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 on request.

The Designated Senior Person for Child Protection is: Ann-Marie Ellis.
The person who deputises in her absence is: Sharon Kettleborough.

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, 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 DfES guidance 'Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education' Jan 2007 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the school who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including e.g. volunteers and staff employed by contractors. 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. It also includes undertaking interviews and, where appropriate, undertaking ISA Children's List and Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Safer Working Practice
The school has adopted and made all staff & volunteers aware of the DCSF "Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings."

Safeguarding Information for pupils
The school is committed to ensuring that pupils are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe. All pupils know that we have a senior member of staff with responsibility for child protection and know 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.

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

Partnerships with others
The school recognises that it is essential to establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies e.g. CYPS, Social Services, Barnardo's, Police, Health, District Council, Childline in Partnership with schools, NSPCC, National Youth Advocacy Service, Surestart ,Children's Fund etc

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.

A full copy of the Child Protection Policy is available on request

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