Safeguarding is our core business
We will follow the All Wales Child Protection Procedures that have been endorsed by the Regional Safeguarding Children Board.
The school will:
- ensure it has a Designated Senior Person for child protection who has undertaken appropriate training. The people are, Mr David Roe (Acting Headteacher), Mrs Karen Bennett & Mr Mark McComas (SLT), Designated Governor with Child Protection responsibility, Mr J Nicholds.
- recognise the role of the Designated Senior Person and arrange support and training. http://gov.wales/docs/dcells/publications/150114-keeping-learnerssafe.pdf
ensure every member of staff and every governor knows:
- the name of the Designated Senior Person and their role and the designated governor for child protection
- that they have an individual responsibility for referring child protection concerns using the proper channels and within the timescales agreed with the Local Safeguarding Children Board
- how to take forward those concerns where the Designated Senior Person is unavailable.
- ensure that members of staff are aware of the need to be alert to signs of abuse and know how to respond to a pupil who may disclose abuse Prevention Procedures
- ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for child protection
- ensure all staff undertake any agreed local authority child protection training relevant to their role
provide a child protection briefing at least termly for all staff so that they know:
- their personal responsibility
- the agreed local procedures
- the need to be vigilant in identifying cases of abuse
- how to support a child who discloses abuse
- any new child protection issues or changes in procedures n
notify local social services if:
- a pupil on the child protection register is excluded either for a fixed term or permanently
- if there is an unexplained absence of a pupil on the child protection register of more than two days duration from school (or one day following a weekend)
- work to develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters; including attendance at strategy meetings, initial/review child protection conferences and core group together with the submission of written reports to the conferences.
- keep written records of concerns about children (noting the date, event and action taken), even where there is no need to refer the matter to social services immediately
- ensure all records are kept secure and in locked locations
- adhere to the procedures set out in the Welsh Government circular http://learning.gov.wales/docs/learningwales/publications/140410-safeguardingchildren-in-education-en.pdf
- ensure that recruitment and selection procedures are made in accordance with Welsh Government guidance ‘Keeping Learners Safe’ http://gov.wales/docs/dcells/publications/150114-keeping-learners-safe.pdf
- designate a governor for child protection who will oversee the school child protection policy and practice.