Child Safeguarding Polices

Aim


1. Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who encounters children, and their families or carers has a role to play in keeping them safe.


To fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals must ensure their approach is child centred. This means that they must always consider what is in the best interests of the child.

2. These procedures are for all staff, parents, volunteers and the wider school community.


They form part of the safeguarding arrangements for our music school.

a. protecting children from maltreatment.

b. preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development.

c. ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

d. taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


Expectations

3. All staff and volunteers will have signed a copy of the school’s child protection procedures to confirm they have read and agree to these procedures before they start working with us, and whenever these procedures change.

All parents/guardians or carers will be provided with these procedures before enrolment. It is important for families to be aware of actions staff may take if there are any concerns for a child’s safety, and for them to understand that they might not be consulted before action is taken.

Knowing about child protection procedures ahead of time helps parents/guardians or carers to engage better in the process, meaning that change is more likely to take place.


4. All adults working in our school who have contact with pupils are in positions of trust. Staff and volunteers should understand their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of the students. This means that staff and volunteers:

a. is responsible for their own actions and behaviour and must avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation or intentions.


b. must work, and be seen to work, in an open and transparent way.

c. must acknowledge that deliberately invented/malicious allegations are extremely rare and that all concerns should be reported and recorded.

d. must discuss and/or take advice promptly from their line manager if they have acted in a way which may give rise to concern.

e. must apply the same professional standards regardless of culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual orientation.

f. must not consume or be under the influence of alcohol or any substance, including prescribed medication, which may affect their ability to care for children.

g. must be aware that breaches of the law and other professional guidelines could result in disciplinary action being taken against them, criminal action and/or other proceedings including barring by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) from working in regulated activity, or for acts of serious misconduct prohibition from teaching by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

How they will respond

5. If they have a concern about a child’s wellbeing, based on:

a. something the child or their parent has told them.

b. something another child has told them.

c. something that they have noticed about the child’s behaviour, health, or appearance.

d. something another professional said or did. They will pass all concerns immediately to their line manager who will seek advice from the appropriate safeguarding persons i.e. ADSL's or directly to the schools DSL if the concern is of a serious nature in need of appropriate and immediate action. 

6. Even if they think the concern is minor, they will pass on information to their line manager who may in turn have more information that, together with what they know, represents a more serious worry about a child. It will not be their decision alone on how to respond to concerns


– but it will always be their responsibility to share concerns, no matter how small.

a. Staff will not investigate but decide whether they need to clarify their concerns by asking the child or parent open questions, being careful not to lead them. They may not discuss their concerns with the parent(s) or carer if this may increase the risk to the child.

b. If they have heard a disclosure of abuse or are talking with a child or parent about their concerns, they may let them know what they propose to do next. For example, ‘I am worried about your bruise, and I need to tell Mr/Mrs (Line manager) so that they can help us think about how to keep you safe.’

c. If none of the designated safeguarding staff are available, they will make the referral themselves. Details of how they will do this are at the end of these procedures.

d. As soon as possible after the event, staff will make a detailed written record using the Safeguarding forms provided by the school. If there is a disclosure, they will record the words of the child or parent and include an analysis of what they saw or heard and why it is a cause for concern.


7. Any member of staff is entitled to report a safeguarding concern directly to the local authority if they do not feel able to refer the matter to the line manager. Details of how they will do this are at the end of these procedures.


Who to pass concerns on to
8. Concerns will be passed directly to their line manager or if the concerns are regarding the line manager, then a referral will be directly made to the Local authority by themselves. Details of how they may make a referral to the local authority are at the end.


Concerns about another adult in the school

9. Safeguarding concerns about another adult in the school that may meet the harms threshold set out below, will be referred to the line manager without delay. If the concerns are about the line manager specifically (or a relative of the line manager working at the school) they will be referred to the Local authority. Examples of all cases that may meet the harms threshold, i.e.,
in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:


a. Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child.


b. Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child.


c. Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children; or


d. Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.


Low level concerns that do not meet the harms threshold set out above can be given directly to their line manager. If they are about the Line manager (or a relative of the line manager working at the school), they will be reported to the second person in command of the school at the time. All low-level concerns will be recorded in writing by the person to whom they are
reported. The record will include details of the concern, the context in which the concern arose, action taken and the rationale for decisions.


10. The term ‘low level’ concern does not mean that it is insignificant. A low level concern is any concern – no matter how small, and even if no more than causing a sense of unease or a nagging doubt – that an adult working in or on behalf of the school may have acted in a way that is inconsistent with the staff (and persons in a position of trust) code of conduct, including inappropriate conduct outside of work, Examples of such behaviour could include,
but are not limited to:


· Being over friendly with children.
· Having favourites.
· Taking photographs of children on their mobile phone.
· Engaging with a child on a one-to-one basis in a secluded area or behind a closed door; or,
· Humiliating pupils.

Such behaviour can exist on a wide spectrum, from the inadvertent or thoughtless, or behaviour that might look inappropriate but might not be in specific circumstances, through to that which is ultimately intended to enable abuse. Sharing, recording and dealing with low level concerns appropriately not only keeps children safe but also protects those working in or
on behalf of schools.


Whistleblowing
11. If you are concerned about poor or unsafe practice or potential failures in the school’s safeguarding regime, these should be raised directly with either:

Mr John Bushell - Alternate designated safeguarding lead (ADSL)

Lungi Bushell - Alternate designated safeguarding lead (ADSL)

Stairways Music school adheres to the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Policy as set out by the Department of Education. A link to the Government site is available below:

 

Keeping children safe in education 2022 (publishing.service.gov.uk)



Contact details for the local authority:
To seek advice before making a referral to the local authority contact:
MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
customer.first@ suffolk.gov.uk
Professional Consultation Line: 03456061499
12. To make a referral to the local authority contact:
Customer First telephone number; 0808 8004005
MASH: 01473 263 200
Multi-agency referral form/referral portal can be found:
customer.first@suffolk .gov.uk

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