CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
At Sussed Theatre Company, we aim to provide a safe environment, which will ensure that:-
1.1 The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work as part of Sussed. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.
1.2 In our school we respect our children. The atmosphere within Sussed is one that encourages all children to do their best but to feel confident and comfortable whilst doing so. We provide opportunities that enable our children to take and make decisions for themselves.
1.3 As the Theatre can be a hazardous area to work in, Our teaching helps to develop appropriate attitudes in our children and makes them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. We also teach them how to recognise different risks in different situations, and how to behave in response to them.
2 Aims and objectives
2.1 This policy ensures that all staff of Sussed Theatre Company are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue. Its aims are:
- to raise the awareness of all staff and identify responsibility in reporting possible cases of abuse; including the potential dangers posed to children by exposure to technology, cyber bullying through the internet, mobile telephone use, social networking and gaming.
- to ensure effective communication between all staff when dealing with child protection issues;
- to lay down the correct procedures for those who encounter an issue of child protection.
3.1 There is a named person at Sussed who is the Child Protection Co-ordinator. Matthew Stephenson-Adams has undergone Safeguarding Traning as part of his College Lecturing and is Suppoted by Naomi Long & Richard Long.
3.2 If any staff members suspects that a child in his/her class may be a victim of abuse, they immediately inform the named person about their concerns. Abuse can be of a sexual, emotional or physical nature. It can also be the result of neglect or cyber bullying.
3.3 Any action that the named person takes when dealing with an issue of child protection must be in line with the procedures outlined in the Child Protection guidelines.
The CPO should: –
- Identify signs of abuse and when to make a referral
- Refer cases to the relevant investigating agencies
- Liaise and have working knowledge of the how the Safeguarding Board operates
- Understand the conduct of a child protection conference, attend and contribute effectively
- Support and advise others
- Ensure all staff are aware of Safeguarding Policy and procedures including supply staff
- Ensure all staff have Safeguarding training and are able to recognise and report concerns immediately
- Manage clear, accurate, secure records
- Undergo training at least every 2 years
- Review policy annually
- Access resources as required
- Ensure that parents are aware of safeguarding policy to avoid conflict
- Provide information as required if child moves to another setting
- Ensure that all Looked After Children have an updated Personal Education Plan, that encompasses learning, attendance and emotional needs of pupils
SCHOOL PROCEDURE IF STAFF HAVE CONCERNS OR ARE SUSPICIOUS
- Staff should be alert to any changes in behaviour, presentation or circumstances of children, particularly when there is no obvious explanation.
- If they feel it is relevant, staff may ask how any injury or mark occurred, but if the child or parent is not forthcoming, they should not interrogate.
- Staff should monitor any concerns and should share this with the CPLO, Deputy CPLO or Head teacher who may check Safeguarding.
- It may be necessary in some instances, to involve other professionals e.g. school nurse, Access and Inclusion Officer, health visitor or G.P but should do so confidentially.
- The procedure for ‘Child at Risk’ should be followed if significant harm is suspected.
SCHOOL PROCEDURE ON CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORDING
All recording must be factual including dates, times and names of those involved. Include times that information was received and who it was passed to. List any concerns about the child or any relevant, factual information. Staff involvement must be recorded and all notes dated and signed. All information should be treated with the utmost confidentiality and never left in an open place. Other staff should be informed on a STRICTLY need to know basis. All information is exempt from access rights and no unauthorised person including those with parental responsibility has NO ACCESS.
3.4 The school’s named co-ordinator works closely with the Social Services department and the Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC) when investigating any allegations of abuse. All parties involved handle such investigations in a sensitive manner, but the interest of the child is of paramount importance.
3.5 If a child alleges abuse perpetrated by parents, the school usually makes a referral without communicating with parents first if it felt that by doing so there would be an additional risk of significant harm.
3.6 We regard all information relating to individual child protection issues as confidential, and we treat this accordingly. We only pass information on to appropriate persons. We inform the child at all stages of who is involved, and what information we have given them.
3.7 We require all adults employed in school to have their application vetted through police records in order to ensure that there is no evidence of offences involving children or abuse.
4 Monitoring and review
This policy is reviewed annually by Sussed Theatre Company
Previously reviewed on: