The following sample Child Protection/ Safeguarding policy is offered as a starting place not a finished item.
All schools must have a written policy that all staff are aware of . This paper offers ideas about writing your own school’s policy, it is a starting place and best practice would be to involve a number of
staff to write a policy.
Over Arching Statement
Safeguarding Policy for (Name of School)
“Because of their day to day contact with individual children during the school terms, teachers and other school staff are particularly well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour
or failure to develop.”
(Working Together 2006)
(School name) fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.
Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. There are five main elements to our policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
Child protection is the responsibility of all school staff. (Name of School) will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Roles and Responsibilities
All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect them. There are, however, key people within schools and the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child
protection procedures. The names of those carrying out these responsibilities for the current year are listed on the cover sheet of this document.
It is the role of the Governing Body and the school leadership team to ensure that the Named Persons for Child Protection are properly supported to carry out this task and that they are given time to fulfil
the duties that their role demands.
The school leadership team will ensure that Named Persons for Child Protection attend the required training and that they refresh their training every two years.
All other staff and the nominated governor must be offered an appropriate level of training and must undergo refresher training every three years.
It is the role of the Named Persons for Child Protection to ensure that the child protection procedures are followed within the school, and to make appropriate, timely referrals to Children’s Social Care
in accordance with the locally agreed procedures. Additionally, it is the role of the Named Persons for Child Protection to ensure all staff employed including temporary staff and volunteers within the school are aware of the school’s internal procedures,
to advise staff and to offer support to those requiring this.
The Named Persons for Child Protection and the Headteacher provide an annual report for the governing body detailing any changes to the policy and procedures; training undertaken by all staff and governors
and other relevant issues.
The role of the Nominated Governor for Child Protection is to ensure that the school has an effective policy that locally agreed procedures are in place, and that the policy and structures supporting Safeguarding
children are reviewed annually. Governors must not be given details relating to individual child protection cases or situations to ensure confidentiality is not breached.
A statement in the school brochure will inform parents and carers about our school’s duties and responsibilities under child protection procedures. Parents can obtain a copy of the school Child Protection
Policy on request.
The Governing Body and school leadership team are responsible for ensuring that the school follows safe recruitment processes, including:
- Ensuring the headteacher, other staff responsible for recruitment and one member of the Governing Body completes safer recruitment training.
- Ensuring the upkeep of a Single Central Record of all staff and regular volunteers in accordance with government guidance
(Name of School) recognises the importance of creating an ethos within school that will help children feel safe and confident that they will be listened to.
‘We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence are likely to have low self- esteem and may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and
some sense of blame. Our school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in their lives’.
(Name of School) will endeavour to support all pupils through:
- Ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning.
- Ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children recognise when they don’t feel safe and to identify who they should tell.
- Promoting a positive, supportive and secure environment where pupils can develop a sense of being valued.
- The school behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable pupils in the school.
- The school will ensure that the pupil knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.
Safe Working Practice
(Name of School) has developed a clear code of practice that staff understand and have agreed to. (‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with
Children and Young People in Education Settings. 2009’ Can be downloaded from the DFE Web Site)
The code of practice offers guidance to staff on the way they should behave when working with children. (Cross reference to code of conduct or include as an annexe)
Child Protection Procedures
(Name of school) adheres to child protection procedures that have been agreed locally through Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, (BSCB)
The full version of Child Protection Procedures can be accessed from the BSCB web- site at:
(Include a flowchart or written procedures here or as an annexe)
All staff are aware that they must not promise to keep, ‘secrets’ with children and that if children disclose abuse this must be passed on to the Named Persons for Child Protection as soon as possible and
the child should be told who their disclosure will be shared with.
Staff will be informed of relevant information in respect of individual cases regarding child protection on a ”need to know basis” only.
Child Protection records are kept centrally and securely by the Named Persons for Child Protection. Staff are aware that they must make a record of child protection issues and events as soon as possible and
that these records must be signed and dated. Child protection records must not be made in the child’s curriculum file.
Working with other agencies
Schools are not investigating agencies and it essential that child protection issues are addressed through agreed procedures however schools continue to play a role after referral and need to develop strong
links with partner agencies particularly social care.
(Name of school) recognises the importance of multi agency working and will ensure that staff are able to attend all relevant meetings including case conferences, core groups and strategy meetings.
Allegations against members of staff
(Name of school) recognises that it is possible for staff and volunteers to behave in a manner that causes harm to children and takes any allegation made against members of staff or volunteers seriously.
The local arrangements for managing allegations are understood and followed. All staff know who to talk to if they are concerned about the behaviour of an adult.
(Cross reference to or include as an annexe the local arrangements for managing allegations. These can be downloaded from the BSCB website:
The use of school premises by other organisations
Where services or activities are provided separately by another body, using the
school premises, the Governing Body will seek assurance that the body concerned
has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to Safeguarding children
and child protection.
Cross reference to other school policies
(Name of school) recognises that a number of other policies and procedures developed and operated by school form part of the wider agenda of Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare and this policy should
be read in conjunction with the policies listed below:
· Whole school anti bullying policy
· Health and safety policy
· Procedures for accessing risk ie school trips
· Safer recruitment policies and practice
· Induction and Code of conduct for staff
· Policies that recognise specific vulnerable groups
(This is not an exhaustive list and schools may include others not mentioned here).
The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the annual review of this policy and
that the list of key contacts on the cover sheet is kept up to date.
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