SAFEGUARDING – KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN SCHOOL
Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Chilton feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey.
Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: KATE LAW
Deputy Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: NATALIE BARROW
Nominated Chilton Governor responsible for Safeguarding /Child Protection: HANNAH CHESHIRE
Viking Academy Trust Safeguarding Lead: EMILY HOPKINS
Viking Academy Trust Safeguarding Governor Lead: JOANNA BRAND
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specfic children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
SAFEGUARDING / Child Protection Policy
Please click here to access our Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy.
Safeguarding Summary/Staff understanding - Quick overview
Please click here to obtain a basic overview on Safeguarding. The summary information acknowledges the key areas that all staff/volunteers are expected to have an understanding of. A series of key questions and answers are included which will inform a series of discussions with staff. It is this aspect (as reflected in KCSIE Sep 2016) where schools are expected to demonstrate and provide evidence that ‘mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their role and responsibilities’. Assessing and providing evidence that staff has understood key information/statutory guidance/procedures will be through:
- Online CPD/courses/training attendance
- Through daily practice
- Questions answered at various points in the year from a defined list. See Appendix A in the summary document
Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016
Please click here to access the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance above affirms (page 6) that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:
• the role of the designated safeguarding lead (See Annex B/Page 58)
It is imperative that all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (Have to read at least Part 1) and provide consent that they have done so (A register exists to determine this) Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
The Prevent Duty
As part of Chilton's ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government's Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
Chilton is committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of all our children and families. We build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. Click here to access Educate Against Hate website.
All our staff and governors have completed safeguarding and e-learning training developed by the National Counter Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ), in conjunction with the College of Policing which includes guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to being drawn into Terrorism, and how to refer them into the Channel process. Channel is a key process within the Prevent strategy for assessing individuals’ vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. It focuses on early intervention and diverting people away from risk.
Please click here to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE). Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information as well as our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy and British Values statement.
Referrals to Children's Social Care (First Access & Screeing Team - FAST)
Please click here to obtain further information on the referral process and the responsibilies of the school.
Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/headteacher
Please click here to access the policy. The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DFE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible.
Safeguarding Summary - Quick overview
Please click here to obtain a basic summary of safeguarding procedures/responsibilities at the school. This is particularly useful for short term staff/parent helpers or volunteers.
Online Training CPD (Safeguarding/Child Protection)
Staff can access a variety of online training courses here. The courses which are run by EduCare is an online safeguarding, duty of care/education law and guidance learning service.
Website link for login: https://login.educare.co.uk/participant-login
Day to Day safeguarding: Collection at the end of the school day
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 must be collected from their classroom doors by a known adult. We ask you to please make the class teacher aware if there will be a different adult than usual collecting your child. We will not release a child to an adult we have not been made aware of. Children attending after school club will gather and register in the school hall. The youngest children will be escorted to the hall for after school club by class based staff.
In Years 3 and 4, children may be met at the school gate by a parent. We must receive this permission in writing from parents please.
To reduce congestion along the back of the school, Year 3 and 4 children are taken to the Key Stage Two playground and dismissed to parents there. We appreciate parents and carers waiting on the playground for their children. In particularly inclement weather, children will be dismissed from classrooms.
Children in Year 5 and 6 will be dismissed from their classrooms. They can be met from the gate with written permission. They may also make their own way home, with written permission from parents. Without this, we will not dismiss children from school at the end of the day and will contact parents.
After School Procedure for Uncollected Children/children missing
Please click here to access the procedure for uncollected children/children missing/absent at the end of the day.