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Safe Guard/Child Protection

 

Safe Guard and Child Protection Policy

 

Policy Revised By HSO Policy Reviewed By Child protection officers  CEHS/ SG 2019-20
Date of Review 28/04/2019 Approved by Principal
Academic year 2019-20 Next Review 25-03-2020

Rationale 

The health, safety and well-being of all our children, staff, parents and all the possible members are of paramount importance to all who work in our school. Our children have the right to be safe, respect and equality regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school. 

All staff employed at CEHS must report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations and procedures included in this policy.

Aim and Objectives

 

 

DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEADERS
Governor with Safeguarding Responsibilities – Mr. Sharafudeen Thanikatt, The Principal 
Mr. Qaisar Altaf – Kindergarten 1 and 2
Mrs. Neethu Sunil – Grade 1 to 5 Girls & Boys, 6 to 12 Girls
Mr. Athul Sivadas – Grades 6 to 12 Boys

When to be concerned

Staff should be concerned if a student:

  • Has any injury which is not typical of the bumps and scrapes normally associated with the child ’s activities 
  • Regularly has unexplained injuries
  • Frequently has injuries even when apparently reasonable explanations are given
  • Offers confused or conflicting explanations about how injuries were sustained
  • Exhibits significant changes in behavior, performance or attitude
  • Indulges in sexual behavior which is unusually explicit and/or inappropriate to his or her age 
  • Discloses an experience in which he or she may have been harmed.

School Environment

It is essential to keep the school environment including the school buildings, premises, classrooms, playgrounds, laboratories, computer rooms, libraries, toilets, drinking water facilities, school buses, transport area and the surroundings safe and secure. Also, the students must be safe from the following abuses from our school environment.

    • Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the deliberate physical injury to a child or the willful neglectful failure to prevent physical injury or suffering. This may include hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, kneel down, standing outside or inside the classroom, standing with hands up, drowning, suffocating, confinement to a room, or inappropriately giving drugs to control behavior.

    • Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill-treatment 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 involve causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some levels of emotional abuse are involved in all types of ill-treatment of a child, though it may occur alone. Shouting, mentioning student’s special needs in public, comments about their ability level in public and being rude will expose children to emotional abuse.

    • Sexual Abuse & Exploitation

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children looking at, or the production of, pornographic material or watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

    • Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s physical, emotional, and/or psychological needs, likely to result in significant harm. It may involve failing to provide adequate support, care, and not considering students concerns and complaints on time.

    • At risk of abuse

These are situations where children may not have been abused, but where social and medical assessments indicate a high degree of risk that they might be abused in the future. This may include situations where another child in the household has been abused, or where there is a known abuser.

We give special consideration to children who

 

We want all our children to achieve their full potential by

 

General Whole School Responsibilities


All school staff is expected to:

 

Principal will

 

HSO and CPO

 

Administration and Transport Manager will

 

Clinic Doctor will

  • Ensure identification of hit and run cases in school
  • Conduct examinations and detailed assessments of identified cases 
  • Prepare health profiles of child protection cases 
  • Ensure early identification of physical and sexual abuse cases 
  • Ensure that relevant information obtained in the course of their duties is communicated to the Child Protection & Inclusion Officer ? Types of injuries, attendance and frequency are recorded. 
  • Ensure identification of hit and run cases in school
  • Conduct examinations and detailed assessments of identified cases 
  • Prepare health profiles of child protection cases 
  • Requested to provide physical treatment and emotional support after a child has been abused 
  • Child abuse can leave deep emotional scars and the School Doctor or Nurse should recognize these and help to develop a rehabilitation plan in liaison with the Child Protection Officer and other appropriate staff in the case management team.
  • Give proper medical treatment to the child protection cases 
  • Make referrals to the external agencies with the permission from Child Protection & Inclusion Officer, Governor or Principal. 
  • In some cases, the child may have to take medication as a result of the abuse. The School Doctor or Nurse should ensure that all standards and procedures for administering medications in the school setting are met. 
  • Required to conduct an examination if there are physical injuries and write an initial report about the child’s physical and emotional condition

 

Class Teacher will

In maximum cases, the first person to raise a concern is class teacher. They will collect detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns & complaints, and then liaise with designated safeguarding staff.

Class Teacher’s role towards creating awareness among students about: 

  • Safe touch and unsafe touch. 
  • Strategies for defense mechanism. 
  • Keeping other staff informed about the immediate safety measures for child protection and safeguarding issues. 
  • Avoid use of “Not in use” rooms in the school. 
  • Learn to say “NO? when it seems to be very uncomfortable.
  • Effective use of the complaint box. 

School Counselor will

  • Provide positive encouragement to the child. 
  • Support the student’s emotional well-being. 
  • Any harm to the student will be reported to the Child Protection Officer and relevant information will be shared. 
  • Liaise with family members determine how best to promote the child’s safety both at school and home. 
  • Conduct regular counseling sessions for the student who is abused. 
  • To improve the positive thinking and self-esteem of the abused student, etc. 

 

The Responsibilities of Security Staff

The Security staff undertakes to be vigilant and adhere to the procedures governing the access, detailed record-keeping, provision of a visitor’s pass to be worn for ease of identification and monitoring of visitors in the school. 

Procedures

The CPO will then form a school-based response team to address the report.

The response team may include:

1. Counsellor
2. School doctor and/or nurse
3. The student’s teacher,
4. Other teachers or professional individuals as the CPO sees fit.


In all cases, follow up activities are to be conducted in a manner that ensures that information is documented factually and that strict confidentiality is maintained.

Storage of any report of abuse should be separate with a clear protocol for access and not included in the student’s main file.

 

Resources

The school is responsible for providing appropriate resources and staff training to support the policy.

Documentation

All documentation of any investigation should be kept in the child’s school confidential records file.

Dealing with disclosure

If a student discloses that he or she has been harmed in some way, the member of staff should:

  • Listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief
  • Accept what is being said 
  • Allow the child to talk freely, i.e. to tell the story in their own words 
  • Ask open questions rather than leading questions
  • Reassure the child but not make promises that it might not be possible to keep
  • Not promise confidentiality, as it might be necessary to refer the case to the appropriate authority
  • Reassure the student that what has happened is not their fault
  • Stress that it was the right thing to tell someone 
  • Be a supportive listener but do not push for additional details since this can jeopardize future interviews 
  • Not make the child repeat the disclosure to a third party
  • Not criticize or excuse the perpetrator
  • Not make direct contact with the alleged perpetrator (even if it is a parent or caregiver)

 

Confidentiality

The school will not disclose who has reported an abuse concern in order to protect the staff involved. The school will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the staff member who has reported an abuse concern does not suffer harassment or penalty.

This policy will be reviewed annually and particularly at times of significant legislative change or change in service delivery

 

This policy will be reviewed annually and particularly at times of significant legislative change or change in service delivery