Appendix 1

 

Roles and responsibilities

1.1 The governing body has a duty to: 

  • Ensure that the school complies with its duties under the above child protection and safeguarding legislation. 
  • Guarantee that the policies, procedures and training opportunities in the school are effective and comply with the law at all times. 
  • Guarantee that the school contributes to inter-agency working in line with the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. 
  • Confirm that the school’s safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the LA as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures established by the local safeguarding children board (LSCB). 
  • Comply with its obligations under section 14B of the Children Act 2004 to supply the LSCB with information to fulfil its functions. 
  • Ensure that a member of the governing body is nominated to liaise with the LA and/or partner agencies on issues of child protection, and in the event of allegations of abuse made against the Headteacher of other governor. 
  • Guarantee that there are effective child protection policies and procedures in place together with a staff code of conduct. Ensure that there is a senior board level lead responsible for safeguarding arrangements. 
  • Appoint a member of staff from the senior leadership team (SLT) to the role of DSL as an explicit part of the role-holder’s job description – there should always be cover for the DSL. 
  • Make sure that pupils are taught about safeguarding, including protection against dangers online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. 
  • Adhere to statutory responsibilities to check staff who work with children, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for any checks beyond what is required. 
  • Guarantee that volunteers are appropriately supervised. 
  • Make sure that at least one person on any appointment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training. 
  • Ensure that all staff members receive safeguarding and child protection training updates, such as ebulletins, e-mails and staff meetings, as required, but at least annually. 
  • Certify that there are procedures in place to handle allegations against members of staff or volunteers. 
  • Confirm that there are procedures in place to make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if a person in regulated activity has been dismissed or removed due to safeguarding concerns, or would have been had they not resigned.  Guarantee that there are procedures in place to handle allegations against other pupils. 
  • Make sure that pupils’ wishes or feelings are taken into account when determining what action to take, and what services to provide to protect individual pupils. 
  • Guarantee that there are systems in place for pupils to express their views and give feedback. 
  • Establish an early help procedure and inform all staff of the procedures it involves. 
  • Appoint a designated teacher to promote the educational achievement of looked after children (LAC) and ensure that this person has undergone appropriate training. 
  • Ensure that the designated teacher works with the virtual school head to discuss how the pupil premium funding can best be used to support LAC. 
  • Introduce mechanisms to assist staff in understanding and discharging their roles and responsibilities. 
  • Make sure that staff members have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep LAC safe, particularly with regard to the pupil’s legal status, contact details and care arrangements. 
  • Put in place appropriate safeguarding responses for pupils who go missing from school, particularly on repeat occasions, to help identify any risk of abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse or exploitation, and prevent the risks of their disappearance in future. 
  • Ensure that all members of the governing body have been subject to an enhanced DBS check 

1.2 The Headteacher has a duty to: 

  • Safeguard pupils’ well-being and maintain public trust in the teaching profession. 
  • Ensure that the policies and procedures adopted by the governing body, particularly concerning referrals of cases of suspected abuse and neglect, are followed by staff members. 
  • Provide staff with the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, Staff Behaviour Policy, information regarding the role of the DSL and part one of the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2016 guidance at induction.


1.3 The DSL has a duty to:

  • Refer all cases of suspected abuse to Children’s Social Care, the LA designated officer (LADO) for child protection concerns, the DBS, and the police in cases where a crime has been committed. 
  • Refer cases of radicalisation to the Channel programme. 
  • Liaise with the Headteacher to inform him/her of safeguarding issues, especially on-going enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 and police investigations. 
  • Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff members on matters of safeguarding by liaising with relevant agencies. 
  • Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention. 
  • Support staff members in liaising with other agencies and setting up inter-agency assessment where early help is deemed appropriate. 
  • Keep cases of early help under constant review and refer them to the Children’s Social Care if the situation does not appear to be improving. 
  • Have a working knowledge of how LAs conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference, and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so. 
  • Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and procedures – this will be discussed during the staff induction process. 
  • Be alert to the specific requirements of children in need, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and young carers. 
  • Be able to keep detailed, accurate and secure records of concerns and referrals. 
  • Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant training courses. 
  • Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings. 
  • Work with the governing body to ensure the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is reviewed annually and the procedures are updated regularly. 
  • Ensure the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is available publicly, and parents/carers are aware that the school may make referrals for suspected cases of abuse or neglect, as well as the role the school plays in these referrals.  Link with the local LSCB to make sure that staff members are aware of the training opportunities available and made aware of the latest local policies on safeguarding. 
  • Ensure that a pupil’s child protection file is forwarded when transferring to a new school. 
  • Be available at all times during school hours to discuss any safeguarding concerns.

    1.4 Other staff members have a responsibility to: 

  • Safeguard pupils’ well-being and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. 
  • Provide a safe environment in which pupils can learn. 
  • Maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned
  • Be aware of the signs of abuse and neglect. 
  • Be aware of the early help process, and understand their role in it. 
  • Act as the lead professional in undertaking an early help assessment, where necessary. 
  • Be aware of, and understand, the process for making referrals to Children’s Social Care, as well as for making statutory assessments under the Children Act 1989 and their role in these assessments. 
  • Support social workers to take decisions about individual children, in collaboration with the DSL. 
  • If at any point there is a risk of immediate serious harm to a child, make a referral to Children’s Social Care and/or the police immediately. 
  • Be aware of and understand the procedure to follow in the event that a child confides they are being abused or neglected. Support social workers in making decisions about individual children, in collaboration with the DSL. 
  • Maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality when dealing with individual cases, and always act in the best interest of the child. 
  • Follow the school’s procedure for, and approach to, preventing radicalisation.

 

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