Bishop Luffa School follows the DfE guidelines regarding the code of conduct and procedures for ensuring safeguarding and child protection provided in “Keeping children safe in education” (www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education, September 2016), issued under Section 175 of Education Act 2002. This replaces Keeping Children Safe in Education July 2015. Our procedures apply to all members of our school community, are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB) and are in accordance with locally agreed interagency procedures.
Our core safeguarding principles are:
- The well-being and safety of all members of our school community are paramount
- Everyone has a role to play in safeguarding children
- Policies and procedures are reviewed annually and ratified by Directors
- All staff (teaching and support) are required to read Section 1 from Keeping Children Safe in Education (see link above).
- All staff (teaching and support) receive regular child protection and safeguarding training.
- An abused child is a boy or girl, 17 years or under, who has suffered from, or is believed to be at significant risk of physical injury, neglect, emotional abuse or sexual abuse. At Bishop Luffa School we strive to ensure all our young people feel safe.
Staff are trained to look out for signs of abuse:
- physical abuse – eg bruises, lacerations, burns;
- emotional abuse – eg excessive dependence or attention seeking;
- sexual abuse – eg physical signs or substantial behaviour change including precocity or withdrawal;
- neglect - eg inadequate clothing, poor hygiene, poor growth, hunger.
These are not proof in themselves that abuse has taken place and staff should never investigate suspected abuse. If concerned, staff inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
If a child volunteers information, staff listen carefully, make notes and pass the information on to the DSL. Staff must not:
- make assumptions
- ask leading questions
- put pressure on the child
- give an impression of confidentiality. If a child is at risk staff have an obligation to pass on information to DSL. A child may preface their comments with, for example, “Promise you won’t tell anyone …” Staff cannot give such an assurance, but will explain that they have to tell the DSL and why. If the child refuses to carry on, that is noted and the DSL alerted.
As a school we have a statutory duty to assist Children’s Social Services acting on behalf of children in need or enquiring into allegations of child abuse. We have developed and promoted effective working relationships with West Sussex Children’s Services and the Police and have a duty to provide information during child protection enquiries. In addition, we have a pastoral responsibility in recognising that children have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.
Staff are obliged to raise any concerns regarding a child’s welfare. Any staff member can refer their concerns of abuse to Children’s Social Care. However, for a consistent approach in school staff are expected to raise concerns with the DSL.
|Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)||Mr Andy Jackson
|Designated Safeguarding Deputy||Mr Steve Williams
|Head||Mr Nick Taunt
|School, via Mrs Christopher, Head’s PA
|Lead Director for Child Protection||Miss Margaret Lumley||School, via Mrs Christopher, Head’s PA
|- Key Stage 3||Mr Neil Topley (Assistant Headteacher)||01243 832790|
- Key Stage 4
|Mr Andrew Jackson (Assistant Headteacher)||01243 832739|
- Key Stage 5
- Safeguarding Administrator
|Mrs Sarah Smith (Pastoral Support Assistant)||01243 787741|
|Local Authority Designated
0330 222 3339
West Sussex Children's Services -
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Tel: 01403 229 900
The DSL will ensure that Child Protection records are kept securely locked.
The School’s P4C programme includes modules which raise awareness amongst the pupils of the rights of young people with regard to Child Protection. Childline posters are displayed around the school.
Revised September 2017
To be reviewed October 2018 or at any DfE update
The full Child Protection Policy can be found below