At Castle View school we work tirelessly to ensure our students are safeguarded from harm. As a School we and our staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, we make sure our approach is child-centred. This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
We work to our Child Protection Policy and it is written for all staff, parents, governors, volunteers and the wider school community. It forms part of the safeguarding arrangements for our school. This policy is available on the school website.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Keeping Children Safe in Education as:
- 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
Our school works in accordance with the following legislation and guidance:
Children Act 1989
Children Act 2004
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2016)
Working Together (HMG, 2015)
Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex (ESCB, 2015)
Serious Crime Act 2015 (Home Office, 2015)
Sexual Offences Act (2003)
Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006
Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners (HMG, 2015)
Data Protection Act 1998
Child Sexual Exploitation (DfE Feb 2017)
All of these documents are available online.
Roles and responsibilities
All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect them and to provide a safe environment in which they can learn and achieve their full potential. However, there are key people within schools and the Local Authority who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures. The names of those in our school with these specific responsibilities (the designated safeguarding lead and deputy designated safeguarding lead) are:
Assistant Head Teacher
& Designated Safe Guarding Lead
& Deputy Designated Safe Guarding Lead
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (and Deputy)
The designated safeguarding lead in school takes lead responsibility for managing child protection referrals, safeguarding training and raising awareness of all child protection policies and procedures. They ensure that everyone in school (including temporary staff, volunteers and contractors) is aware of these procedures and that they are followed at all times. They act as a source of advice and support for other staff (on child protection matters) and ensure that timely referrals to Essex Children’s Social Care (Family Operations Hub) are made in accordance with current Southend, Essex & Thurrock (SET) procedures. They work with the local authority and other agencies as required.
If for any reason the designated safeguarding lead is unavailable, the deputy designated safeguarding lead will act in their absence. If the concern is about a member of staff the head teacher must be informed. If it is about the Headteacher you must contact the chair of governors or the LADO.
If Parents have any concerns they should contact the school and ask for a member of the CastleView safeguarding team or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
If a child is immediate danger then you should call the police.
The Head teacher works in accordance with the requirements upon all school staff. In addition, he ensures that all safeguarding policies and procedures adopted by the governing body are followed by all staff.
All school staff
Everyone is our school has a responsibility to provide a safe learning environment in which our children can learn. All staff members are prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help and understand their role within this process. This includes identifying any emerging problems so appropriate support may be provided and liaising with the designated safeguarding lead to report any concerns. All staff members are aware of and follow school processes and are aware of how to make a referral to Social Care if there is a need to do so.
The governing body
The governing body ensures that the policies, procedures and training in our school are effective and comply with the law at all times. It ensures that all required policies relating to safeguarding are in place and that the child protection policy reflects statutory and local guidance and is reviewed at least annually.
The governing body ensures there is a named designated safeguarding lead and deputy safeguarding lead in place.
The governing body ensures the school contributes to inter-agency working, in line with statutory and local guidance. It ensures that information is shared and stored appropriately and in accordance with statutory requirements.
The governing body ensures that all staff members undergo safeguarding and child protection training at induction and that it is then regularly updated. All staff members receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates, at least annually, to provide them with the relevant skills and knowledge to keep our children safe.
The governing body ensures that children are taught about safeguarding, including online, ensuring that that appropriate filters and monitoring systems for online usage are in place. Our children will be taught how to keep themselves safe through teaching and learning opportunities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
The governing body and school leadership team are responsible for ensuring the school follows recruitment procedures that help to deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children. It adheres to statutory responsibilities to check adults working with children and has recruitment and selection procedures in place (see the school’s ‘Safer Recruitment’ policy for further information). It ensures that volunteers are appropriately supervised in school.