(Last updated: December 2017)
Policy, Programmes & Community Insight Service
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Eynsford College will ensure that all measures are taken to prevent any cases of child abuse and that it takes serious action in the cases of it’s occurrence.
The procedures will cover circumstances in which a member of staff or teacher is accused of, or suspected of abuse.
Eynsford College procedures for safeguarding children are in line with the LSCB procedures. The college will ensure that:
Responsibilities of Senior Managers:
It is the role of senior managers to take responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This is a shared responsibility and requires:
The Designated Senior Person has the following responsibilities to:
an immediate referral
To ensure compliance with current legislation and to identify areas for improvement, College will liaise with the local authority in order that appropriate support can be given. These are the requirements of ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ (DfES 2006).
It is important to protect the anonymity of the children concerned and discretion should be used to avoid the identification of individuals.
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scolding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying, causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or inciting a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual online images, watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.
Neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
All staff should be concerned about a child if he or she:
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused in some way, the member of staff should:
General points on how to respond to a child wanting to talk about abuse:
Helpful things to say:
Things not to say:
At the end of the conversation:
When a child has made a disclosure, the member of staff should:
Dealing with a disclosure from a child, and a child protection case is likely to be a stressful experience. The member of staff should consider seeking support for him/herself and discuss this with the Designated Senior Person who can seek support from the LSCB if required.
The college will endeavour to support all children by:
All matters relating to Safeguarding are confidential.
College procedures for appointing staff are in line with the Child Safeguarding and Protection legislation and guidance.
Safeguarding issues will be at the forefront in the recruitment processes for both teaching and non-teaching staff.
All applicants who are offered employment in posts involving access to children will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Valid CRB check will be accepted from candidates.
Any member of staff found not suitable to work with children will be notified to the appropriate bodies, including the ISA.
Allegations involving college staff
Racist comments will not be tolerated and repeated racist incidents or a single serious incident may lead to consideration under safeguarding procedures.
Under no circumstances should inappropriate relationships be encouraged between adults and children. Staff should be aware that the Sexual Offences Act 2003 created a new criminal offence of abuse of trust and a new offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming.
Where a member of staff is concerned that a pupil has developed a crush or attachment to them, they should report this to the Designated Senior Person and should discourage social exchanges with them that are in any way different from those of the rest of their peers.
Staff should at all times be aware of their professional responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children.
The college places great significance on the protection of children within the college environment and when students are undertaking educational trips and visits. (Refer to Educational Trips and Visits Policy).
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2-4 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7734 7774