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Safeguarding Children and Young People policy

                                                                                                           

Named Staff and Contacts

Where concerns regarding a young person occur, reports must be made in line with current procedures. You may contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead if you are unsure of whether to report a concern or need further clarification. Where applicable, an electronic safeguarding report should be sent in depth to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will then decide whether to take further action, i.e. to contact the young person’s school or external professional e.g. LADO/police.  

Where concerns arise about a specific student from, Leicestershire Partnership Schools and/or Leicestershire Secondary Education and Inclusion Partnership, that organisation should be alerted, where necessary the Designated Safeguarding Lead will contact the relevant persons listed below:

LPS                Pran Pancholi

HBEP             Anne Tookey

LIP                  Simon Chetwyn

MBP               Helen Masoum

NWLLIP         Charlie Scott

SLIP               Elise Rogers

The Cooke E-Learning Foundation T/A E2’s current Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Chantelle Darlison                            0116 235 9481                          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Introduction

E2 is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect. Volunteers and staff should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the rights of young people, their safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects our principles.

No activity should be entered into that is potentially harmful to young people. Nationally recognised procedure regarding qualified instructors, safety equipment and good practice should be adhered to at all times.

Safeguarding Commitment

E2 fully adopts an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its responsibility for pastoral care. Staff encourage children and parents to feel free to talk about any concerns and to see E2 as a safe place when there are difficulties. Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously and children are encouraged to seek help from members of staff.

E2 will therefore:

Designated Safeguarding Lead

E2 has its own DSL who is aware of the full list of requirements and participates in training offered by schools to support our effectiveness.

The responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead are found in Annex B of “Keeping children safe in education” and include:

Code of Practice 

Staff and volunteers should:

Staff and Volunteers should never:

Roles and Responsibilities

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare. This includes a responsibility to be alert to possible abuse and to record and report concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The names of the Designated Safeguarding Leads are listed at the start of this document.

In accordance with the Statutory Guidance “Keeping children safe in education” September 2018E2 will ensure that: -

Working with Parents/Carers

It is the responsibility of the E2 to:

Other Relevant Policies 

The ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People’ Policy complements and supports a range of other policies, and should therefore be read in conjunction with the following listed below:

The list is not exhaustive but when undertaking development or planning of any kind, E2 will consider the implications for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and children.

APPENDIX 1 

PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW IN CASES OF POSSIBLE, ALLEGED OR SUSPECTED ABUSE, OR SERIOUS CAUSE FOR CONCERN ABOUT A CHILD

Contents

A

General

 

B

Individual Staff/Volunteers/Other Adults - main procedural steps

 

C

Designated Safeguarding Lead – main procedural steps

 

 

General

  1. The Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures contain the inter-agency processes, protocols and expectations for safeguarding children. (Available on LSCB websitewww.lrsb.org.uk: The Designated Safeguarding Lead is expected to be aware of these, particularly the referral processes. However, if the referral regards a student enrolled on our alternative education provision, the first step will be to contact the school and E2 will make a direct referral only when that contact has not been successful or in emergency.
  2. It is important that all parties act swiftly and avoid delays.
  3. Any person may seek advice and guidance from the First Response Children’s Duty Professionals Consultation Line, particularly if there is doubt about how to proceed. Any adult, whatever their role, can take action in his/her own right to ensure that an allegation or concern is investigated and can report to the investigating agencies.
  4. A safeguarding report, dated and signed, must be made to what has been alleged, noticed and reported, and kept securely and confidentially.
  5. In many cases of concern there will be an expectation that there have already been positive steps taken to work with parents and relevant parties to help alleviate the concerns and effect an improvement for the child. This is appropriate where it is thought that a child may be in need in some way, and require assessment to see whether additional support and services are required. An example might be where it is suspected a child may be the subject of neglect. In most cases the parents’ knowledge and consent to the referral are expected, unless there is reason for this not being in the child’s interest. However, there will be circumstances when informing the parent/carer of a referral that might put the child at risk, and in individual cases advice from Children’s Social Care will need to be taken.

Individual Staff/Volunteers/Other Adults – main procedural steps

When a child makes a disclosure, or when concerns are received from other sources, do not investigate, ask leading questions, examine children, or promise confidentiality. Children making disclosures should be reassured and if possible at this stage should be informed what action will be taken next.

  1. Within 24 hours make safeguarding report of what has been disclosed or noticed, said or done and report to the Designated Safeguarding Lead at E2. 
  2. If the concern involves the conduct of a member of staff or volunteer, a visitor, a trainee or another young person or child, E2’s DSL must be informed.
  3. If this has not already been done, inform the child (or other party who has raised the concern) what action you have taken.
  4. Designated Safeguarding Lead – main procedural steps to be taken in accordance with this policy and procedures.

(NB It may not be necessary for E2 to follow all these steps if it regards a student enrolled on our alternative education provision e.g. there is a school that is already taking action.  Special note should be taken of clauses 4, 6 and 7 where E2 may need to take urgent action)

  1. Begin a case file which will hold a record of communications and actions to be stored securely (see Section on Records, Monitoring and Transfer).
  2. Where initial enquiries do not justify a referral to the investigating agencies, inform the initiating adult and monitor the situation. If in doubt, seek advice from the First Response Professionals’ consultation line.
  3. Share information confidentially with those who need to know.
  4. Where there is a child protection concern requiring immediate, same day, intervention from Children’s Social Care, the First Response Children’s Duty should be contacted by phone. Written confirmation should be made within 24 hours on the LSCB Agency Referral Form to Children’s Social Care. All other referrals should be made using the online form (see linkhttp://lrsb.org.uk/childreport).
  5. If the concern is about children using harmful sexual behaviour, refer to the separate guidance. “Guidance for schools working with children who display harmful sexual behaviour” (Leicestershire LA Guidance).
  6. If it appears that urgent medical attention is required to arrange for the child to be taken to hospital (normally this means calling an ambulance) accompanied by a member of staff who must inform medical staff that non-accidental injury is suspected. Parents must be informed that the child has been taken to hospital.
  7. Exceptional circumstances: If it is feared that the child might be at immediate risk on leaving the E2’s site, take advice from the First Response Professionals Consultation line (for instance about difficulties if the school day has ended, or on whether to contact the police). Remain with the child until the Social Worker takes responsibility. If in these circumstances a parent arrives to collect the child, the member of staff has no right to withhold the child, unless there are current legal restrictions in force (eg a restraining order). If there are clear signs of physical risk or threat, First Response Children’s Duty should be updated and the Police should be contacted immediately.