SAFEGUARDING - CHILD PROTECTION

Our Policy complies with WAG’s Children Safeguarding Policy 2013 and this policy reflects the model circular 158 - 2015 “Keeping Learners Safe” and Circular 5 2008 "All Wales Child Protection Procedures" There are three main elements to this policy:
 

  1. Prevention through the teaching and pastoral support offered to pupils.

  2. Procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse. 

  3. Support to pupils who may have been abused.

 

We operate safe recruitment procedures and ensure that all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff and volunteers who will work with children, including DBS formerly CRB and reference checks in line with current guidance. Temporary staff and volunteers providing cover during short-term absences and who will be working with children are given clear guidance of the school’s arrangements for child protection and their responsibilities during induction.

 

Llantarnam Community Primary School will ensure a senior member of staff and head teacher are appropriately trained and charged with the responsibility for co-ordinating child protection matters within the school, and that all staff, both teaching and non-teaching, are aware of who that person is. The designated safeguarding person is Mrs Laura Perrett (Head Teacher) and the deputy safeguarding persons are Mrs Victoria Freebury (Acting Deputy Head Teacher) and Miss Sarah Ellaway (SLT). We also have a nominated governor, Mr David Phillips whose role is to ensure:
 

  • there is appropriate challenge for safeguarding; 

  • our school has a safeguarding policy in place;

  • that the policy is reviewed in order to ensure its effectiveness; 

  • that designated, and other staff, have the opportunity to attend appropriate training; and 

  • that our school prospectus contains a section on the safeguarding policy to make parents aware of our safeguarding responsibilities.
     

The action we take to safeguard children in our school will be in line with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures.

 

The designated Looked After Children’s Coordinator is Mrs Laura Perrett.

 

All adults in our school need to have an awareness of the indicators of abuse and know how to respond to a pupil who discloses abuse.  

 

It is not the role of the adults in our school to investigate and attempt to seek out evidence on matters relating to safeguarding concerns and they must not attempt to do so. The adults in our school have a role in assisting social services and/or the police by providing information for safeguarding/child protection enquiries. They recognise that sharing information for the purposes of safeguarding is essential and that safeguarding the individual overrides the need to keep information confidential. Adults in our school should inform the designated teacher of:
 

  • any concerns that a child or young person is suffering or is likely to be suffering some form of abuse; 

  • any allegations of abuse against staff;

  • any disclosures of abuse.
     

Our school has mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing the policy and its effectiveness and it will be the responsibility of the nominated child protection governor to ensure that the policy is reviewed annually by ensuring it becomes a standing item on the governing body’s agenda.

 

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