Safeguarding

"I like being at school because I feel safer and wake up feeling bright because it is a school day"… Year 5 pupil

Safeguarding Statement

The Minster Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Our Child Protection Lead is Wendy Jacobs (Headteacher). Our joint Child Protection Lead is Julian Greenfield (Deputy Headteacher).

 

NB: An updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education came into effect on 3rd September 2018. Our revised safeguarding policy, taking into account these changes, is due to be approved by our governing body at their next meeting. In the meantime, our practices reflect the revised guidance, which can be found by clicking here.

For the benefit of staff and others reading the revised guidance, a summary of the key changes in this version is as follows:

The new guidance contains additional information on the use of “must” and “should”.

The term “must” is for when the person in question is legally required to do something and “should” when the advice set out should be followed unless there is good reason not to.

 

Part one: Safeguarding information for all staff

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

This section now gives clearer information about the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and their deputies. For example, the section now stipulates that the identity of the DSL and any deputies should be shared at induction.

Policies within school

The new guidance states that all staff should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding, and that these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. The behaviour policy has now been included in this mandatory list that have to be explained at induction. The list is now updated to include: 

  • the child protection policy
  • the behaviour policy
  • the staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct)
  • the safeguarding response to children who go missing from education

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The paragraph on FGM clarifies that it is a legal requirement on teachers to report concerns.

 

Part two: The management of safeguarding

Multi Academy Trust schools – child protection policies

The new guidance document makes it clear that all schools and colleges should have their own individual child protection policy and that these reflect local circumstances. Multiple schools can have an overarching child protection policy, but local procedures and protocols should be reflected.

Peer-on-peer abuse

Peer-on-peer abuse is one of the key themes of changes in KCSIE 2018. An update has been part two, paragraph 90, to reflect the importance of Child Protection policies reflecting peer-on-peer abuse.

Contact numbers

New guidance states that where reasonably possible, schools should have more than one emergency contact number for their pupils and students.

Safer recruitment

The guidance now clarifies that at least one of the persons who conducts an interview has completed safer recruitment training.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)

The role of the DSL should be more clear, including who the DSL should be, the responsibilities of the DSL in regard to child protection files, and clarify the DSL's responsibility when considering information sharing in advance of transferring Child Protection files.

Looked after children and previously looked after children

This is a new section on the new requirements around previously looked after children highlighting the fact that they remain vulnerable.

The ‘use of reasonable force’

Clarity is given on when it may be necessary to use reasonable force and also the need to minimise reasonable force, particularly with SEN pupils.

 

Part three – Safer recruitment

This now contains new information clarifying the responsibility on schools when working with alternative provision providers.

There is also a revised checklist about checks for contractors.

And for Volunteers the new guidance provides additional links that signpost to the DBS workforce guides.

Clarity is also given on the minimum information that must be recorded on a Single Central Record (SCR).

The term homestay has been introduced which applies to children staying with host families.

Clarity that MATS should ensure the SCR is accessible to those entitled to examine that information.

 

Part four - Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff

Very limited changes.

 

Part five: Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment

A whole new section has been included in the statutory guidance.

Part 5 is there to provide guidance for schools and colleges on how they should respond to reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment.

This shows the importance that the DfE are placing on peer-on-peer abuse

In particular governing bodies and proprietors are signposted to an extra publication on sexual violence and harassment between children in schools and colleges - Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges which covers:

  • what sexual violence and sexual harassment is
  • schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities
  • a whole school or college approach to safeguarding and child protection
  • how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Annex A

This section has been updated and includes a table of contents.

New information is given on:

  • Children and the court system
  • Children with family members in prison
  • County lines
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Peer-on-peer abuse
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment

 

 

To view our current Safeguarding Policy, please click here

To view our Health and Safety Policy, please click here

To view our Critical Incident Plan, please click here

To view our e-safety Policy, please click here