Keeping Our Children Safe

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We are highly committed to keeping our children safe at TMS, whether this be through safety within the building, safe playtimes, safe within friendships and safe from abuse, neglect or harm of any kind. We aim to give our children the confidence, self belief and know-how to keep themselves safe, and good communication skills to discuss and report concerns and worries.

If you are concerned about a child’s safety please contact the Multi Agency referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116.

Our Safeguarding Policy

Our safeguarding team

Designated safeguarding lead: Suzannah Teagle

Deputy designated safeguarding leads: David Hick and Claire Ewart

Designated teacher for children in care: Suzannah Teagle

At TMS we intend to create an environment and culture in which children are safe from abuse and in which suspicion of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. In order to achieve this we will:

Exclude known abusers

It will be made clear to applicants for posts within the school that the position is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act 1974. All applications for work within the school, whether voluntary or paid, will be interviewed before an appointment is made and will be asked to provide at least two references. All such references will be followed up.

In the case of applicants with unexplained gaps in their employment history, or who have moved rapidly from one job to another, explanations will be sought.

All appointments, both paid and voluntary, will be subject to a probationary period and will not be confirmed unless they have a police DBS check.

Seek and supply training

We will seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in school to ensure that they recognise the symptoms of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.

Prevent abuse by means of good practice

Adults will not be left alone for long periods of time with individual children or small groups.

Adults who are waiting for DBS confirmation will not be left alone with any children.

Children will be encouraged to develop a sense of autonomy and independence through adult support in making choices and in finding names for their feelings and acceptable ways to express them. This will give children self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches.

Respond appropriately to suspicions of abuse

We enable staff to quickly respond to any changes in a child’s behaviour or appearance. Changes in children’s appearance/behaviour will be investigated.

Concerns will be shared with the teacher who will share the information with the Headteacher.

The child’s welfare is paramount.

TMS staff understand they have a duty to report any concerns they may have about a child. Any concern will be referred to the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) if appropriate.

All such concerns and investigations will be kept confidential. The most commonly involved will be the teacher. We refer to the document ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’ issued by the Department of Health, and the document ‘Child Protection Procedures’ issued by LSCB.

If any volunteer or member of staff is accused of any form of child abuse, she/he will be interviewed immediately by the person in charge of the group. When the allegation is made, the volunteer or member of staff will be suspended immediately on full pay while an investigation is made.

Investigations will be in line with the area child protection committee and confidential records will be kept of the allegations and of all subsequent proceedings.

Keep Records

When worrying changes occur, it is recorded on CPOMS.

The record will include: name, address, age, time and dated factual observations, together with the name of the observer.

Such records will not be accessible to anyone in the school other than the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo (Designated and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders).

Liaise with other bodies

TMS operates in accordance with local authority guidelines. Confidential records will be shared with Social Care if appropriate.

Support Families

TMS staff will take every step to build up trusting relationships between families and the school. Where there are concerns, the school will continue to welcome the child and family while investigations proceed. Confidential records will be shared with a child’s parents/carers.

Where to Get Help

If you are concerned about a child’s safety please contact the Multi Agency referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116.

Local Police – 08452 777444

Social Care – 0300 123 1116

NSPCC – 01736 755828 or visit the NSPCC website.

There are many resources helpful to both professionals and families regarding safeguarding. Here a few documents and websites that give appropriate guidance.

Working together to safeguard children

Keeping children safe in education

Prevent duty guidance

Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners

Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

Early Help Hub – Cornwall

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. If a child or young person has been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident, Police will report this to schools before the start of the next school day. The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given, dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

You can find out more on the Operation Encompass website.