Safeguarding Policy 2019 - 2020
Safeguarding children at Leys Primary School is the responsibility of everyone.
What do I do if I have a concern about the safety, care or welfare of a child or young person?
Come into school to speak to Mrs Rogers* - the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or
Mrs Gough - the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL); outside of school you can contact the Children's Services MASH duty team on 0208 227 3811
What is the Multi Agency Children’s Hub?
The Multi Agency Children’s Hub (MASH) is the first point of contact for anyone who has a concern about the welfare or safety of a child or young person or thinks they may need extra help and support. When they are contacted, they will listen to what they are being told and the different agencies might share information with each other to try and work out whether they can help.
The Multi Agency Children’s Hub https://bdsafeguarding.org/ is a partnership between:
- London borough of Barking and Dagenham Council
- Metropolitan Police
- NHS Health Partners
Any of the above will be able to assist you with your concern.
How do staff safeguard children in school?
All members of staff have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Therefore, all staff know who to go to in school and how to report any concerns they may have about a child being harmed or at risk of being harmed. We use an internal electronic recording system called MyConcern to report safeguarding concerns.
If I wanted to speak to the governing body about a safeguarding concern, who should I contact?
The Governing Body representative for Safeguarding and Child Protection is:
Dame Anna P.L. Hassan.
If the school are concerned that a child may be at risk from significant harm or is being abused, the school is required to refer their concerns to (MASH) and the police, if necessary. In some circumstances this may happen without the consent or knowledge of parents or carers. Our focus is the safety and well being of the pupil. Therefore, if the school believes that notifying parents could increase the risk to the child or exacerbate the problem, advice will first be sought from MASH and/or the police before parents are contacted.
The school also has a responsibility to act upon other concerns they may have about a child’s welfare in circumstances where there are no suspicions of child abuse. Examples of this may be when a child is demonstrating inappropriate behaviour, is involved in bullying, is failing to come to school or where difficulties at home are negatively affecting the child’s well being; is at risk of being drawn into terrorism. This list is by no means exhaustive.
The school will normally seek to discuss any concerns about a pupil with the pupil/pupils’ parents. It will be the DSL or her representative that will make contact with the parent in the event of a concern, suspicion or disclosure.
Our school has a safeguarding policy (see the top of this page) which explains all the above in much more detail. If you would like to see the full policy in printed format, a copy is available on request from the school office or can be located in pdf format from this page or from the Policies and Procedures section of this website (via the ‘Welcome’ tag).
The school’s policy for Safeguarding follows the agreed procedures and guidance for schools issued by LBBD Safeguarding Children Board. Further information on the work and responsibilities of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Local Safeguarding Children Board is available here.
Our Safeguarding Policy is in line with Section 175 of the Education Act 2002; Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006; The Teacher Standards 2012; Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018; Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2019; What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015.
Staff have been alerted to the changes outlined in the document, and our policy has been updated in accordance.
The policy will be reviewed in July 2020.
*(Mrs Rogers is also the designated teacher for Looked After Children and the person in charge of CAFs (Common Assessment Framework).
Leys Primary School works in partnership with 'Operation Encompass'.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.