Head - Safeguarding Lead
School Business Manager
Teacher & Phase Leader
Dr Victoria Wright
The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop positive and healthy relationships, how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including being exploited. The school also has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate child protection concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parent/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by children’s services or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter or make enquiries. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child. The school will always seek to work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child and family.
Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. We would expect you to also report to the headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or either of the safeguarding deputies any behaviours of any adults working in the school that may concern you.
When signing into our school you are agreeing to follow the school’s safeguarding advice to visitors and, where appropriate, the code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
All visitors must wear the visitors badge and lanyard provided.
Unsupervised visitors: you will be asked to show your photographic ID issued by your employer or your DBS Certificate and will be issued with a BLUE school lanyard. Further DBS and Barred List checks will be needed for volunteers and students.
Supervised visitors: will be issued with a RED school lanyard and will accompanied by a member of staff at all times.
If you have ANY concerns about a child’s welfare or well-being, or have a concern about the behaviour of any adult within the school towards the child:
- Discuss your concerns without delay with the Designated Safeguarding Lead or a member of the Safeguarding Team)
- Remember it is important to share your concerns even if you are unsure
- Anyone can make a referral to Liverpool Children’s Services 0151 233 3700
- The Local Authority Designated Officer (L.A.D.O) for Managing Allegations Against Staff can be contacted on 0151 225 8101. The school can provide you with a copy of the school’s procedures for Managing Allegations Against Staff.
If a child makes a disclosure to you:
- Avoid being shocked or embarrassed
- Listen to the child without interrupting them
- Do not promise to keep a secret
- Do not ask the child any leading questions
- Reassure them that ‘it is not their fault and they have done the right this to tell you’
- Immediately following the disclosure, report your concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Consider how best to manage your own feelings
- After reporting your concerns, remember that the disclosure and the child’s identity should remain confidential
- Provide a positive role model to young people
- Dress appropriately ensuring your clothing is not likely to be viewed as offensive or revealing
- Treat all members of the school’s community with respect and tolerance
- Work with children in an area where you are visible by a member of the school staff
- Respect a child’s privacy and dignity
- Always report any situations that you may feel give rise to a complaint or misunderstanding of your own actions
- Photograph a child without the school’s permission
- Use your personal mobile phone in areas used by young people
- Ignore inappropriate behaviours towards children either by other children or adults
- Share personal details with a child
- Meet or contact a child out of school including by text, email, Facebook or other social media or give a child a lift anywhere
- Discuss the school, children or adults working with the school on social media
- Give gifts to a young person (unless part of the school’s agreed rewards policy or with the agreement of your line manager) or receive gifts unless arranged through the school
Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. The DfE has launched a ‘Tackle Child Abuse’ campaign which will be aired on local radio stations.