Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Nedal Al-Chamaa
Deputy Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Caroline Tyson
Nominated Governor responsible for Child Protection: Thomas Kibling
For urgent Child Protection/Safeguarding advice:
First Access & Screening Team (FAST) - 0208 356 5500/4844
Emergency out of hours duty team - 0208 356 2710/2346
NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline - 0800 028 0285
Referral email address:
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - 0208 356 4569
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 and Child Protection Policy
Please click here to access our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Safeguarding Summary/Staff understanding - Quick overview
Please click here to obtain a basic overview on CP/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
Please click here to read the document. Please be reminded that all volunteers/parents will need to read and agree to the expectations of this document before the placement starts.
Concerns about a child? (Record Sheet for disclosures)
Please use the following form to record any concerns/disclosures.
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.
A flowchart , prepared by the Department of Health and NHS England, can be found here and further clarifies the process and responses which must be made.
London Fields recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. To find out more please read our Online Safey policy by clicking here. Alternatively please click here to obtain further information and resources regarding Online Safety. Alternatively please click here to access an NSPCC best practice guide on online safety.
Use of reasonable force in schools
The following guidance from the DFE (click here) provides clarification on the use of force:
- to help school staff feel more confident about using reasonable force when they feel it is necessary
- to make clear the responsibilities of school leaders and governing bodies in respect of this power
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:
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
It is important to remember that issues in regard to radicalisation and extremism are safeguarding issues, and the same level of risk assessment and proportionate response are required.
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 or our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. Staff have been completing a series of online training modules - A register exists to determine which staff have completed the training.
The 'HLT PREVENT Briefing for Schools and Settings' outlines the considerations and referral procedure that schools and settings should make, in that wherever possible (immediate risk of harm notwithstanding), concerns should be shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school and dialogue should take place with parents/carers. However, where there is imminent risk of harm to a child, an immediate referral should be made to FAST, as with all other safeguarding concerns where risk of harm is imminent. If there is concern about risk of harm to others, then the Police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
It is also important to bear in mind the distinction between a referral to FAST as opposed to a referral to Channel (which is also referred to within the briefing). FAST should be the first point of contact for Designated Safeguarding Leads, to enable FAST to gather intelligence, assess risk and ensure an appropriate response – this may include a subsequent referral to Channel Panel if it is determined as necessary.
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.
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.
Online Training CPD (CP/Safeguarding)
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: www.myeducare.com
You will need to enter - a username and password
The Hackney Child Wellbeing Framework focuses upon child and family need, not thresholds for services. It does, however, attempt to give an indication of what might be an appropriate approach to responding to child and family need by defining three levels:
- Universal - a response by universal services, often working individually
- Universal and Universal Partnership Plus - a response by universal services working together in universal settings and sometimes bringing additional targeted resources into a multi agency partnership plan to both assess and address concerns
- Complex/high risk – a response that requires high level specialist services, often governed by statutory frameworks, to take the lead role.
Children Missing Education (To be read alongside Attendance/Punctuality Policy)
From September 2016, amendments to regulations require the following actions from all schools:-
- All schools – are required to inform the LA when they are about to remove a pupil’s name from the admissions register.
- Schools also have to inform the LA within 5 days of registering new pupils
- For a pupil who has not returned after 10 days, the amended regulations require the school and LA to
make those enquiries collaboratively, not separately. Schools should ensure that they consult with HLT before any decisions are made to de-register a child without a clear destination having been established and agreed. The Pupils Registration Regulations make reference to ‘jointly making reasonable enquiries’.
HLT has written guidance for schools which clarifies expectations, provides guidance on what constitutes ‘joint reasonable enquiries’, and gives further guidance on software updates.
Schools are advised to:
- Record the Future Address and address Start Date for the pupil/student or contact;
- Record the destination school in the Destination Institution field in the School History panel of the - pupil/student record;
- Record the start date in the Destination Expected Start Date field in the School History panel of the - pupil/student record; and
- Use the Communication Log or Linked Documents to store any evidence.
Please see HLT Guidance Document for more information on Children Missing in Education - Click here.