Safeguarding Children Policy
GoCode Academy fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding children. Our policy applies to all staff working in the school.
The aims of this policy are:
-To support the children’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence.
-To provide an environment where children feel safe, secure, valued and respected. Should they face any difficulties of any matter a member of staff shall be willing to listen and help to provide suitable action.
-To raise awareness of all staff (either teaching or nonteaching) of the need to safeguard children and their responsibility in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse.
-To monitor children that may be at the risk of harm and provide the best environment to accommodate their requirements.
-Provide good levels of communication between all members of staff and children.
-Ensure all staff working at the school are suitable to carry out the job in question by checking and verifying identification, carrying out a CRB/DBS check and also undergoing First Aid Training Procedures and Responsibilities Procedures will follow those that have been set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
-Ensure there is a Designated Senior Member of Staff – Robert Rajeswaran
-Ensure there is a Deputy Member of Staff in the absence of the Designated Senior Member of Staff – Rushil Shah
-Ensure there is a Nominated Member of Staff in the absence of the Designated Senior Member of Staff and Deputy Member of Staff – Anjali Sathiyaseelan
-Ensure that all members of staff are aware of the relevant nominated members of staff.
-Ensure that duty of care towards students and staff is carried out by raising awareness of illegal, unsafe and unwise behaviour. These procedures will be reviewed annually. When staff join this school they will be required to read through this policy and have a chance to ask any questions as part of their induction programme The basic induction programme will include information on how to notice signs and symptoms of abuse, how to manage a disclosure from a child, whom to inform and finally how to record any evidence and plans of action.
Managing a disclosure
Teachers and non-teaching staff in schools are in a unique position to observe children’s behaviour. In most cases staff members build a pastoral relationship with children and will play the part to listen and comfort the children during trying times. FunTech staff will listen carefully to a child’s disclosure and will ask questions of the following nature:
-How did that happen?
-Was there anything else happening at that time?
-Have you spoken to someone about this?
Under no circumstances will staff demand or forcefully pressurise the child. All answers will be documented and reported to the appropriate body. Supporting children We recognise that a child who is abused or witnesses violence may feel helpless, humiliated, may blame themselves and find it difficult to develop and maintain a sense of self-worth. Our school may provide some form of stability in the children’s lives where they want to open up to personal matters. Under these circumstances, this will be reported to the relevant MASH/Central Duty Team.
Allegations against Staff
We understand that a pupil may make an allegation against a member of staff. If such an allegation is made, the member of staff receiving the allegation will immediately inform the Designated Senior Member of Staff who will take the following actions:
- REMOVE & REPLACE: The staff member who has the allegation made against them will be removed and a replacement member who is adequately trained will step in until further notice.
- CONTACT LADO: We will follow their instructions (please see relevant details below)
- CONTACT OFSTED: 0300 123 1231 and follow up in writing to email@example.com
- INFORM PARENT: Parents will be contacted and informed about any incidents involving their child/children unless the LADO have advised against this.
Introduction Supporting staff
As GoCode Academy provides a very pastoral environment to children, it may prove to be rather stressful or upsetting for a staff member to comfort a child that is experiencing such difficulties. As duty of care to staff GoCode Academy will offer the opportunity for staff to talk through their anxieties and provide any support required to ensure they are able to work with children. Confidentiality We recognise that cases dealt with any child are treated with respect and as a private matter. Other issues With relation to safety of children, GoCode Academy also treats the following as urgent matters: Bullying, Racism, and any other form of abuse. Health and Safety This policy has been documented separately and can be found on the Internal GoCode Academy Noticeboard or as per request. Record keeping Any member of staff receiving a disclosure of abuse from a child or young person, or noticing signs or symptoms of possible abuse will make a notification to the Designated Senior Member of Staff, Deputy Member of Staff and/or Nominated Member of Staff. This incident will be documented together with the plan of action and/or outcomes with dealing with relevant bodies such as the Local Police or Council. Complaints or Concerns expressed by Pupils, Parents and/or Staff We recognise that listening to children is an important and essential part of safeguarding them against abuse and neglect. To this end any expression of dissatisfaction or disquiet in relation to an individual child will be listened to and acted upon in order to safeguard his/her welfare. We will also seek to ensure that the child or adult who makes a complaint is informed not only about the action the school will take but also the length of time that will be required to resolve the complaint. The school will also endeavour to keep the child or adult regularly informed as to the progress of his/ her complaint. Safeguarding Children Policy Safeguarding Children Policy
If you are worried about a child or Young Person in Milton Keynes please contact our Multi-Agency Referral Hub (MASH)on 01908 253169/253170 for advice or to make a referral, 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm Friday. Our out of hours Emergency Social work team can be contacted on 01908 265545.
Galley Hill Education Centre, Galley Hill, Milton Keynes, MK11 1PA
f you think a child or young person is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, you must speak to someone immediately. You can ring the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) on 01234 718700 (office hours) or ring 0300 300 8123 (out of hours).
In an emergency, phone the police 999.
You can also contact the MASH (Multi Agency Support Hub) using the Enquiry Form
This form should be used to make enquires to the MASH on any issue relating to the safeguarding of children and young people. The form should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Early help assessments should still be completed on the Early Help Assessment Form – see the Early Help page for more details.
If your concern is of an immediate safeguarding nature then please contact MASH on 01234 718700 during office hours (08:45 – 17:20 Monday to Thursday; 08:45 – 16:20 on a Friday or outof office hours please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 300 8123.
To discuss concerns or make a referral:
Children & Family Services
Children’s Access Team
Tel: 020 8901 2690
Fax: 020 8861 1816
Civic 1, 2nd Floor, NW
Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY
If a child is in immediate danger, left alone or missing, you should contact the police directly and/or an ambulance using 999.
If there is no immediate danger but you are concerned about a child’s welfare, contact us using the below services:
Telephone 0300 126 1000
Out of hours
If you need to contact children’s social care urgently during the evening, at night or at the weekend, phone our out of hours team on 01604 626938.
Write to them
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Child Protection Team
Children, Families and Education
Criminal Justice Centre
700 Pavilion Drive
Head Office: 15 The Close, Lyon Park Avenue, Wembley, HA04DW 01908870003 www.gocode.academy firstname.lastname@example.org