DATE CREATED: 2009
REVIEWED: January 2017
REVIEW DATE: January 2018
LEAD PERSON: Phil Slater
Le Rocquier School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is the responsibility of all adults to have a child-centred approach to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people.
This policy works in conjunction with States of Jersey Education Department Child Protection Policy, June 2016 and the States of Jersey Education Department Safeguarding, Roles and Responsibilities document, June 2016.
This policy will be reviewed annually and will be made available to parents and carers on our school website.
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Sue Matthews, Education Welfare Officer
Overall responsibility lies with the Head Teacher, Mr Philip Slater
Responsibilities of all staff
All staff should know and understand the key procedures for dealing with suspected child abuse or a student reporting abuse.
Please read this document in association with the Education Department’s Child Protection Policy.
Any member of staff suspecting or receiving reports of child abuse must report it immediately to Sue Matthews, the designated safeguarding officer.
- Do not promise to keep secrets or not tell – you must never keep information about suspected or reported abuse to yourself.
- Do not question a student about abuse; your role is to listen. (cases have failed in court before because well intentioned staff have put leading questions to a student)
- During school hours you must not contact Social Services/MASH directly. This is the duty of the designated staff in school. However any out of hours concerns should be report to the duty social worker or you can complete a MASH enquiry ( MASH website)
- Staff should also be aware of the following statement from the Education Department’s Child Protection Policy regarding the internet and social networks;
"Staff should only use official DfESC email accounts or the virtual learning platform to talk to children and young people online so that any communication is logged" and "Staff should only communicate on school/youth project matters as personal communication could be considered to be inappropriate. Children and young people might try to include staff in their ‘friends’ list on their online social network or get hold of a personal email address or mobile number. Staff should be cautious about this as there are inherent risks in staff using such sites to communicate with children/young people in respect of the potential overlap between their personal and professional lives."
- If you find yourself in a situation where you think you may have assaulted or abused a student in any way you must report this immediately to the designated officer or Head Teacher in her absence. This can include any physical contact with a student.
- If you have witnessed another member of staff assaulting or abusing a student in any way this must be reported to the designated officer or Head Teacher immediately. DO NOT speak or discuss this situation with any other member of staff.
- Do not talk about the case to anyone else other than the designated member of staff you have passed information on to.
- Report all concerns immediately.
- Always report information regardless of how insignificant it may seem at the time.
- Please be aware that you SHOULD NOT give advice about sexual activities, behaviours or contraception (unless this is part of a planned lesson/SOW in PSE or Form Time). If a student asks for your advice please seek advice from either Nicola Eastham or Sue Matthews. There is a new States Policy; ‘Multi-Agency Protocol for Professionals Working With Sexually Active Children and Young People in Jersey (April 2010)’ which relates to all matters regarding sex education, advice and guidance.
Child Protection Training
- It is the head teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all staff are acquainted annually with the child protection procedures (and all new staff as and when they take up their posts). The designated safeguarding officer will ensure that staff who need to undertake Child Protection training do so on a regular basis.
- Within the academic school year, every member of staff will attend a PDP session lead by the designated safeguarding officer.
- New staff will have a safeguarding induction session with the designated safeguarding officer as soon as possible on joining the school.
Responsibilities of the Head teacher
- being responsible for the safeguarding of young people and adults in their care
- supporting all staff, governors and volunteers to meet their safeguarding responsibilities
- facilitating safeguarding training for staff, governors and volunteers where appropriate, including allocating necessary resources and time
- implementing the Child Protection policy and other Safeguarding policies
- ensuring appropriate site security arrangements are in place
- ensuring school representation at Departmental and Safeguarding Board briefings e.g. subsequent to serious case reviews and
- ensuring oversight and implementation of the responsibilities of others.
Responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Officer
The designated safeguarding officer will report to a senior member of SLT.
The role includes:
- ensuring that all appropriate staff are aware of students on the Child Protection Register, or of concerns about suspected abuse, especially when students change class or school
- having allocated time to fulfil the role and will attend CP Conferences and Core Group meetings
- maintaining thorough child protection logs and records
- attending training in child protection, inter-agency co-operation and online safety, updated at two yearly intervals, and additional training as appropriate (current officer last attend training in Sept 2016)
- keeping up to date with changing legislation, Departmental policies and guidance
- attending CSE meetings
- managing cases, supports pupils and staff and refers cases to relevant agencies where appropriate, including MASH enquiries
- ensuring that the Child Protection is available to all staff in school
- elivery regular training for school staff
- working in partnership with parents, students and outside agencies
Responsibilities’ of Parents, Carers and Students
Parents /carers and students will be encouraged to:
- work in partnership with their child’s school to ensure the wellbeing of their child and others
- be vigilant and raise any concerns they may have about a young person’s safety with the school and appropriate agencies
- create an environment where others are respected and valued in the school community and the community in general
- Raise any concerns they may have for their own or peer’s welfare with a trusted adult.
Digital safeguarding (E-safety)
Staff must adhere to E-safety guidelines at all times.
Physical Intervention and Restraint
Staff must adhere to States of Jersey Policy for Schools for Positive Behaviour Support and Restrictive Physical Interventions, Oct 2015
Total confidentialty should never be promised to a student. Students must be informed that you will pass on any concerns in order to ensure their safety.
Staff must not discuss any child protection concerns with any person other than the designated staff.
Data will only be shared with third parties if it is permitted under the provisions of the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005.