SCHOOL – CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

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					Plasnewydd Primary School                 Child Protection Policy



            Plasnewydd Primary School

           SCHOOL – CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

                SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN IS A CONCERN
                      FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL




A safe child:

       is valued                        has self-esteem

       is self-confident                has the skills and knowledge
                                        to protect themselves

A safe child knows:

       ‘I have the right to be safe‟.
       „I have rights over my body‟.
       „It‟s ok to say no‟.
        How to be assertive.

A safe child understands:

       The difference between good and bad secrets.
       What might be a potentially dangerous situation.
       Who can help or be trusted.
       The difference between appropriate and inappropriate
       touches.

A safe child is able to:

       Trust, recognise and express their feelings.
       Solve problems.
       Make judgements.
       Make decisions.
       Be assertive.

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A WHOLE SCHOOL POLICY ON CHILD PROTECTION



The purpose of a child protection policy is:

 To create an ethos within the school which helps children to feel secure
  and able to talk freely, in the belief that they will be listened to and that
  their point of view will be valued.

 To raise the awareness of all staff about their responsibility to identify and
  report possible cases of abuse.

 To provide a systematic means of monitoring children thought to be at risk.

 To provide suitable support and guidance to staff so that children have a
  range of adults whom they feel confident to approach if they are in
  difficulty.

 To develop a structured internal procedure to be followed by all members
  of the school community in cases of suspected abuse.

 To promote good communication between staff over concerns about
  children and young people.



The statutory basis of a child protection policy

The work of the school in child protection is governed by a collection of
documents, circulars and guides to good practice. These are:

 Working Together under the Children Act (Revised 2001 – N.A.W.G.)

 Welsh Office Circular 52/95 Protecting Children from Abuse: the role of
  the Education Service.

 The All Wales Child Protection Procedures

 The Framework for the Assessment of Children In Need and Their
  Families.

 L.E.A. pack “The Umbrella of Safety”




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The two major elements involved in a whole school child
protection policy:

 The effective prevention of harm by helping pupils and students to
  acquire the relevant information, skills and attitudes both to resist harm in
  their own lives and to prepare them for the responsibilities of their adult
  lives, including parenthood.

 The effective management of suspicions of significant harm to children
  and subsequent referrals.


The Role of the Liaison Teacher

 The Liaison Teacher for Child Protection shall ensure that she/he is fully
  conversant with the ACPC Child Protection Procedures and will co-
  ordinate action on child abuse within school, ensuring that all staff are
  aware of their own responsibilities in relation to child protection.

 She/he is responsible for referring individual cases of suspected abuse to
  the social services department, and for liaising with the social services
  department and other agencies on these and other general issues relating
  to child protection.

 She/he has responsibility to participate in training on all aspects of child
  protection within the school and acts as a point of reference on child
  protection issues for other staff.

 She/he will ensure that the school is represented at child protection
  conferences and a written report is prepared.

 She/he will also ensure that any recommendations made by the
  conference, which involve school staff, are carried out as agreed at the
  conference.

 Should the alleged perpetrator of abuse be a member of staff, the
  Headteacher will consult Mr. G. Avery, Assistant Director in line with LEA
  guidelines. Tel. No. 01656 622611

Working with other agencies

We recognise that we are an agent of referral and not of investigation. We
fully accept that the investigation of child abuse is the responsibility of the
social services department and the police and will do everything possible to
support and assist them in their task.




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We will endeavour to build relationships with other agencies so that
understanding, trust and confidence can be built which will help to secure
effective co-operation in cases of actual or suspected abuse.



Record Keeping

 Any member of staff receiving a disclosure of abuse from a child or young
  person, or noticing signs or symptoms of possible abuse in a child or
  young person, will make notes as soon as possible (e.g. within an hour),
  writing down as exactly as possible, what was said or seen, putting the
  scene into context, and giving the time and location. Dates and times of
  events should be recorded as accurately as possible, together with a note
  of when the record was made. This should be signed and dated and given
  to the liaison teacher.

 All records of a child protection nature should be handed to the Liaison
  Teacher and will be kept securely by him/her. Access to these records is
  on a „need to know‟ basis and decisions about access will be made by the
  Liaison Teacher.

 All hand written notes will be kept, even if they are subsequently typed up
  in a more formal report.

 When a child who is on the Child Protection Register leaves the school the
  Liaison Teacher will inform the child‟s new school immediately and discuss
  with the child‟s key worker the transfer of any confidential information the
  school may hold.


Support for children/staff/families

 For any child undergoing a child protection referral and investigation, the
  need for support will be great and quite often such support will be limited
  to what the school can offer. The school has a statutory responsibility to
  work with children on a daily basis and, despite heavy workloads and
  limited resources, we aim to meet their needs for support whenever
  possible. We aim at least to provide a secure classroom environment in
  which the child feels valued and protected.

 The liaison teacher will make himself/herself available to discuss individual
  children or situations with concerned members of staff whenever
  necessary.

 The school will offer support, where possible, to the family of a child or
  children involved in a child protection investigation, within the time and
  expertise constraints of its role and always remembering the limits of
  confidentiality on all members of staff and the fact that it is the welfare of
  the child that is paramount.


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                 Staff awareness of what child harm is

                  Through training
                  Reading „The A.C.P.C. & L.E.A. Guidelines‟.




  Support for victim,                                      Familiarity with Area
  staff and parents                                        Guidelines and
                                                           Procedures
  Staff in school may
  be identified as key                                     Staff should be aware
  people in providing                                      of the location of this
  multi-disciplinary                                       document and familiar
  support for children       EFFECTIVE                     with the need for a
  and families.             MANAGEMENT                     multi disciplinary
                                                           approach to the
  Staff also need                                          management of child
  support to                                               protection.
  understand their
  own feelings and
  anxieties.



Liaison with other agencies                  Clear Communication and
                                             procedures within school to
Working together with professionals          cover:
in other agencies is essential for the
effective management of child                 Monitoring (when and how)
protection.
                                              Record-keeping (how and when,
                                               storage)
Effective communication with other
agencies needs to be promoted.                Handling disclosures and
                                               sensitive issues.

                                              Confidentiality
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                                             N.B. All staff need to be aware of
                                             these.
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   Classroom                         Caring school ethos
   Management
                                          One which actively promotes the
   Which encourages                        self-esteem of the individual.
   independence,
   self-confidence                        One which has a child centred
   and assertiveness                       philosophy.


                                                               Clear policies for:
   A curriculum                                                   Sex education.
   Which offers                                                   Health education.
   opportunities to discuss:

                                  EFFECTIVE                       Equal
      Emotions                                                    opportunities.
                                 PREVENTION
      Relationships                                              Behaviour/bullying
                               (creating safe children)
      Good and bad
       secrets                   depends upon
      Safe & unsafe
       touches

      Bullying                                                         Respect for
                                                                        the child’s:
      Assertiveness
                                                                           Colour
    Parenting with: (older          A curriculum
   Good links skills
     children)                                                             Gender
                                     Which offers
      Parents or carers;            opportunities to:
                                                                           Race
      Other professionals                Solve
       working with children                                               Creed
                                           problems
       in your area.
                                          Form
                                           judgements.

                                          Make
                                           decisions.
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                                          Make choices.

				
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