Child Protection Policy

We monitor the impact of all policies on pupils, staff, parents and governors with particular reference to the impact on the attainment and wellbeing of pupils.

As a Roman Catholic College we believe that our policy should reflect our mission statement, which calls us to love and honour the dignity of every individual.

OUR MISSION

Newman College believes that the protection of children should be an integral part of the ethos of the College, we are a “listening” College which creates an atmosphere in which children feel secure, that their viewpoints are valued, and that they are encouraged to talk and are listened to, in keeping with the principles of the College Mission Statement.

Newman College will follow the procedures as laid down by Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board, Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual and Department of Education: Keeping Children Safe In Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges, will respect issues of confidentiality and will give priority to working together with other agencies to protect children in our care particularly those who have been identified as being “at risk”.

In this statement, and policy, includes ALL Staff and any other person employed to work in the College who has contact with our children.

Newman College benefit from a wealth of Internal and External support.

Internal:
I. Trained/Experienced Safeguarding Staff on hand to offer Child Protection Advice and Support.
II. On-line Resources.
III. Regular Staff Supervision
IV. Programme of Training opportunities throughout this Academic Year.
V. Regular amendments/update to the Safeguarding Folder- in line with Government changes

Internal Personnel:

SLT Link:Kate Diveney (Assistant Head Teacher)
Designated Child Protection:Margaret Sweeney/Lindsay Lloyd/Jayne Greenwood/Jenny Huddart
Safeguarding Governor:Christine Cavill
PREVENT SLT Link:Glyn Potts (Deputy Head Teacher)
PREVENT Governor:Margaret Sweeney
School Nurse:Gillian Leigh

EXTERNAL SAFEGUARDING/CHILD PROTECTION SUPPORT STRUCTURE

I. Children’s Social CareMASH Team
II. LSCBDavid Devane
III. Local Authority Designated Officer(LADO)Colette Morris
IV.GMP Police Child Protection UnitPPUI Team
V. PREVENTMike Walker – OMBC
VI.Phoenix TeamMichelle Clayton

THE ROLE OF THE HEADTEACHER AND GOVERNORS

The Governing Body takes seriously their responsibility under Section 175/157 of the Children Act 200 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and to work to together with external agencies.

Keeping Children Safe In Education: Part Two: The Management of Safeguarding – the responsibility of Governing Bodies, Proprietors and Management Committees- 5th September 2016.

The Head teacher and Governors of the College will seek to fully support the role and responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead for child protection through ensuring that:

• To ensure Safer Recruitment checks are carried out (DBS) on all staff and volunteers.
• Staff are aware of the Designated Safeguarding Team;
• Staff receive Statutory Guidance; Part One: Safeguarding Information for All Staff (Department Of Education September 2016).
• Inter-agency procedures are known and followed;
• Time is available for the Designated Safeguarding Leads to attend on-going and updated training;
• Time and the necessary resources are available for the Designated Safeguard Leads to carry out their role and responsibilities;
• An annual report to governors is provided which details the training undertaken during the year and monitors and reviews the College policy and in-school procedures. (Appendix Two)

THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEADS
The Designated Safeguarding Team for Child Protection are:

Mr M McGhee;Head Teacher
* Mr G R Potts;Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs K Diveney;Assistant Head Teacher (Behaviour & Safety)
*Miss M Sweeney;Pastoral
*Mrs Lloyd;Inclusion
*Mrs GreenwoodPastoral
*Miss HuddartPastoral
*Christine CavillSafeguarding/Child Protection Governor

*Designated Safeguarding staff who have undertaken PREVENT Awareness and Home Office WRAP training.

This team is the first point of reference for any issue/concerns in relation to child protection at Newman College.
There is a designated Governor for Safeguarding/ Child Protection/PREVENT.

  • WE DO NOT EXPECT OUR STAFF TO BE “EXPERT” IN RECOGNISING AND DEALING WITH SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE. WE ALSO FIRMLY SUPPORT THE VIEW THAT IT IS FOR THE POLICE AND CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE TO CARRY OUT ANY NECESSARY INVESTIGATIONS, NOT THE COLLEGE, AFTER SUBMITTING A REFERRAL.Newman College’s Designated Safeguarding Leads will seek to:• Co-ordinate action in cases of child safeguarding both within Newman College and with external partner agencies;
    • Act as a consultant for Newman College staff and external partner agencies about particular children;
    • Ensure that appropriate staff within Newman College know sufficient about the child at risk to cope with him/her within school and protect him/her;
    • Keep information regarding children on the Child Protection Register, informing staff appropriately;
    • Pass on information when children change schools in line with the Data Sharing Guidelines:
    The Management and Sharing Of Safeguarding Information;
    • Liaise with Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board and Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Board;
    • Attend Network Meetings for Designated Persons for Safeguarding in Schools;
    • Arrange on-going whole College awareness raising and staff development (including support staff), with regard to child protection.

    THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EVERY MEMBER OF STAFF WILL BE TO:

    • Know the members of the Designated Safeguarding Team are;
    • Statutory Requirement to Read and Sign acknowledgement of receiving of Part One: Safeguarding Information for All Staff (Department Of Education September 2016).
    • Be familiar and follow the Internal College procedures; Staff Information Safeguarding Documents.
    • Understand the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead;
    • Attend Internal Safeguarding Training;
    • Ensure that in front of other pupils they do not treat any child they know to have suffer significant harm or abuse differently from other pupils;
    • Have a general awareness of the possible indicators of abuse;
    • Keep confidential any sensitive information which has been shared with them.

    IF A MEMBER OF STAFF HAS CONCERNS ABOUT A CHILD, OR A CHILD HAS DISCLOSED ABUSE

    • Staff will follow the guidelines and the Designated Safeguarding staff will then follow the internal-Safeguarding/ Child Protection procedures.
    • safeguarding@newman email *please see Appendix One*
    • The same procedures applies in the cases of Child on Child Abuse.
    • Children and Families New to England or the UK- If necessary involve representation from the interpreter services.

    Listen carefully, reassure them that they were right to tell you.
    Do not try to investigate or ask leading questions.
    Explain that you must tell someone else who can help them.
    Report your concerns in person to a Designated Child Protection Officer as a matter of urgency, and send a follow up email confirming the details given in your verbal report.
    Record your information and hand it to DCPO (Safeguarding Forms in Shared Folder).
    Do not discuss or pass judgement.

    RECORDING, STORING AND SHARING INFORMATION

    All confidential information relating to pupils is stored in a locked cabinet in the Headteacher’s office. Only the Head teacher and the Designated Safeguarding Lead have keys to this cabinet, and access to
    any information is through them.

    The key holders of the cabinet undertake to preserve the right to confidentiality of any child. Relevant information will only be shared on a “need to know” basis with appropriate staff who have regular
    contact with the pupil concerned.

    Once any information has, of necessity, been shared with a member of staff, that member of staff must undertake not to discuss the information with anyone who is not in possession of the same
    information.

    Data Sharing Guidelines- The Management and Sharing of Safeguarding Information
    If a pupil transfers to another school or educational establishment, the following action will be taken:

    A Transfer Documentation for Education Establishments to be completed by the Designated Safeguarding Lead

    (i) If the child is on a Child Protection, Child In Need Plan or is on the caseload of the Early Help Team or Phoenix (CSE), a meeting will be held with one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads from the receiving school, at which all relevant information will be transferred. If possible, one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads to attend the next case review; and

    (ii) If the child is not on a Child Protection, Child In Need Plan or receiving support from the Early Help Team or Phoenix (CSE) but either has been in the past, or if concerns exist, a summary note will accompany the child’s information to the new school, which indicates that the Designated Safeguarding Lead is available for informal discussion if the new school considers it necessary. Confidential information on children in this position will be stored by this College for a period of five years. Unless the child is registered as “at risk” at the new school these records will be destroyed after that time.

    Child Missing Education (CME)
    Children Missing Education Statuary Guidance for Local Authorities September 2016
    If a child whom the College has concerns about, or who is on a Child Protection/Child In Need Plan or on the caseload of Phoenix (CSE) is “missing”, the College will make initial enquiries as to the whereabouts of the child, and refer the matter urgently to the relevant partner agencies if required.

    STAFF TRAINING
    Any new member of staff will be required to undertake:
    • Internal Safeguarding/Child Protection awareness session with the Designated Safeguarding Lead on this policy and procedure;
    • Statutory Requirement to Read and Sign acknowledgement of receiving of Part One: Safeguarding Information for All Staff (Department Of Education February 2017).

    All members of staff will be regularly updated by the Designated Safeguarding Lead on any changes in Local Authority procedures, Department for Education: Keeping Children Safe In Education (Part One: Guidance Commences February 2017), Working Together To Safeguard Children (2013).
    A review and discussion of the school’s response as outlined in this document, will take place every Academic year and be reported to the governors.

    The College undertakes to ensure that the Designated Safeguarding Lead will be allowed to attend relevant training on behalf of all the staff at Newman College and will in turn be given whole-staff training time to pass on that training to all staff.

    INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS & CARERS
    The following statement will appear in the College’s prospectus to inform parents of the College’s duty in this respect.

    Safeguarding Children
    Parents should be aware that Newman College will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of pupils. Where the College is concerned that a child may be the subject of ill-treatment or other forms of significant harm or abuse, including Physical, Emotional, Sexual or Neglect: staff must follow Oldham’s Local Safeguarding Children Board’s Procedures and report their concerns to Oldham Children’s Social Care- MASH-Team- Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub or Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
    Child Sexual Exploitation/Sex Abuse
    Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board’s procedures instruct the College to contact The MASH Team or the Police Protection Unit directly, where sexual abuse is alleged/suspected.

    i) Adult on Child OR
    ii) Child on Child

    Otherwise in any discussion of concerns with parents a copy of the Oldham leaflet for the public on child protection will be shared.

    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    Section 5B of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003(as inserted by section 74 of the Serious Crime Act 2015) Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation procedural information:
    Places statutory duty upon the teacher/staff member to report to the police cases where they discovered that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out. The duty does not apply in relation to at risk or suspected cases, in these cases the staff member must inform the college’s designated safeguarding lead who must follow the Safeguarding Children Board’s Procedures and report their concerns to Oldham Children’s Social Care- MASH-Team- Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub or Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

    UKCCIS Guidance: Sexting in schools and colleges: Document
    Responding to incidents and Safeguarding Young People
    This advice document is non-statutory and should be read alongside the Department for Education’s (DfE) Keeping Children Safe in Education.
    In addition to Brook- Sexual Behaviour Traffic Light Tool.

    PREVENT Duty Children/Young people at risk of Radicalisation
    From 1st July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Chapter 6), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the PREVENT DUTY.
    Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board’s procedures instruct the College to contact GMP PREVENT/CHANNEL, Police Protection Unit directly, where radicalisation is alleged/suspected.

    PREVENTIVE WORK IN COLLEGE
    The Channel Project is an early intervention strategy aimed at identifying and supporting individuals (including children) vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists. It is a mechanism for ensuring these individuals are assessed and supported by professionals using statutory safeguarding frameworks and multi-agency working.

    The PREVENT file is located in the Safeguarding Document file.
    Staff files/ information for staff/ safeguarding document folder/ PREVENT/Risk of Radicalisation.

    Named PREVENT lead(s) within Newman College.

    Margaret Sweeney Pastoral Manager/Governor
    Glyn Potts Deputy Head Teacher

    Work In College
    The College will make use of resources available in the authority to encourage the development of the College as a “listening” College.

    The PHSE curriculum and personal relationships curriculum will be examined to identify any areas in which direct teaching might be appropriate to support children in protecting themselves and in recognising the need to protect others including working with The MASH Team, Greater Manchester Police, Barnados, Early Help Team (formerly CAF), Phoenix Team (formerly Messenger) to address issues around Child Sexual Exploitation.

    The LSCB and Oldham Council commissioned GW Theatre Company to deliver “Someone’s Sister, Someone’s Daughter- The play is accompanied by before and after lesson plans which help in raising awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation.

    The LSCB and Oldham Council commissioned GW Theatre Company to deliver “From one Extreme to another’- The play is accompanied by before and after lesson plans which help in raising awareness about Radicalisation and Extremism.

    MaD Theatre Company to deliver play exploring issues around teenage safe and healthy relationships called “Black Eyes & Cottage Pie”. The play includes Issues such as Sexting, Controlling behaviour, Consent and Domestic Abuse. It has been validated by Greater Manchester Police and Ofsted.
    “Black Eyes & Cottage Pie”. It is a 30 minute multimedia performance which means there is live action as well as film footage and it covers a number of issues including abuse and controlling behaviour in young people’s relationships, sexting and the consequences of possessing indecent images of people under 18 years of age and consent for sex.
    E-Safety assemblies and guidance delivered whole school.

    E-Safety training to be delivered whole staff annually.
    Safeguarding Awareness training delivered to whole staff, annual INSET September (2017).

    POLICY REVIEW
    Newman College’s Child Protection Policy will be reviewed by Designated Safeguarding Leads and staff trained in Safeguarding, in the light of the monitoring process every 12 months.

    This policy should be reviewed by the appropriate Governors’ Committee every three years, or when statutory requirement makes it appropriate.

    Reviewed: September 2017
    Child Protection Policy

    Next Review Date September 2018

    Reference;
    This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the Children Act 1989; and in line with Government Publications.

    Department of Education: Keeping Children Safe In Education (July 2015)
    Section 11 Children Act 2004(Statutory Guidance)
    Statutory guidance for Schools and Colleges; Part One: Safeguarding Information for All Staff (February 2017)
    The PREVENT Duty (June 2015)
    Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015(“the CTSA 2015) Chapter 6
    Greater Manchester Safeguarding Board
    Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedure Manual
    Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board
    Oldham MAST Team- Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (Established December 2013)
    “Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and Their Families” 2000
    Oldham’s Network for Designated Persons for Safeguarding in School
    “Working Together To Safeguard Children” DfE (2013)
    “What To Do If You Are Worried A Child Is Being Abused “2006
    Children Missing Education (CME) statutory guidance for local authorities (September 2016)
    UKCCIS Guidance: Sexting in schools and colleges (September 2016)
    FGM – Section 5B of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003- Section 74 Serious Crime Act 2015
    Brook- Sexual Behaviour Traffic Light Tool Kit (October 2015)

    Useful email contacts:

    Department for Education dfe@education.gov.uk
    Greater Manchester Schools http://greatermanchestersch.proceduresonline.com
    Ofsted-Safeguarding http://www.ofsted.gov/news/children
    MASH Team Child.Mash@oldham.gov.uk
    Phoenix Team Operation.messenger@gmp.police.uk
    Channel Prevent Team david.bull@gmp.pnn.police.uk

    Mike Walker (LA Prevent officer) mike.walker@oldham.gov.uk

    Oldham Local Safeguarding Board www.oldham.gov.uk/lscb
    David Devane david.devane@oldham.gov.uk
    Collette Morris (LADO) collette.morris@oldham.gov.uk