St Luke's School is committed to helping children achieve good outcomes by providing a safe learning environment and to enable them to access all available services to achieve the most of their life chances. This document should be read in conjunction with the Education Department’s Child Protection Policy and the Safeguarding Partnership Board Interagency Child Protection Procedures.
We ensure that arrangements are in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils by:
• Providing a safe, healthy learning environment that allows them to develop to their full potential
• Identifying children who are suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm, taking appropriate action to safeguard their welfare, particularly those pupils who are most disadvantaged, with the aim of ensuring they are kept safe at home and school
• Providing pupils with opportunities to discuss issues and report problems affecting their safety and welfare
• Ensuring safe recruitment practices
• Ensuring robust procedures for recognition and referral where there are welfare or child protection concerns
• Monitoring and supporting pupils who are subject to child protection plans and contributing to the implementation of their plan
• Raising awareness amongst staff of child protection issues and ensuring staff are equipped to deal with concerns
• Teaching children to keep themselves safe and ensuring they know who to approach for help
• Promoting partnership working with parents/carers and professionals
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St Luke’s School Safeguarding Procedures
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Adam Turner, Kath Hepworth
Deputy DSL’s: Melissa Bateman, Amber Coupland, Emily-Rose Kimber
System used to log safeguarding concerns: My Concern. This is an online system that all members of school log into to report concerns. When the concern has been reported, the DSL’s receive an email and then log in to review the concern and action anything that is required.
System used to log safeguarding concern if it involves a member of staff or their child in the school: White safeguarding form system, given straight to Adam Turner. These forms are kept in each classroom.
Policies: We use the St Luke’s Safeguarding Policy, child protection policy and the Whistleblowing Policy. We have a Intimate Care Policy for children who require support with toileting. The parents of these children are asked to read and sign this policy.
Training: All staff received an annual refresher delivered at the beginning of the academic year. This training session recapped the following:
- What safeguarding is, why it is important and whose responsibility it is.
- We will discuss the 4 main types of abuse.
- We will know how to spot the signs of abuse.
- We will know what to do if we have a safeguarding concern.
All staff were required to read and sign to say they have read Keeping Children Safe in Education and the Whistleblowing policy at the beginning of the academic year.
During the course of the year Adam and Kath will complete a safeguarding audit of knowledge so we can train all staff in areas of safeguarding that they feel less confident with.
Safer Recruitment: Adam Turner and Kath Hepworth have all completed the Safer Recruitment training and therefore one or more of these members of staff are always presents in interviews. During interviews, safeguarding questions are asked usually in the format of a scenario.
Visibility: Throughout the school site the are safeguarding posters which indicate who to report safeguarding concerns too. All staff where blue lanyards, all DBS checked adults wear green lanyards and all visitors (without dbs) wear red lanyards.
Visitors: We have a robust DBS procedure in place. The office staff take photocopies of DBS’s and photo ID. All visitors sign in at the office and where ID’s around the school site. Regular volunteers have an initial meeting with Kath Hepworth.
Monitoring: Mobile phones usage is monitored carefully. DSL’s complete random mobile phone audits and records of such audits are kept in the safeguarding file. All children who bring a mobile phone into school must hand their mobiles phones in at the beginning of the school day to the school office.
Forms: Every staff member has access to pink and white recording sheets in their desk, as well as weekly monitoring forms to use as and when required.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): When necessary we refer safeguarding concerns to the MASH team. We do this either over the phone or using the online form. If it is urgent we use the phone method. If our concern linked in any way to FGM, we would ring the policy immediately. Parents are informed when we make a referral to the MASH team unless we feel this would knowledge would put the child at further risk of harm.