Policies

Dales School policies for downloading.

Child Protection Statement:

The Dales School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including The Dales School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents. The school’s child protection policy is available publicly on the school’s website.

SCHOOL COMMITMENT

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Ann-Marie Ellis & Sharon Kettleborough  

And the person who deputises in their absence is: David Wilson

School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ref. KCSiE para 85), those living in adverse circumstances. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils.

Safer Recruitment and Selection

The school pays full regard to DfE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016; the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012; the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and NYCC Schools’ Recruitment procedures and guidance http://cyps.northyorks.gov.uk/hr-recruitment(login required).

We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in or on behalf of the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult and follow NYCC guidance on checking volunteers and contractors, http://cyps.northyorks.gov.uk/hr-safeguarding and  NYCC Education and Skills guidance on checking host families for educational visits and work experience providers http://visits.northyorks.gov.uk

 Safer recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job. When undertaking interviews, the school has regard to the principles of Value Based Interviewing www.nspcc.org.uk

 Where appropriate, the school undertakes checks of/has regard to:

·         the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

·         the Teacher prohibition list

·         the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009

·         any Section 128 direction  (Academies and Independent Schools)

All NYCC school staff are made aware that they are required to notify their line manager of any convictions or cautions during employment with the Council or if they receive a Penalty Notice for Damage or a Penalty Notice for Disorder. For those who drive on business at any point during their employment (Authority’s vehicle or own vehicle), this includes all motoring offences dealt with through the courts and penalty points on driving licences - whether awarded by a court or through fixed penalty notices.

 Early Years’ Staff are made aware that they are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands and warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment at the school/setting) or any circumstances which could lead to consideration of disqualification.

Schools must keep a single central record detailing a range of checks carried out on their staff (including supply staff, and teacher trainees on salaried routes) who work at the school and for independent schools, including academies and free schools, all member of the proprietor body.

 

Statutory requirements are such that:

  • an Enhanced DBS check is obtained for all new paid appointments to the school’s workforce

·         an Enhanced DBS check is obtained for volunteers further to a risk

     assessment considering the regularity, frequency, duration and nature

     of contact with children and the level of supervision of the volunteer by

     another person engaging in regulated activity (see paragraphs 122-  

     128 and Annex F KCSiE 2016)

  • schools will satisfy themselves that any contracted staff are DBS checked where appropriate (see paragraphs 135-158 KCSiE 2016)
  • schools will ensure that a check of any teacher prohibitions, including interim orders, is made on all teachers (see paragraphs 97-98 KCSiE 2016)
  • Academies and Independent Schools will ensure a check of any Section 128 direction
  • all new appointments to the school workforce who have lived outside the UK are subject to additional checks as appropriate
  • schools must satisfy themselves that agency and third-party staff have undergone the necessary checks by seeking confirmation from the relevant employer
  • identity checks must be carried out on all appointments to the school workforce before the appointment is made.

Since 1 January 2010 it has been mandatory that any appointments of maintained school staff are made by a recruitment panel that includes at least one person who has been trained in safer recruitment. Ofsted will request evidence as part of their inspections that each recruitment panel meets this requirement.

Sharon Kettleborough (Deputy Headteacher) and Cheryl Hagyard (SBM)  have undertaken training in Safer Recruitment and one of the above will be involved in all staff and volunteer appointments and arrangements (including, where appropriate, contracted services).

Training is available as follows:

Visitors

“Schools do not have the power to request DBS checks and barred list checks, or ask to see DBS certificates, for visitors (for example children’s relatives or other visitors attending a sports day). Head teachers and principals should use their professional judgment about the need to escort or supervise visitors.”

KCSiE 2016

Safer Working Practice

“All staff members should be aware of systems within their school which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This includes: the school’s child protection policy; the school’s staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct); and the role of the designated safeguarding lead.” KCSiE 2016

Safeguarding Information for pupils

The school is committed to ensuring that pupils are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, how they can keep themselves safe, how to share a concern and complain. All pupils are informed that we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead with responsibility for child protection and who this is. We inform pupils of whom they might talk to, both in and out of school, their right to be listened to and heard and what steps can be taken to protect them from harm.

The school is committed to ensuring there are opportunities in the school curriculum, for example through the Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) curriculum and by providing an age-related, comprehensive curriculum, for pupils to be taught about aspects of safeguarding in order to develop the knowledge and skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse, including on-line safety. We do this by:

  • developing healthy relationships and awareness of domestic violence, bullying, prejudice based bullying and violence based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender, faith or race, hate crime, relationship abuse, and other abuse
  • recognising and managing risks including online, cyber bullying, online grooming for sexual exploitation and radicalisation enabling pupils to become safe and responsible users of  technologies and the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example sexting and accessing pornography
  • enabling pupils to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the promotion of fundamental British values
  • recognising how pressure from others can affect their behaviour, including the risks of radicalisation to extremist behaviour
  • ensuring pupils have the opportunity to discuss controversial issues and develop tolerance and respect for others
  • raising awareness of female genital mutilation and forced marriage
  • making available appropriate local and online advice

 Additional aspects of safeguarding included in the curriculum are risks associated with:

·         substance misuse

·         gangs and youth violence

·         mental health

·         water, fire, roads and railways

The school has updated the curriculum aspects of related policies to ensure that they are aligned to our child protection policy.  This includes the school’s online safety, relationships and sex education, substance misuse, smoke-free, equalities and anti-bullying policies.

The school recognises the statutory duty, since April 2014, to publish information about the content of our PSHE curriculum on our school website

The school has acknowledged that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be statutory in all schools from September 2019 and is working towards embedding a whole school approach that will safeguard all pupils and meet the statutory requirements.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-rse-and-pshe

The school recognises the importance of using age appropriate curriculum resources and ensuring that there is a safe climate for learning which includes the setting of ground rules.

Parents /carers are invited to view any resources and discuss any concerns they have over any curriculum content within our PSHE curriculum provision.  Arrangements can be made by contacting the class lead in the first instance.

Training needs of staff are regularly reviewed to ensure that staff delivering safeguarding aspects of PSHE or online safety have the appropriate knowledge and skills.

The school monitors and evaluates  the impact of the safeguarding taught curriculum provision  through our school based monitoring and evaluation  processes  which include lesson observation, work scrutiny, feedback from  pupils, staff and parents/carers, data from the bi-annual Growing Up in North Yorkshire survey.

The following Information is made available to pupils; helplines, posters, NSPCC Childline

School’s arrangements for consulting with and listening to pupils are, School Council (each member of the council assigned to advocate on behalf of a named class in school), growing up in North Yorkshire Survey, online anonymous reporting systems)

 

We make pupils aware of these arrangements by advertising the school council and member’s respective responsibilities on the school notice board in the small hall.

Partnership with Parents/Carers

The school shares a purpose with parents to keep children safe from harm and to have their welfare promoted.

NYSCB www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk

NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk

CEOP https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/   

Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/   

Parent Zone http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/parent   

Childnet http://www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

Parents Protect www.parentsprotect.co.uk

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Schoolslearninganddevelopment/YourChildsWelfareAtSchool/index.htm

 

We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so in order to protect a child.

 

School will share with parents any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at risk of harm (see Section 3: 3 Action by Designated Senior Person)

We encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with Ann-Marie Ellis or Sharon Kettleborough (DSLs)  

The child protection policy should be available publicly either via the school or college website or by other means. We make parents aware of our policy via the school’s website. 

Partnerships with other agencies

The school recognises that it is essential to  establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies: Prevention Service, Children and Families Service, Barnardo’s, Police, Health, District Council, NSPCC ChildLine Schools’ Service, National Youth Advocacy Service, Children’s Centres  etc.)

 

All schools and colleges should allow access for children and families service staff from the host local authority and, where appropriate, from a placing local authority, for that authority to conduct, or to consider whether to conduct, an assessment including under section 17 or section 47. Consent from the parent and child (where of sufficient age and understanding) is required for assessments by the prevention service or under section 17.

 

School complies with the requirement under the Children Act 2004 to co-operate with other organisations and agencies in activities relating to children.

School Training and Staff Induction
The school's Designated Senior Person for child protection undertakes basic child protection training and attends training in inter-agency working (to standards agreed by the NYSCB) and refresher training at least every 2 years.

Support, Staff Meetings and Advice for Staff
At The Dales school, supervision provides support, coaching and training for staff and promotes the interests of children and fosters a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement which encourages the confidential discussion of sensitive issues.


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