Safeguarding at Bader
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sarah Jatwa (Acting Head Teacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Melanie Weir + Angela Douthwaite
Safeguarding Governor: Clare Mason (Chair of Governors)
- It is important for children to receive the right help at the right time to address risks and prevent issues escalating.
- Staff working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the best interest of the child.
- Knowing what to look for is vital to the early identification of abuse and neglect. If staff members are unsure they should always speak to the designated safeguarding lead.
- If staff members have any concerns about a child they will need to decide what action to take. It is important to have a conversation with the designated safeguarding lead to agree a course of action as some action that you are not aware of may already be in progress.
- If a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of harm, the designated safeguarding lead or Head Teacher should be informed so that they can make a referral to children’s social care and/or the police immediately
- All concerns, discussions and decisions made and the reasons for those should be recorded on CPOMS. If in doubt about recording requirements staff should discuss with the designated safeguarding lead.
- If staff members have concerns about another staff member then this should be referred to the Head Teacher. Where there are concerns about the Head Teacher this should be referred to the Chair of Governors in accordance with the Whistleblowing Policy and the ‘Honesty and Integrity’ section in the Staff Code of Conduct.
- All staff and volunteers should feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice and potential failures in the school’s safeguarding processes and that such concerns will be taken seriously.
- All staff or volunteers working with children and young people have a responsibility to report any instances of students displaying concerning behaviours to the designated safeguarding lead. These behaviours, further outlined in the School Child Protection Policy, Safeguarding updates and training, may be indicators of the following;
- Child sexual exploitation
- Honour based violence’ such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage
- Students being drawn into terrorism or radicalisation
- There is a statutory duty upon teachers to report to the police where they discover that FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18. It is important that any concerns are discussed with the designated safeguarding lead immediately if concerns of this nature arise, they will be supported with their statutory duty to report it.
- The School has an obligation to report any concerns about students, families or staff who are giving any cause for concern in relation to being drawn into terrorism to the ‘Channel Programme’. It is important that any concerns are discussed with the designated safeguarding lead immediately. Staff will be accompanied and supported by a Safeguarding lead if they are required to attend a ‘Channel Panel’ to discuss the referral.