Safeguarding at LSGS

Safeguarding at LSGS

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Safeguarding at LSGS:

  • The Nominated Safeguarding Children Adviser is Mrs G Junik
  • The Deputy Nominated Children Safeguarding Adviser is Mrs H Freeman
  • The Nominated governor for Safeguarding and child Protection is Professor Kate Loewenthal
  • In all cases the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) at the Safeguarding Children Board will be notified and a HR Advisor from the Human Resources Department.

Introduction

The aim of the school's CPP is to afford pupils of the school protection both inside and outside school. This is to be achieved whilst maintaining a sensitivity towards all parties involved. In other words efforts will be made to afford full protection for the pupils but avoiding the creation of an atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion.


Definitions of Abuse

These are drawn from the circular "Protecting children from Abuse. The Role of the Education Service."

Neglect : persistent or severe neglect, or the failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger, including cold or starvation, or extreme failure to carry out important aspects of care, resulting in the significant impairment of the child's health or development, including non-organic failure to thrive.

Physical injury : actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury (or suffering) to a child including deliberate poisoning, suffocation and Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.

Sexual abuse : actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child or adolescent. The child may be dependent and/or developmentally immature.

Emotional abuse : actual or likely severe adverse effect on the emotional and behavioural development of a child caused by persistent or severe emotional ill- treatment or rejection.


Identifying Abuse

Please note that the symptoms of abuse below are not proof of abuse.

Teachers in day-to-day contact with the children are well placed to note signs of abuse.

Indicators are: - substantial changes in behaviour (aggressive, withdrawn, attention- seeking, scared etc.), signs of physical abuse (bruises, cuts, etc.),physical neglect (unkempt, dirty clothing, etc.)


Action

Teachers, who notice signs of abuse, should afford the child opportunities to talk. They must take great care not to suggest problems to the child but simply to provide the child a sympathetic and listening ear.

The teacher should then inform the “designated teacher” of his/her suspicions.

The role of the designated teacher

The “designated teacher” will be the “Headteacher”. There will also be a senior teacher appointed to act as “designated teacher” in cases of substantial absence by the Headteacher.

The role of the “designated teacher” will be as laid out in the circular mentioned above.

Child Protection in School

The main aim of this strand of the CPP is to be pro-active, to avoid instances of abuse occurring.


Prevention Procedures

Teachers will be screened in accordance with the legislation laid down by Government. In addition, there will be an effort to obtain character references for staff applicants.

There will be a whole-school policy on bullying. This includes discussion sessions on the evils of bullying.

More information can be found here: http://www.educateagainsthate.com/


Allegation Procedures

Allegations of abuse against a teacher should always be referred to the Headteacher unless the allegations are against the Headteacher. In such cases, the allegation should be referred to the Chairman of Governors.
The Headteacher / Chairman of Governors will then follow procedures as laid down in the Annexe to Protecting Children from Abuse 10/95.

Accusations of Bullying :

The “designated teacher” will be the port of call for these. Generally speaking, bullying matters will be dealt with internally. Where there is a question of severe bullying the “designated teacher” will involve the relevant bodies.

 

Some of the latest guidance and some useful links are listed below:

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