Child Protection Policy

North Ealing Primary School
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1. Aims

The school aims to ensure that:

  • Appropriate action is taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare
  • All staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities with respect to safeguarding
  • Staff are properly training in recognizing and reporting safeguarding issues

2. Legislation and statutory guidance

This policy is based on the Department for Education’s statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), and the Governance Handbook. We comply with this guidance and the arrangements agreed and published by our 3 local safeguarding partners.

This policy is also based on the following legislation:
• Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, which places a duty on schools and local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils
The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, which set out what must be recorded on the single central record and the requirement for at least one person conducting an interview to be trained in safer recruitment techniques
The Children Act 1989 (and 2004 amendment), which provides a framework for the care and
protection of children
• Section 5B(11) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, as inserted by section 74 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, which places a statutory duty on teachers to report to the police where they discover that female genital mutilation (FGM) appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18
Statutory guidance on FGM, which sets out responsibilities with regards to safeguarding and supporting girls affected by FGM
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which outlines when people with criminal convictions can work with children
• Schedule 4 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which defines what ‘regulated activity’ is in relation to children
Statutory guidance on the Prevent duty, which explains schools’ duties under the CounterTerrorism and Security Act 2015 with respect to protecting people from the risk of radicalisation and extremism
• The Childcare (Disqualification) and Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (referred to in this policy as the “2018 Childcare Disqualification Regulations”) and Childcare Act 2006, which set out who is disqualified from working with children

This policy also meets requirements relating to safeguarding and welfare in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

3. Definitions

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Child protection is part of this definition and refers to activities undertaken to prevent children suffering, or being likely to suffer, significant harm.

Abuse is a form of maltreatment of a child and may involve inflicting harm or failing to act to prevent harm. Appendix 1 explains the different types of abuse.

Neglect is a form of abuse and is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Appendix 1 defines neglect in more detail.

Sexting (also known as youth produced sexual imagery) is the sharing of sexual imagery (photos or videos) by children

Children include everyone under the age of 18.

The following 3 safeguarding partners are identified in Keeping Children Safe in Education (and defined in the Children Act 2004, as amended by chapter 2 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017). They will make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children, including identifying and responding to their needs:

  • The local authority (LA)
  • A clinical commissioning group for an area within the LA
  • The chief officer of police for a police area in the LA area

4. Equality Statement

Some children have an increased risk of abuse, and additional barriers can exist for some children with respect to recognising or disclosing it. We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and recognise children’s diverse circumstances. We ensure that all children have the same protection, regardless of any barriers they may face.

We give special consideration to children who:

  • Have special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities (see section 9)
  • Are young carers
  • May experience discrimination due to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification or sexuality
  • Have English as an additional language
  • Are known to be living in difficult situations – for example, temporary accommodation or where there are issues such as substance abuse or domestic violence
  • Are at risk of FGM, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, or radicalisation
  • Are asylum seekers
  • Are at risk due to either their own or a family member’s mental health needs
  • Are looked after or previously looked after

5. Roles & Responsibilities

Safeguarding and child protection is everyone’s responsibility. This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and governors in the school and is consistent with the procedures of the 3 safeguarding partners. Our policy and procedures also apply to extended school and off-site activities.

5.1 All staff

All staff will read and understand part 1 and Annex A of the Department for Education’s statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and review this guidance at least annually.

All staff will be aware of:

  • Our systems which support safeguarding, including this child protection and safeguarding policy, the staff code of conduct, the role and identity of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputies, the Behaviour for Learning policy, and the safeguarding response to children who go missing from education
  • The early help process (sometimes known as the common assessment framework) and their role in it, including identifying emerging problems, liaising with the DSL, and sharing information with other professionals to support early identification and assessment
  • The process for making referrals to local authority children’s social care and for statutory assessments that may follow a referral, including the role they might be expected to play
  • What to do if they identify a safeguarding issue or a child tells them they are being abused or neglected, including specific issues such as FGM, and how to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality while liaising with relevant professionals
  • The signs of different types of abuse and neglect, as well as specific safeguarding issues, such as child sexual exploitation (CSE), indicators of being at risk from or involved with serious violent crime, FGM and radicalisation

Section 13 and appendix 4 of this policy outline in more detail how staff are supported to do this.

5.2 The designated safeguarding lead (DSL)

The DSL is a member of the senior leadership team. Our DSL is Michael Belsito, Deputy Headteacher. The DSL takes lead responsibility for child protection and wider safeguarding.

During term time, the DSL will be available during school hours for staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns.

Staff can always email the DSL mbelsito.307@lgflmail.org outside of these hours if they have concerns.

When the DSL is absent, the DSL deputies – Sally Flowers, Headteacher and Marcia Bruley, Deputy Headteacher – will act as cover.

Outside lettings during out-of-term times will have their own safeguarding procedures – see Appendix 3

The DSL will be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to:

  • Provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters
  • Take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings and/or support other staff to do so
    Contribute to the assessment of children
  • Refer suspected cases, as appropriate, to the relevant body (local authority children’s social care, Channel programme, Disclosure and Barring Service, and/or police), and support staff who make such referrals directly

The DSL will also keep the headteacher informed of any issues, and liaise with local authority case managers and designated officers for child protection concerns as appropriate.

The full responsibilities of the DSL and deputies are set out in their job description.

5.3 The governing board

The governing board will approve this policy at each review, ensure it complies with the law and hold the headteacher to account for its implementation.

The governing board will appoint a link governor to monitor the effectiveness of this policy in conjunction with the full governing board; this is always a different person from the DSL. Our Link Governor is Andrew Dharman.

The chair of governors will act as the ‘case manager’ in the event that an allegation of abuse is made against the headteacher, where appropriate (see appendix 3).

All governors will read Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Section 13 has information on how governors are supported to fulfil their role.

5.4 The headteacher

The headteacher is responsible for the implementation of this policy, including:

  • Ensuring that staff (including temporary staff) and volunteers are informed of our systems which support safeguarding, including this policy, as part of their induction
  • Communicating this policy to parents when their child joins the school and via the school website
  • Ensuring that the DSL has appropriate time, funding, training and resources and that there is always adequate cover if the DSL is absent
  • Ensuring that all staff undertake appropriate safeguarding and child protection training and update this regularly
  • Acting as the ‘case manager’ in the event of an allegation of abuse made against another member of staff or volunteer, where appropriate (see appendix 3)
  • Ensuring the relevant staffing ratios are met, where applicable
  • Making sure each child in the Early Years Foundation Stage is assigned a key person

6. Confidentiality

Pupils and their families are entitled to confidentiality but school staff have a duty, in line with GDPR guidelines, to share confidential information with other professionals if a pupil is at risk, particularly investigating agencies. A child’s welfare will always take precedence in information sharing. It is important to note that The Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 and GDPR do not prevent, or limit, the sharing of information for the purposes of keeping children safe.

This includes allowing practitioners to share information without consent. (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 paragraphs 78 and 80)

If a pupil confides in a member of staff and requests that the information is kept secret, it is important that the member of staff tells the child sensitively that he/she has a responsibility to refer for the child’s own sake. Within that context, the child should however be reassured that the matter will be disclosed only to the people who need to know about it.

Personal information about all pupils’ and their families is regarded by those who work in this school as confidential. Staff who receive information about children and families in the course of their work should have the information only within their professional context.

All records relating to child protection incidents will be maintained by the Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputy, stored securely and only shared as is consistent with the protection of children.

The government’s information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners includes 7 ‘golden rules’ for sharing information and will support staff who have to make decisions about sharing information

If staff are in any doubt about sharing information, they should speak to the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy)

7. Recognising abuse and taking action

Staff, volunteers and governors must follow the procedures set out below in the event of a safeguarding issue.

Please note – in this and subsequent sections, you should take any references to the DSL to mean “the DSL (or deputy DSL)”.

7.1 If a child makes a disclosure to you

PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH DISCLOSURES

It is vital that our actions do not abuse the child further or prejudice further enquiries.

If a member of staff receives a disclosure from a child they should:-

Listen
– take what the child says seriously
– accept what the child says

  1. Stay calm and in control.
  2. Reassure and make the child feel safe.
  3. Use open questions such as “is there anything else you want to tell me?” or “yes?” or “and?”
  4. Do not ask leading or probing questions – it is not our role to investigate
  5. Make notes about what was said – noting the position of any physical injuries/marks if appropriate, on a body map.
  6. Don’t promise confidentiality, reassure the pupil that they have done the right thing, explain whom you will have to tell (the Designated Safeguarding Lead) and why.
  7. Inform the designated teacher as soon as possible (see reporting procedures) and give them the notes made.

USE TED
Tell me what happened, Explain how this happened, Describe how this happened

REPORTING PROCEDURES

  • Urgent concerns which require an immediate response can be given verbally to the DSL but must be followed up by a written report using the pink CP concerns form. This should happen as soon as possible and within the same session, i.e. morning or afternoon on the same day.
  • Reports can be in note form but should be as full and accurate as possible and must include:
  • Full name of child
  • Reporting adult
  • Class
  • Location
  • Time of incident/disclosure by child
  • A factual description
  • Child’s account if given
  • Details of the person alleged to have caused the incident/injury (if appropriate)
  • Name of any witnesses and what they reported
  • Pink slips should never be left for the DSL without also informing him, or the Deputy Lead, verbally.

7.2 If a child is suffering or likely to suffer harm, or in immediate danger

Make a referral to children’s social care and/or the police immediately if you believe a child is suffering or likely to suffer from harm, or in immediate danger. Anyone can make a referral.

Tell the DSL (see section 5.2) as soon as possible if you make a referral directly.

URGENT ROUTE – Summary

Follow this route if you have an urgent suspicion or evidence or disclosure of:-

  • Physical abuse – particularly any unexplained injuries or marks on the body
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect

As a matter of urgency, refer to the DSL verbally, or the most senior member of staff if not available and follow up with a written record on the pink CP concerns slip. Do not leave the class unsupervised but report any later than the end of the teaching session following the disclosure and on the same day and while the child is in school.

The DSL will collect information from staff

The DSL will decide if a referral should be made to Social Care (Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service (ECIRS) call centre on 020 8825 8000).

The parents may be asked for information in any case which is not about sexual abuse.

Advice might be sought from the Social Care Child Protection Advisory and Consultation Service

If Social Care have become involved the verbal referral will be backed up by a written referral on the standard Social Care referral form, which will then be faxed or securely emailed via Switch Egress to the appropriate department.

The DSL will give feedback on any action plan, to the staff involved

Written referrals and subsequent reports of the event will be filed in the locked filing cabinet in the office of the DSL.

Support for the child will be planned and delivered

The class teacher and other involved staff will continue to monitor the child and refer back to the DSL if applicable.

URGENT ROUTE – Detailed Procedures

If a teaching or support member of staff suspects, or has evidence of or hears a disclosure of abuse, then within the same day, whilst the child is still at school, the following steps should be taken.

The staff member with the concerns tells the school’s DSL

Staff should go to the deputy lead or the most senior member of staff on the day if the DSL is absent.

The DSL will consult all staff that may have knowledge of the child’s welfare, i.e. previous class teacher, classroom support assistants, other staff who work with the class.

The DSL or deputy may see the child and the child may want to share their concerns. School staff should not question a child about sexual abuse concerns as this requires specialised training and should be left to the police child protection team or social care.

It may be appropriate to discuss the matter with the parent at this stage – it would never be appropriate to discuss issues of sexual abuse with the parent. Where appropriate, these meetings regarding safeguarding concerns will be followed up with communication in writing detailing the main action points so that all parties are aware of the next steps. This communication will be dependent on the nature of each case and agreed at the meeting.

The DSL must then decide if a referral to the Social Care call centre is required. Where a concern is shared by several agencies, i.e. by the school, the school nurse, the school medical officer, each agency must report it independently to Social Care.

Whatever the decision, the reasons for it and details, dates and times of what was said and/or seen by teachers, pupil and parents should be recorded on the pink CP slips and stored in the pupil’s file in the DSL’s office. Explanations of injuries given by parents and the child should be accurately detailed. Any opinion about the explanation should be noted as well but should not obscure the actual words used by the teller.

If there is uncertainty about whether to refer, then the DSL or the deputy should consult one or all of the following:

1) The pages in these procedures which give details of signs, symptoms and indicators of abuse
2) The Social Care office for the child’s home address
3) The LBE and Social Services Child Protection Advisory and Consultation Service
4) The LBE’s designated officer for child protection
5) The London Child Protection Procedures

  • Referrals should be made by phone to Ealing Children’s Integrated Response Service (ECIRS) call centre on 020 8825 8000. They will then pass the referral to the office for the child’s home address. The cause for concern, the facts of the case, information about siblings, past worries, contact with parents, any explanations offered, and any opinion, hearsay and judgement on the facts should be filled in on the standard CHILD AND FAMILY ENQUIRY/ REFERRAL FORM –electronic copies of the form are in M:\SMT\Child Protection\child protection forms. ECIRS should be asked to keep the school informed of developments.
  • The referral, and the details for it, should then be confirmed in writing and emailed via EGRESS or faxed to the relevant office.
  • When talking to ECIRS, it should be agreed who will tell the parents about the referral, and when this will happen. These decisions depend on the circumstances of individual cases.
  • In cases of sexual abuse the concerns must not be discussed with parents. Social Care will do this only after an inter-agency strategy meeting. School staff will be invited to this meeting. Advance warning may allow an abuser to bribe or intimidate a child. The same may apply in cases of physical abuse. Advising parents of the referral should happen after a discussion with Social Services.
  • Depending on the case and its outcome, then at the appropriate time, senior school staff will need to advise parents of the school’s actions and duty in the area of child protection. This can involve reference to the latest Government procedures that school must follow in such cases as well as acknowledgement of parents’ anger, distress or anxiety.
  • A member of staff should be allocated to talk to the child to acknowledge the referral and the concerns. How this will actually be done will depend on the age of the child. The child should be told who knows about the incident and they should be encouraged to approach staff at any time if they wish to discuss any worries. The child must be reassured that:
    • They were not to blame for any abuse;
    • They did the right thing in letting others know about it;
    • Adults will try to protect them.
  • Child abuse referral is a difficult and emotional task and allows for differing judgements. During or after a referral or investigation staff may wish to discuss what action should be taken as well as their own feelings about the case. The LBE’s designated officer will, if contacted, organise appropriate support for staff.
  • If staff feel that the response from Social Care is not correct, the DSL must challenge it. This is accepted and expected practice by Social Care and all agencies involved in child protection in Ealing. Initially, the complaint should go to the Social Care Team Leader, then to the Social Care Area Office Manager. The matter should also be raised with the LBE’s designated officer.

SCHOOL BASED PROCEDURES WHEN A CHILD IS ON THE CHILD PROTECTION REGISTER

  • When the school receives information and / or notification from Social Care about a child on the child protection register the information will go into the child’s file which will be kept separate from other school records and stored in the locked filing cabinet, in the office of the DSL. Access will be controlled. Hard copies of documents for pupils subject to CIN or Child Protection plans will also be kept in the locked filing cabinet.
  • The information will be shared on a ‘need to know’ basis with the senior staff and other staff who work directly with the child.
  • The DSL or deputy will generally represent the school at child protection meetings. If they are unable to attend then another member of the SLT will be asked to attend.
  • Academic progress, attendance, social development, information from the pastoral file and any other relevant information will be included in the schools report to the conference, which will be filled in on the standard social services form.
  • Concerns noted by the school once the child is registered will be referred to the DSL.
  • The child’s progress will be monitored by the class teacher who will report any concerns to the appropriate DHT/ DSL. If the child has been registered for special educational needs the SENDCO will also discuss the child with the class teacher as appropriate.
  • The DSL will advise social care when a pupil leaves the school.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Always be aware of your legal responsibilities which are:-

  • Never promise a child that their disclosures will remain a secret or confidential – staff have a responsibility to pass the information on to the relevant people
  • To share relevant information about the protection of children with other professionals, particularly investigative agencies
  • To respect the privacy of parents by not leaving paperwork where it can be seen by people who are not entitled to read it
  • Not to divulge information to people other than on a need to know basis

Always follow school policy and procedures.

Never make promises to a child that cannot be kept – always tell the truth.

If in doubt discuss matters with the Headteacher or deputy head.

Child protection records should always be kept in the locked filing cabinet in the DSL’s office. Access will be limited to people who have a ‘need to know’.

Statements should be written with the assumption that they are going to be SEEN by parents. The statements should clearly state whether it is OPINION or FACTUAL information being reported.

If appropriate other members of staff will be made aware of a child experiencing difficulties, without any of the background details.

Everybody involved will be kept up to date with any changes.

The school cannot prevent a parent from collecting their child without a court order.

If a court order is in place the name of the child will be underlined on the ‘Authority To Collect’ class list

7.3 If you discover that FGM has taken place or a pupil is at risk of FGM

The Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education explains that FGM comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs”.

FGM is illegal in the UK and a form of child abuse with long-lasting, harmful consequences. It is also known as ‘female genital cutting’, ‘circumcision’ or ‘initiation’.

Possible indicators that a pupil has already been subjected to FGM, and factors that suggest a pupil may be at risk, are set out in appendix 4.

Any teacher who discovers (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out on a pupil under 18 must immediately report this to the police, personally. This is a statutory duty, and teachers will face disciplinary sanctions for failing to meet it.

Unless they have a good reason not to, they should also discuss the case with the DSL and involve children’s social care as appropriate.

Any other member of staff who discovers that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out on a pupil under 18 must speak to the DSL and follow our local safeguarding procedures.

The duty for teachers mentioned above does not apply in cases where a pupil is at risk of FGM or FGM is suspected but is not known to have been carried out. Staff should not examine pupils.

Any member of staff who suspects a pupil is at risk of FGM or suspects that FGM has been carried out must speak to the DSL and follow our local safeguarding procedures.

At North Ealing, we recognise that we are in an “FGM Hotspot” nationally and that the girls most at risk are of primary school age (between 6 and 8 years old). North Ealing is aware of its duties and has robust procedures designed to safeguard our girls:

  • A robust attendance policy that does not authorise holidays, extended or otherwise
  • FGM training for the Designated Child Protection Officer
  • Appropriate briefings for staff, particularly at key points in the year
  • Clear systems for reporting concerns
  • Close liaison between the school office and the Designated Child Protection Officer over absences or concerns and discussions with relevant parents/social services as necessary

Staff are aware of the following key indicators:

Child at risk

  • Talk of a “special procedure”
  • Talk of vaccinations or talk of absence from school
  • Long holidays, especially summer holidays
  • A mother or older sibling has already undergone FGM

Child may have undergone FGM

  • Prolonged absence from school, with a notable change in behaviour upon return
  • Finding it difficult to sit still and appears to be experiencing discomfort or pain
  • Spending a long time away from class for toilet breaks
  • Asking to be excused from PE or swimming

7.4 If you have concerns about a child (as opposed to believing a child is suffering or likely to suffer from harm, or is in immediate danger)

Supporting All Children

The school will endeavour to support pupils to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge necessary to stay safe and to recognise and report concerns.

The content of the curriculum, in particular, the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum aim for children to develop an understanding of their rights (Unicef Rights Respecting School) and develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse. During IT lessons children will be taught about the dangers of the internet, at an age-appropriate level. Sex and Relationships education is also taught including raising awareness to different family structures to the conventional nuclear family. The curriculum overviews will outline the subject content.

The Place2Be counselling service is offered in the school for certain days of the week. The service provides opportunities for children to come forward and talk through emotions and issues during the Place2Talk lunchtime sessions, through targeted 1:1 counselling sessions or through group work. The service also provides support for parents and teachers with regards to dealing with children with emotional and psychological issues. Four volunteer councillors are led by a Project Manager who liaises regularly with the DSL. Any safeguarding issues which arise are reported to the DSL through the normal school reporting procedures.

The school ethos which underpins all school functioning promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment aimed at giving pupils a sense of being valued.

School procedures for managing behaviour, bullying incidents and online-safety support pupils in understanding what acceptable behaviour is and in learning to recognise that some behaviour is unacceptable.

The designated leads will offer guidance and support to staff who are working with pupils living in families experiencing difficulties relating to mental ill-health and/or substance misuse and/or domestic violence. The school will liaise with other agencies that support pupils such as Social Care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), education welfare service and educational psychology service. Support plans, working in partnerships with outside agencies, will be put in place for pupils who have been subject to abuse.

Where concerns still remain around a child

Figure 1 below illustrates the procedure to follow if you have any concerns about a child’s welfare.

Where possible, speak to the DSL first to agree on a course of action.

If in exceptional circumstances the DSL is not available, this should not delay appropriate action being taken. Speak to a member of the senior leadership team and/or take advice from local authority children’s social care. You can also seek advice at any time from the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Make a referral to local authority children’s social care directly, if appropriate (see ‘Referral’ below). Share any action taken with the DSL as soon as possible.

Early help

If early help is appropriate, the DSL will generally lead on liaising with other agencies and setting up an inter-agency assessment as appropriate. Staff may be required to support other agencies and professionals in an early help assessment, in some cases acting as the lead practitioner.

The DSL will keep the case under constant review and the school will consider a referral to local authority children’s social care if the situation does not seem to be improving. Timelines of interventions will be monitored and reviewed.

Referral

If it is appropriate to refer the case to local authority children’s social care or the police, the DSL will make the referral or support you to do so.

If you make a referral directly (see section 7.1), you must tell the DSL as soon as possible.

The local authority will make a decision within 1 working day of referral about what course of action to take and will let the person who made the referral know the outcome. The DSL or person who made the referral must follow up with the local authority if this information is not made available, and ensure outcomes are properly recorded.

If the child’s situation does not seem to be improving after the referral, the DSL or person who made the referral must follow local escalation procedures to ensure their concerns have been addressed and that the child’s situation improves.

See Section 7.2 above for further details on how to refer.

7.5 If you have concerns about extremism

If a child is not suffering or likely to suffer from harm, or in immediate danger, where possible speak to the DSL first to agree on a course of action.

If in exceptional circumstances the DSL is not available, this should not delay appropriate action being taken. Speak to a member of the senior leadership team and/or seek advice from local authority children’s social care. Make a referral to local authority children’s social care directly, if appropriate (see ‘Referral’ above).

Where there is a concern, the DSL will consider the level of risk and decide which agency to make a referral to. This could include Channel, the government’s programme for identifying and supporting individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism, or the local authority children’s social care team.

The Department for Education also has a dedicated telephone helpline, 020 7340 7264, which school staff and governors can call to raise concerns about extremism with respect to a pupil. You can also email counter.extremism@education.gov.uk. Note that this is not for use in emergency situations.

In an emergency, call 999 or the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 if you:

  • Think someone is in immediate danger
  • Think someone may be planning to travel to join an extremist group
  • See or hear something that may be terrorist-related

Figure 1: procedure if you have concerns about a child’s welfare (as opposed to believing a child is suffering or likely to suffer from harm, or in immediate danger)

(Note –if the DSL is unavailable, this should not delay action. See section 7.4 for what to do.)

Click here for the procedure

7.6 Concerns about a staff member or volunteer

If you have concerns about a member of staff or volunteer, or an allegation is made about a member of staff or volunteer posing a risk of harm to children, speak to the headteacher. If the concerns/allegations are about the headteacher, speak to the chair of governors.

The headteacher/chair of governors will then follow the procedures set out in the Local Authority procedures for dealing with allegations against staff.

Where appropriate, the school will inform Ofsted of the allegation and actions taken, within the necessary timescale (see appendix 3).

7.7 Allegations of abuse made against other pupils (Peer on Peer Abuse)

We recognise that children are capable of abusing their peers. Abuse will never be tolerated or passed off as “banter”, “just having a laugh” or “part of growing up”.

Whilst we recognise that peer on peer abuse might manifest itself in different ways and that different gender issues can be prevalent (e.g. that it is more likely that girls will be victims and boys perpetrators), it is important to note that all peer-on-peer abuse is unacceptable and will be taken seriously.

Most cases of pupils hurting other pupils will be dealt with under our school’s behaviour policy, but this child protection and safeguarding policy will apply to any allegations that raise safeguarding concerns. This might include where the alleged behaviour:

  • Is serious, and potentially a criminal offence
  • Could put pupils in the school at risk
  • Is violent
  • Involves pupils being forced to use drugs or alcohol
  • Involves sexual exploitation, sexual abuse or sexual harassment, such as indecent exposure, sexual assault, upskirting or sexually inappropriate pictures or videos (including sexting)

If a pupil makes an allegation of abuse against another pupil:

  • You must record the allegation and tell the DSL, but do not investigate it
  • The DSL will contact the local authority children’s social care team and follow its advice, as well as the police if the allegation involves a potential criminal offence
  • The DSL will put a risk assessment and support plan into place for all children involved (including the victim(s), the child(ren) against whom the allegation has been made and any others affected) with a named person they can talk to if needed
  • The DSL will contact the children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), if appropriate

We will minimise the risk of peer-on-peer abuse by:

  • Challenging any form of derogatory or sexualised language or behaviour, including requesting or sending sexual images
  • Being vigilant to issues that particularly affect different genders – for example, sexualised or aggressive touching or grabbing towards female pupils, and initiation or hazing type violence with respect to boys
  • Ensuring our curriculum helps to educate pupils about appropriate behaviour and consent
  • Ensuring pupils know the systems in school to raise concerns with staff, knowing they will be listened to, believed and valued.
  • Ensuring staff are trained to understand that a pupil harming a peer could be a sign that the child is being abused themselves, and that this would fall under the scope of this policy

7.8 Sexting

This is approach is based on guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Your responsibilities when responding to an incident

If you are made aware of an incident involving sexting (also known as ‘youth-produced sexual imagery’), you must report it to the DSL immediately.

You must not:

  • View, download or share the imagery yourself, or ask a pupil to share or download it. If you have already viewed the imagery by accident, you must report this to the DSL
  • Delete the imagery or ask the pupil to delete it
  • Ask the pupil(s) who are involved in the incident to disclose information regarding the imagery (this is the DSL’s responsibility)
  • Share information about the incident with other members of staff, the pupil(s) it involves or their, or other, parents and/or carers
  • Say or do anything to blame or shame any young people involved

You should explain that you need to report the incident, and reassure the pupil(s) that they will receive support and help from the DSL.

The DSL will make an immediate referral to police and/or children’s social care if:

  • The incident involves an adult
  • There is reason to believe that a young person has been coerced, blackmailed or groomed, or if there are concerns about their capacity to consent (for example owing to special educational needs)
  • What the DSL knows about the imagery suggests the content depicts sexual acts which are unusual for the young person’s developmental stage or are violent
  • The imagery involves sexual acts and any pupil in the imagery is under 13
  • The DSL has reason to believe a pupil is at immediate risk of harm owing to the sharing of the imagery (for example, the young person is presenting as suicidal or self-harming)

If none of the above applies then the DSL, in consultation with the headteacher and other members of staff as appropriate, may decide to respond to the incident without involving the police or children’s social care.

Further review by the DSL
If at the initial review stage a decision has been made not to refer to police and/or children’s social care, the DSL will conduct a further review.

They will hold interviews with the pupils involved (if appropriate) to establish the facts and assess the risks.

If at any point in the process there is a concern that a pupil has been harmed or is at risk of harm, a referral will be made to children’s social care and/or the police immediately.

Informing parents
The DSL will inform parents at an early stage and keep them involved in the process unless there is a good reason to believe that involving them would put the pupil at risk of harm.

Referring to the police
If it is necessary to refer an incident to the police, this will be done through dialling 101 and liaising with the local neighbourhood police

Recording incidents
All sexting incidents and the decisions made in responding to them will be recorded. The record-keeping arrangements set out in section 12 of this policy also apply to record incidents of sexting.

8. Notifying Parents

Where appropriate, we will discuss any concerns about a child with the child’s parents. The DSL will normally do this in the event of a suspicion or disclosure. Our aim is always to work constructively with our parents for the safety and wellbeing of our children and families.

Other staff will only talk to parents about any such concerns following consultation with the DSL.

If we believe that notifying the parents would increase the risk to the child, we will discuss this with the local authority children’s social care team before doing so.In the case of a disclosure of sexual abuse where a parent is the alleged abuser a conversation between school and children’s services will always take place first as to who is the best agency to inform parents.

In the case of allegations of abuse made against other children, we will normally notify the parents of all the children involved.

See Detailed Procedures in Section 7.2 above.

9. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities

We recognise that pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges. Additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group, including:

  • Assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration
  • Pupils being more prone to peer group isolation than other pupils
  • The potential for pupils with SEN and disabilities being disproportionally impacted by behaviours such as bullying, without outwardly showing any signs
  • Communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers
  • Reluctance to challenge carers , (professionals may over empathise with carers because of the perceived stress of caring for a disabled child);
  • Children with SEN and disabilitiesDisabled children often rely on a wide network of carers to meet their basic needs and therefore the potential risk of exposure to abusive behaviour can be increased.
  • An SEN or disabled child’s understanding of abuse.
  • Lack of choice/participation
  • Isolation

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will liaise closely with the SENCo and appropriate adults to ensure the safety of these children.

10. Mobile phones and cameras

Staff are allowed to bring their personal phones to school for their own use, but will limit such use to non-contact time when pupils are not present. Staff members’ personal phones will remain in their bags or cupboards during contact time with pupils.

Staff will not take pictures or recordings of pupils on their personal phones or cameras.

Mobile technology which is the property of the school can be used in line with our policies in the school.

We will follow the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018 when taking and storing photos and recordings for use in the school.

Please see the NES Online Safety Policy

11. Complaints and concerns

11.1 Complaints against staff

Complaints against staff that are likely to require a child protection investigation will be handled in accordance with the Local Authority’s procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse made against staff – a copy of this is available in the Staff Handbook.

All school staff should take care not to place themselves in a vulnerable position with a child. Staff should always conduct interviews or work with individual children or parents with or in view of other adults. All staff must understand that they are employed in a ‘Position of Trust’.

Staff must report to the headteacher any concerns which they have about the safeguarding practice of colleagues and volunteers. The headteacher will discuss the content of the allegation with the LA Designated Officer (LADO) for Child Protection in accordance with the local authority procedures for dealing with allegations against staff.

If the complaint is against the Headteacher this must be made to the chair of governors. The Chair will consult with the LA’s Lead Officer for Child Protection (LADO).

11.2 Other complaints

We take account of requirements related to complaints set out in the safeguarding and welfare section of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (paragraph 3.74 and 3.75). Early years procedures are in line with those for the rest of the school.

12. Record-keeping

We will hold records in line with our records retention schedule.

All safeguarding concerns, discussions, decisions made and the reasons for those decisions must be recorded in writing. If you are in any doubt about whether to record something, discuss it with the DSL.

Non-confidential records will be easily accessible and available. Confidential information and records will be held securely and only available to those who have a right or professional need to see them.

Safeguarding records relating to individual children will be retained for a reasonable period of time after they have left the school.

If a child for whom the school has, or has had, safeguarding concerns moves to another school, the DSL will ensure that their child protection file is forwarded promptly and securely, and separately from the main pupil file. In addition, if the concerns are significant or complex, and/or social services are involved, the DSL will speak to the DSL of the receiving school and provide information to enable them to have time to make any necessary preparations to ensure the safety of the child.

Safeguarding files are kept securely locked in the DSL’s office.

13. Training

13.1 All staff

All staff members will undertake safeguarding and child protection training at induction, including on whistle-blowing procedures, to ensure they understand the school’s safeguarding systems and their responsibilities and can identify signs of possible abuse or neglect. Staff will have external safeguarding training bi-annually,

All staff will have training on the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, to enable them to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas.

Staff will also receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, through emails, and staff meetings) as required, but at least annually.

Volunteers will receive appropriate training, if applicable.

13.2 The DSL and deputies

The DSL and deputies will undertake child protection and safeguarding training at least every 2 years.

In addition, they will update their knowledge and skills at regular intervals and at least annually (for example, through e-bulletins, meeting other DSLs, or taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments).

They will also undertake to Prevent awareness training.

13.3 Governors

All governors receive training about safeguarding, to make sure they have the knowledge and information needed to perform their functions and understand their responsibilities.

As the chair of governors may be required to act as the ‘case manager’ in the event that an allegation of abuse is made against the headteacher, they receive training in managing allegations for this purpose.

13.4 Safer Recruitment

At least one person conducting any interview for a post at the school will have undertaken safer recruitment training. This will cover, as a minimum, the contents of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and will be in line with local safeguarding procedures.

We will ensure that appropriate checks are carried out to ensure that individuals are not disqualified under the 2018 Childcare Disqualification Regulations and Childcare Act 2006. Where we take a decision that an individual falls outside of the scope of these regulations and we do not carry out such checks, we will retain a record of our assessment on the individual’s personnel file. This will include our evaluation of any risks and control measures put in place, and any advice sought.

Where appropriate, the school will carry out Section 128 checks on all new governors. Records of these checks will be kept in accordance with Part 3 of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ DfE 2018.

Where another body provides services or activities separately, using the school premises, the Business Manager will ensure that the body concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to safer recruitment and safeguarding children.

13.5 Staff who have contact with pupils and families

All staff who have contact with children and families will have supervisions which will provide them with support, coaching and training, promote the interests of children and allow for confidential discussions of sensitive issues.

14. Monitoring arrangements

This policy will be reviewed annually by the DSL. At every review, it will be approved by the full governing board.

15. Links with other policies

This policy should be read in conjunction with other safeguarding policies and in particular the following:-

  • Anti-bullying
  • Acceptable Use of Technology
  • Diversity & Equality Opportunities
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Health and safety and risk assessments
  • Health care plans
  • ICT and Online Safety
  • Whistleblowing
  • Complaints against staff
  • Race Equality
  • Safeguarding Statement
  • Safer Recruitment
  • SEN
Appendix 1: Types of abuse

Abuse, including neglect, and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label. In most cases, multiple issues will overlap.

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, although it may occur alone.

Emotional abuse may involve:

  • Conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person
  • Not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate
  • Age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction
  • Seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another
  • Serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve:

  • Physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing
  • Non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet)

Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.

Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment)
  • Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger
  • Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers)
  • Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

CHARACTERISTICS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF ABUSE

Physical Abuse
Bruising – position of marks
Changes in behaviour or attitude to work
Flinching
Aggressive behaviour
Appearing withdrawn
Reluctance to change clothes
Fear of adults – mistrust
Eating/over/under (obsessive behaviour *any)
Reluctance to make physical contact
Reluctance to go home
Relationships with peers/adults
Emotions – inappropriate responses
Children always have an unlikely reason for their injuries
Refusal to talk about injury – different accounts of injury
Tell you they’ve been hit/other source
Frequent absences
Protection of abuser
Show no pain – appear ‘hard’
Untreated injuries

Emotional Abuse
Passive – crying tearful
Self harm – cry for help
Excuse abuser
Fear of new situations
Possessive
Aggressive frustration – taking it out on others
Masturbation
Easy target for bullying
Fear
Lack confidence
Attention seeking
Avoidance of eye contact
Learning problems
Self mutilation
Upset easily
Collecting things – obsessive behaviour
Behaviour problems
Tiredness
Having older peers as friends
Secretive/Withdrawn – aloof/catatonic
Few friends – not joining in

Sexual Abuse
Physical signs /marks on body
Pressure marks for being restrained, scratches, bruising, burns, bite marks
Repeated infections – urinary
Imitating sexual acts
Masturbating
Touching themselves/others
Pulling trousers down
Age inappropriate sexual knowledge

Emotional signs
Withdrawn Low concentration
Erratic mood changes – aggressiveness, tears, etc.
Inappropriate sexual awareness – role play etc. and language used
Refusing to stay or go with certain people
Low concentration – change of work produced
Seek physical contact with adult
Inappropriate touching of adults by children/adults and children or fear of “physical contact” with
others (flinching)
Signs of discharges on clothing
Blood on underwear
Some not wanting to go to the toilet
Always doing something other than work
Eating problems – over/under eating

Neglect
Behaviour problems
Hungry and food content in pack lunch inappropriate
Soak up attention
Unexplained injuries – conflicting reasons given
Clothing in poor condition or dirty
Loners – lack friends (withdrawn – medication)
Medical problems/attention
Stealing
State/quality of person collecting or responsible for child (parent or carer)
Personal hygiene and appearance, skin colour, physique
Thumb sucking (hunger) rocking
Tired/lack of concentration
Inadequate supervision
Crying easily
Absence/lateness
Excuses/lying
Aggression (retaliating)
Depression – low self-esteem
Difficulty contacting parent
Relationships problems
Lots of siblings – eldest to look after others

Appendix 2: Safer recruitment and DBS checks – policy and procedures

Most members of the Core team including the school business manager have received safer recruitment training. Appropriate pre-appointment checks will be made for all staff and volunteers undertaking regulated activity as per the guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE (2018). Each staff selection panel will contain at least one member trained in Safer Recruitment. Safe staff checks will be undertaken on all adults working in the school to establish the suitability of a person to work with children in line with Ealing’s Safe Recruitment procedures.

We will ensure that appropriate checks are carried out to ensure that individuals are not disqualified under the 2018 Childcare Disqualification Regulations and Childcare Act 2006. Where we take a decision that an individual falls outside of the scope of these regulations and we do not carry out such checks, we will retain a record of our assessment on the individual’s personnel file. This will include our evaluation of any risks and control measures put in place, and any advice sought.

Where appropriate, the school will carry out Section 128 checks on all new governors. Records of these checks will be kept in accordance with Part 3 of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ DfE 2018

Where another body provides services or activities separately, using the school premises, the Business Manager will ensure that the body concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to safer recruitment and safeguarding children.

Please see the School’s Recruitment Policy for further details.

Appendix 3: Other specific safeguarding issues

The Early Years Foundation Stage

All the requirements of this policy apply equally to children in the EYFS so far as they are relevant to this age group. The child protection policy and procedure for the EYFS apply, in line with the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).

The school will notify Ofsted in the event of an allegation of serious harm or abuse by any person working in the early years setting.

Looked After Children

The designated safeguarding lead, Michael Belsito is the named teacher for Looked After Children (LAC) in school.

The lead will ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep Looked After children safe.

Private Fostering

A private fostering arrangement is one that is made privately (without the involvement of a local authority) for the care of a child under the age of 16 years (under 18, if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative, in their own home, with the intention that it should last for 28 days or more. (*Close family relative is defined as a ‘grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt’ and includes half-siblings and step-parents; it does not include great-aunts or uncles, great grandparents or cousins.) The school notes its duty to inform the Local Authority when aware of such arrangements.

Children who are the subject to court orders

  • Where a court order has been presented to the school, it will be scanned and attached to the pupil’s profile and annotated in both the quick note section on the front page of the pupil’s profile and also in the parent details on the Schools Information Management System (SIMS).
  • The information will be shared with the relevant staff
  • Class teachers are issued with a list of ‘adults authorised to collect’ and follow a procedure to ensure that children are not collected by anyone other than those authorised.
  • The school administrator will issue supply teachers with a list of ‘adults authorised to collect’, upon their arrival at the school
  • Staff are aware that children should not be handed over to adults who are not authorised
  • If there is any uncertainty, staff will refer to the DSL or deputy DSL and in their absence the most senior member of staff

Staff running clubs must check with the Office if there is a change with the usual pick up arrangements for any child.

Children missing from education

A child going missing from education, particularly repeatedly, can be a warning sign of a range of safeguarding issues. This might include abuse or neglect, such as sexual abuse or exploitation or child criminal exploitation, or issues such as mental health problems, substance abuse, radicalisation, FGM or forced marriage.

There are many circumstances where a child may become missing from education, but some children are particularly at risk. These include children who:

  • Are at risk of harm or neglect
  • Are at risk of forced marriage or FGM
  • Come from Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller families
  • Come from the families of service personnel
  • Go missing or run away from home or care
  • Are supervised by the youth justice system
  • Cease to attend a school
  • Come from new migrant families

We will follow our procedures for unauthorised absence and for dealing with children who go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions, to help identify the risk of abuse and neglect, including sexual exploitation, and to help prevent the risks of going missing in future. This includes informing the local authority if a child leaves the school without a new school being named, and adhering to requirements with respect to sharing information with the local authority, when applicable when removing a child’s name from the admission register at non-standard transition points.

Staff will be trained in signs to look out for and the individual triggers to be aware of when considering the risks of potential safeguarding concerns which may be related to being missing, such as travelling to conflict zones, FGM and forced marriage.

If a staff member suspects that a child is suffering from harm or neglect, we will follow local child protection procedures, including with respect to making reasonable enquiries. We will make an immediate referral to the local authority children’s social care team, and the police, if the child is suffering or likely to suffer from harm, or in immediate danger.

Child Criminal Exploitation – County Lines

Criminal exploitation of children is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines criminal activity: drug networks or gangs groom and exploit children and young people to carry drugs and money from urban areas to suburban and rural areas, market and seaside towns. Key to identifying potential involvement in county lines are missing episodes, when the victim may have been trafficked for the purpose of transporting drugs and a referral to the National Referral Mechanism should be considered. Like other forms of abuse and exploitation, county lines exploitation:

  • can affect any child or young person (male or female) under the age of 18 years;
  • an affect any vulnerable adult over the age of 18 years;
  • can still be exploitation even if the activity appears consensual;
  • can involve force and/or enticement-based methods of compliance and is often accompanied by violence or threats of violence;
  • can be perpetrated by individuals or groups, males or females, and young people or adults; and
  • is typified by some form of power imbalance in favour of those perpetrating the exploitation. Whilst age may be the most obvious, this power imbalance can also be due to a range of other factors including gender, cognitive ability, physical strength, status, and access to economic or other resources

Child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse that occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

This can involve violent, humiliating and degrading sexual assaults, but does not always involve physical contact and can happen online. For example, young people may be persuaded or forced to share sexually explicit images of themselves, have sexual conversations by text, or take part in sexual activities using a webcam.

Children or young people who are being sexually exploited may not understand that they are being abused. They often trust their abuser and may be tricked into believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship.

If a member of staff suspects CSE, they will discuss this with the DSL. The DSL will trigger the local safeguarding procedures, including a referral to the local authority’s children’s social care team and the police, if appropriate.

Indicators of sexual exploitation can include a child:

  • Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
  • Associating with other young people involved in the exploitation
  • Having older boyfriends or girlfriends
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted infections or becoming pregnant
  • Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • Suffering from changes in emotional wellbeing
  • Misusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • Going missing for periods of time, or regularly coming home late
  • Regularly missing school or education, or not taking part in education

Homelessness

Being homeless or being at risk of becoming homeless presents a real risk to a child’s welfare.

The DSL will be aware of contact details and referral routes into the local housing authority so they can raise/progress concerns at the earliest opportunity (where appropriate and in accordance with local procedures).

Where a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm, the DSL will also make a referral to children’s social care.

So-called ‘honour-based’ violence (including FGM and forced marriage)

So-called ‘honour-based’ violence (HBV) encompasses incidents or crimes committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community, including FGM, forced marriage, and practices such as breast ironing.

Abuse committed in this context often involves a wider network of family or community pressure and can include multiple perpetrators.

All forms of HBV are abuse and will be handled and escalated as such. All staff will be alert to the possibility of a child being at risk of HBV or already having suffered it. If staff have a concern, they will speak to the DSL, who will activate local safeguarding procedures.

Forced marriage

Forcing a person into marriage is a crime. A forced marriage is one entered into without the full and free consent of one or both parties and where violence, threats, or any other form of coercion is used to cause a person to enter into a marriage. Threats can be physical or emotional and psychological.

Staff will receive training around forced marriage and the presenting symptoms. We are aware of the ‘one chance’ rule, i.e. we may only have one chance to speak to the potential victim and only one chance to save them.

If a member of staff suspects that a pupil is being forced into marriage, they will speak to the pupil about their concerns in a secure and private place. They will then report this to the DSL.

The DSL will:

  • Speak to the pupil about the concerns in a secure and private place
  • Activate the local safeguarding procedures and refer the case to the local authority’s designated officer
  • Seek advice from the Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151 or fmu@fco.gov.uk
  • Refer the pupil to an education welfare officer, pastoral tutor, learning mentor, or school counsellor, as appropriate

Preventing radicalisation

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

Extremism is defined by HM Government as ‘Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’

In this school, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to share their views and to understand that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others. Children are taught about how to stay safe when using the Internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are upset or concerned about anything they read or see on the Internet.

We recognise that children with low aspirations are more vulnerable to radicalisation and therefore we strive to equip our pupils with confidence, self-belief, respect and tolerance as well as setting high standards and expectations for themselves.

We aim to ensure that:

  • Pupils are encouraged to adopt and live out our Learning Values. These complement the key “British Values” of tolerance, respect, understanding, compassion and harmonious living.
  • Pupils are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through the curriculum (e.g. PSHE/SMSC), assemblies and through the election of School and Sport Council members.
  • All pupils are aware of their rights as defined by the UNCRC and to this effect, NES is an accredited UNICEF Rights Respecting School.
  • Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school and when using the internet.
  • Pupils are always aware that they have a voice through, for example, the Safeguarding Group, the School and Sports Council, Place2Talk, and Pupil Voice.
  • Pupils participate in local community events so that they appreciate and value their neighbours and friends who may not share their faith background.
  • Pupil’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience are promoted through our planned curriculum and out of hours learning opportunities.
  • Pupils are supported in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.
  • Governors, teachers, teaching assistants and non‐teaching staff demonstrate an understanding of what radicalisation and extremism are and why we need to be vigilant in school.

There is no single way of identifying an individual who is likely to be susceptible to an extremist ideology. Radicalisation can occur quickly or over a long period.

Staff will be alert to changes in pupils’ behaviour.

The government website Educate Against Hate and charity NSPCC says that signs that a pupil is being radicalised can include:

  • Refusal to engage with, or becoming abusive to, peers who are different from themselves
  • Becoming susceptible to conspiracy theories and feelings of persecution
  • Changes in friendship groups and appearance
  • Rejecting activities they used to enjoy
  • Converting to a new religion
  • Isolating themselves from family and friends
  • Talking as if from a scripted speech
  • An unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
  • A sudden disrespectful attitude towards others
  • Increased levels of anger
  • Increased secretiveness, especially around internet use
  • Expressions of sympathy for extremist ideologies and groups, or justification of their actions
  • Accessing extremist material online, including on Facebook or Twitter
  • Possessing extremist literature
  • Being in contact with extremist recruiters and joining, or seeking to join, extremist organisations

Children who are at risk of radicalisation may have low self-esteem or be victims of bullying or discrimination. It is important to note that these signs can also be part of normal teenage behaviour – staff should have confidence in their instincts and seek advice if something feels wrong.

If staff are concerned about a pupil, they will follow our procedures set out in section 7.5 of this policy, including discussing their concerns with the DSL.

Staff should always take action if they are worried.

The school thus exercises its duties under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and ensures that all staff attend ‘Prevent’ training in respect of radicalisation and extremist behaviour. The school maintains vigilance and close liaison with the Local Authority over current concerns and issues, both local and national.

Checking the identity and suitability of visitors

All visitors to the school are required to use the digital sign-in upon arrival and wear photographic ID during their stay. The School requires that all visitors comply with its policy and procedures as outlined in the Safeguarding Advice for Visitors and Volunteers. Failure so to do may result in the visitor’s escorted departure from the school site and/or being refused permission to access the school site, either temporarily or permanently, in the future. The procedures are designed to safeguard all children and staff under this school’s responsibility both during school hours and out of school hour’s activities which are arranged by the school.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that students at North Ealing can learn and enjoy extra-curricular experiences, in an environment where they are safe from harm.

The procedures outline a clear protocol for the admittance of external visitors to the school which is understood by all staff, governors, visitors and parents. It conforms to child protection and safeguarding guidelines. It applies to all non-staff persons accessing the school site and applies during normal school hours, during after-school activities and on school organised (and supervised) off-site activities.

Activities out of school hours

This child protection policy applies equally to activities out of school hours. Arrangements for the management of lettings are outlined in our Lettings Policy. Individuals and organisations using the school premises to deliver activities for children (whether on the roll at North Ealing or otherwise) are required to provide confirmation of satisfactory safeguarding procedures. Documentation includes, but is not limited to, confirmation that they adhere to safer recruitment procedures, suitable arrangements in the event of non-collection of a child and confirmation that there will be a suitably qualified first-aider on-site during their activity. Site security remains of paramount importance and organisers/club leaders are responsible for the security of the premises and for controlling access thereto.

If a child brings a concern to a member of NES staff whilst they are in the care of another club (e.g. After School Club), the member of staff must raise this immediately with the responsible adult for the club who will then take responsibility for the concern in line with their safeguarding procedures. The NES member of staff will also follow up with a notification to the school DSL.

Non-collection of children

Please refer to the school’s Attendance Policy

Appendix 4. Child Protection Concern Form

Click here for the Child Protection Form

Copies are held in the School Office or from the DSL

The committee with oversight for this policy
Curriculum & Standards
Policy to be approved by the
Full Governing Body
Policy last reviewed by the Curriculum & Standards Committee
09/04/2020
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Body
09/04/2020
Policy / Document due for review
04/2021

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