Statement of Purpose/Rationale
Darwen Vale High School fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding children and young people.
As safeguarding permeates all activities and functions this policy complements and supports a range of other policies and documents which should also be read and understood, for example:
• Recruitment and Selection Policy
• DBS Policy
• Behaviour for Learning Handbook
• Health and Safety Policy
• Anti bullying Policy
• Guidance for Safer Working Practice Document
• Blackburn with Darwen LA – Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list..
There are a number of main elements to our school procedures:
• Ensuring all school employees, governors, pupils, parents, visitors and volunteers understand their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and young people
• Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of employees and volunteers to work with children.
• Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
• Raising awareness of safeguarding issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
• Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying, reporting and recording cases, or suspected cases, of abuse or safeguarding concerns.
• Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
This policy applies to all school employees, governors and volunteers working in the school.
We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, school employees are well placed to observe safeguarding concerns. Responsibilities of individuals and groups are outlined below.
Governors – the role of the governing body is to:
• Establish appropriate safeguarding procedures for the school
• Ensure that all school employees have necessary and effective safeguarding training
• Be aware of any relevant safeguarding issues in school and any impact they may have
• Review and if necessary revise the Safeguarding Policy every school year
Head teacher – the role of the Head teacher is to:
• Establish the operational delivery of safeguarding procedures in school and actively promote the safeguarding agenda
• Ensure the operational delivery of safeguarding training for all school employees
• Establish appropriate school processes to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school safeguarding procedures
• Have a professional duty to support as necessary any safeguarding issues in school
• Provide information to the Governing Body and keep them informed regarding any relevant safeguarding issues in school
• Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and employees for safeguarding by setting out its obligations in the school prospectus.
• Identify, recommend to the governing body and implement any agreed safeguarding process improvements
Safeguarding Lead – the role of the safeguarding lead is to:
• Lead the operational delivery of safeguarding procedures in school and work with the Head teacher to promote the safeguarding agenda
• In conjunction with the Head teacher ensure the operational delivery of safeguarding training for all school employees
• Assist to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school safeguarding procedures
• Advise and provide appropriate support with any safeguarding issues in school
• Identify and inform the Head teacher of any relevant safeguarding issues and process improvements
School Employees – the role of school employees is to:
• Be clear about his/her role and responsibilities regarding safeguarding
• Seek clarification and advice if necessary
• Have the necessary skills and competencies regarding safeguarding
• Actively participate in any necessary training or discussion regarding safeguarding
• To inform the Safeguarding Lead of any identified safeguarding concerns or suggested process improvements
• monitor their own standards and practice
Pupils – the role of pupils is to:
• Understand that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried for support
• Be encouraged to talk in a secure environment and be listened to
• Be aware that confidentiality is not always an option
• Be given the opportunity in school to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Parents – the role of parents is to:
• Understanding the responsibility placed on the school and its employees for safeguarding.
Darwen Vale High School and Engineering College will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE).
We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The school may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When at school their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn.
The school will endeavour to support pupils through:
• Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed and that employees have the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
• Safeguarding is covered as part of employees’ induction to the school and updated periodically or as required during employment
• Ensure we have a designated senior person for safeguarding who has received appropriate training and support for this role
• Ensure we have at least one member of staff who will act in the absence of the designated senior person.
• Ensure we have a nominated governor responsible for safeguarding
• Ensure every school employee, volunteer and governor knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for safeguarding and their role
• Ensure all employees and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns or allegations made to the designated teacher responsible for safeguarding
• Ensure that the duty of care towards its pupils and employees is promoted by raising awareness of illegal, unsafe and unwise behaviour and assist staff to monitor their own standards and practice
• The school ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives pupils a sense of being valued
• 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
• Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and employees for safeguarding by setting out its obligations in the school prospectus
Equipping Children with the Skills to keep them safe
• Ensure this is covered as appropriate by the content of the curriculum
• Ensure the curriculum enables the children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse
• Ensure children are aware of the school ethos regarding safeguarding and that there are adults in the school whom they can approach for support if they are worried and know how to access this
Identifying Reporting and recording procedure
• Make sure that all school employees and pupils are aware that confidentiality is not always an option
• Record all disclosures in writing to be passed immediately to the designated Safeguarding Officer
• Ensure that the child feels supported throughout the process
• Make all necessary referrals through the appropriate channels
• Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately
• Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two days of a pupil who is on the child protection register
• Use effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding safeguarding matters including attendance at case conferences
• Ensure all records are kept securely; separate from the main pupil file, and in locked locations
• Follow procedures where an allegation is made against a school employee or volunteer
• Liaison with other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, education welfare service and educational psychology service
• Ensuring that, where a pupil on the child protection register leaves, their information is transferred to the new school immediately and that the child’s social worker is informed
• The school behaviour policy supports vulnerable pupils in the school
• The school will ensure that pupils know that certain behaviours are unacceptable
• All pupils are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred