix 4 Contacting Cumbria Safeguarding Hub
If the concern relates to CSE then the Child Sexual Exploitation Pathway will be followed (Appendix 1)
Procedures to follow when the Safeguarding Designated Person is notified of the concern about the welfare or safety of a child
These procedures are laid out above and in Appendix 4, Contacting Cumbria Safeguarding Hub
Procedures for CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) are in Appendix 1.
If the concern relates to radicalisation or exposure to extremist views advice should be sought from the Safeguarding Hub and if necessary the Cumbria Police/Prevent Officer.
- Cumbria Police: Dial 101 or in an emergency 999
- Prevent officer: PC Paul Burke 793: If urgent telephone 0330 1240791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If the Head, Mrs Wendy Durham or Mrs Deborah Midwood is not available the above procedures should be followed and the Head notified immediately on the following number:
C. Banks 07827933089
Procedures to follow if an allegation is made against a member of staff
The Allegation against Teaching/Non Teaching staff procedure, will be followed at all times (Appendix 5) in line with Cumbria’s Allegation process. All staff are provided with the allegations flowchart at induction and at Level 1 training.
If the allegation is against a member of staff or volunteer the Headteacher will contact the DO for advice. If the allegation is against the Headteacher then the Trustee Chair or in their absence the vice chair will contact the DO direct for advice in line with the allegation process. (Appendix 5)
To speak to a DO for advice the Multi-Agency Business Support Team should be contacted on: 01768 812090 where details will be taken and a DO will return your call.
To report a concern to a DO the Allegation Notification Form from the LSCB website should be used:
Return completed forms using any of the following methods:-
Telephone: 03003 033892 Email: LADO@cumbria.gov.uk
Post: LADO, Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, Skirsgill Depot, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2BQ
If you are worried that a child is at risk of immediate harm or you cannot get through to the DO contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on: 0333 240 1727 (24 hours)
DO working hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
The Academy has a legal duty to refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service anyone who has harmed or poses a risk of harm to a child or if there is a 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 Academy a referral will be made as soon as possible after the resignation or removal of the individual in accordance with advice from the LADO.
We have a Whistle blowing policy in the Academy but if staff feel unable to raise an issue with the head or Trustee Chair or feels that their genuine concerns are not being addressed, other whistleblowing channels may be open to them.
The NSPCC Whistleblowing helpline is available for staff who do not feel able to raise concerns regarding child protection failures internally.
Staff can call: 0800 028 0285 – line is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
The use of mobile phones/cameras and other recording devices
The use of personal mobile phones is restricted to staff breaks. Personal mobile phones must be switched off at other times.
All staff are fully aware of the need to be vigilant about how all images are taken, used and stored. Photographs should not be taken on personal equipment (including mobile phones) Each class has recording equipment provided specifically for this purpose.
Images are transferred from the devices onto the secure school server and are then deleted from the devices. No photographs/video clips are used beyond what is in normal school expectations e.g. website, local newspapers.
All parents/carers sign to either give, or decline, permission for images videos of their child to be taken as they start the academy and all staff are aware of these decisions.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding, all children, regardless of when they start Seaton Academy receives a home visit. This will be carried out in pairs by the child's new teacher and a teaching assistant. Details of who is completing the visit, the address of the property and the time are left with the office. Staff take the school mobile phones for emergency contact.
Any early help or safeguarding concerns which are evident are acted on and logged according to Academy procedures.
This policy is effective from:-November 2018
This policy will be updated regularly with any changes communicated to all adults in the Academy with a formal review at least annually (November 2019)
Appendix 2 – Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead: Annex B of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.