What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18, and includes Child Protection.
Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Amanda Ruthven
Deputy Senior Person for Safeguarding Children: Bridget Hradsky (SENC0)
Named Teacher for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children: Amanda Ruthven
Nominated Governor responsible for Child Protection: Maria Curro (Chair of Governors)
Contact Numbers for urgent Child Protection/Safeguarding advice please contact
First Access & Screening Team (FAST) - 0208 356 5500/4844
Emergency out of hours duty team - 0208 356 2710/2346
NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline - 0800 028 0285
Referral email address email@example.com
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) 020 8356 4569
What is Child Protection?
Child Protection is part of Safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Please click here to access our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies.
Concerns about a child? (Record Sheet for disclosures)
Please use the following form to record any concerns/disclosures.
Mandatory Reporting of FGM - Procedural information
From 31 October 2015 it is mandatory for teachers, health and social workers to report to the police if they find, or are told, someone under 18 has undergone FGM. Please click here to obtain more information on the correct procedure to follow.
A flowchart , prepared by the Department of Health and NHS England, can be found here and further clarifies the process and responses which must be made.
St Monica's recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance skills and promote achievement. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use. To find out more please read our Online Safey policy by clicking here. Alternatively please click here to obtain further information and resources regarding Online Safety. You can also click here to access NSPCC's best practice guide on online safety.
Use of reasonable force in schools
The following guidance from the DFE (click here) provides clarification on the use of force:
Keeping Children Safe in Education - April 2020: To access the full document - please click here
Please click here to access Part One of the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. The guidance above affirms that 'all staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:
• the child protection policy;
• the role of the designated safeguarding lead (See Annex B/Page 58).
Schools must have regard to the guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply.
The Prevent Duty
Schools' "Prevent" duties to safeguard children from extremism were placed on a statutory footing by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA 2015), which was accompanied by guidance from the Home Office and Department for Education.
It is important to remember that issues in regard to radicalisation and extremism are safeguarding issues, and the same level of risk assessment and proportionate response are required.
Please click here to access departmental advice for schools on the Prevent Duty (DFE) Alternatively you can also refer to (Keeping Children Safe in Education) above for further information or our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. Staff have been completing a series of online training modules - A register exists to determine which staff have completed the training.
At a local level, we have refined the referral route for schools to clarify the contacts for additional support:
Referrals to Children's Social Care (First Access & Screeing Team - FAST)
Please click here to obtain further information on the referral process and the responsibilies of the school.
Procedure for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff/headteacher
Please click here to access our school policies on Whistleblowing and Complaints. The policy (in line with statutory guidance from the DFE) is designed to ensure that all staff, students and parents or carers are aware of the procedure for the investigation of allegations of abuse in order that all complaints are dealt with consistently, and as efficiently as possible.
Safeguarding Training CPD (CP/Safeguarding)
In St. Monica's all staff (including volunteers) read this guidance (or at least Part 1) and provide confirmation that they have done so (the school keeps a register to confirm this). The 1st INSET day of every academic year is also dedicated to Safeguarding and Child Protection training for every member of staff, including Premises, Kitchen and Administration.
In addition, online courses such as Prevent, FGM, Forced Marriages etc. must be undertaken by all members of staff. A register of all courses undertaken by staff is also maintained.
This is a very important aspect of Safeguarding children and young people. Our governing body ensures that the recruitment process is robust and effective. Safer Recruitment further enhances our Safeguarding processes by ensuring that people are not only vetted before they start, but to also ensure that the staff code of conduct is strong to identify inappropriate behaviour in appointed staff. At least 1 member of every interview panel is Safer Recruitment-trained. Please also see our Policies on Well-being.
The Hackney Child Well-being Framework focuses upon child and family need, not thresholds for services. It does, however, attempt to give an indication of what might be an appropriate approach to responding to child and family need by defining three levels:
- Universal - a response by universal services, often working individually
- Universal and Universal Partnership Plus - a response by universal services working together in universal settings and sometimes bringing additional targeted resources into a multi agency partnership plan to both assess and address concerns
- Complex/high risk – a response that requires high level specialist services, often governed by statutory frameworks, to take the lead role.
Children Missing Education (To be read alongside Attendance/Punctuality Policy)
From September 2016, amendments to regulations require the following actions from all schools:-
make those enquiries collaboratively, not separately. Schools should ensure that they consult with HLT before any decisions are made to de-register a child without a clear destination having been established and agreed. The Pupils Registration Regulations make reference to ‘jointly making reasonable enquiries’.
HLT has written guidance for schools which clarifies expectations, provides guidance on what constitutes ‘joint reasonable enquiries’, and gives further guidance on software updates.
Schools are advised to:
Please see Hackney Local Offer for more information on Children Missing in Education within Hackney.