When working within England and Wales the requirements of statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education must be followed, as well as any policies and procedures of relevant Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB), in areas in which the organisation is working
Further guidance relevant to the matters within this policy may be found in the following documents:
· Health, Safety and Security Policy
· Anti-Bullying Policy
· Social Media Policy
· Restraint Policy
· Handling Allegations against Staff Policy
· Disqualification by Association Policy
3 Child Protection
Any concerns or allegations relating to abuse of children, abuse by children and allegations against staff must be reported immediately. This includes reporting allegations against third parties as well as the self-reporting of allegations against a member of staff.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) for reporting matters to are:
In an emergency situation in England or Wales, when there is a justifiable concern that staff may not be available quickly enough to deal with an urgent concern, then a concern should be taken directly to the NSPCC 24/7 helpline:
or 0808 800 5000.
Safeguarding concerns should be raised using the
Safeguarding Concern form procedure (Form F2). Concerns should always be acknowledged as quickly as possible and within 24 hours of being raised. Unacknowledged concerns, or matters which are not dealt with quickly enough should be raised as a whistleblowing concern, using the Complaint, Grievance and Whistleblowing Policy.
Dealing with disclosures
In dealing with disclosures staff should listen sensitively to what is said or implied. There must be no offers of confidentiality, as matters which are disclosed must be able to be referred to others, in order to be resolved. Notes should be taken as quickly as possible, recording the disclosure in the terms used by the person making the disclosure. The notes should be an objective record of what was disclosed and passed on as quickly as possible to the Designated Safeguarding leads.
5 Specific safeguarding issues
Due to renewed focus, particular mention is made of the following matters, which staff should be familiar with, and should report concerns relating to, using the procedure outlined above:
6 General safeguarding practices
ID must be worn visibly by all staff at all times and strangers should be challenged to confirm ID.
Staff should undergo safeguarding training at induction and refresher courses every 2 years.
Staff should not meet with students in private places (including online places). There should be no meetings at all outside of the work place or outside of designated educational activities.
Safeguarding practices apply to relationships between staff and students until two years after staff have left the organisation and for two years after students have left organisational programmes.
There is to be no photographing, filming or recording of staff or students without prior written consent from the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Any visitor who is not DBS checked must be accompanied by a member of staff with a valid DBS at all times. Anyone who visits more than 5 times in a 3 month period should be DBS checked or confirmed as having a DBS check.
Additional site specific procedures will be drawn up, as necessary, at each Edlumino site.
7 Roles and responsibilities
Specific roles and responsibilities relating to safeguarding, supporting vulnerable students and educating to prevent safeguarding abuses are including in the Job Descriptions of the relevant staff. They are reviewed as part of the annual appraisal process.
8 Safer Recruitment
The Statutory guidance referred to in [2.1] on the appointment, induction and training of staff must be followed.
The organisation recognises the DBS checks carried out by other partner organisations which are subject to formal inspection by monitoring bodies such as OFSTED, and which therefore have objective confirmation of the effectiveness of their own safeguarding procedures.
Once someone has undergone recruitment checks and started work with the organisation, any subsequent allegations, concerns or investigations about their conduct relating to before, or since starting work; must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. This should be done immediately the matter is known, by self referral and also by anyone else aware of the matter.
When recruiting translators or displaced individuals with specific skills, the difficulties of obtaining documents, checks and references from conflict zones will be recognised and procedures followed as far as is reasonably possible in each context. In complex cases advice will be sought from organisations with relevant expertise.
9 Liaison and information sharing
Records should be made and maintained at all stages of Safeguarding processes, as outlined in the Data Protection Policy. Any information gathered through safeguarding procedures will be shared with appropriate agencies and partnership organisations, where doing so is deemed to be in the best safeguarding interests of a child.
Information about ‘missing’ children will be communicated to Statutory authorities. In the UK this will be the local safeguarding childrens boards or the Childrens Commissioner. Outside the UK this may include UNICEF or other local authorities.
This Policy has been Impact Assessed for Environment and Equality considerations. Policy review follows the Review cycle.