Safeguarding & Child Protection

Policy Review Date: September 2020
Next Review Date: September 2021

Clarus Education would like to inform all of our candidates of the position outlined in the 1996 Educational Act Chapter 2 section 548 that any form of physical contact with a child in the form of corporal punishment is strictly prohibited.

Definitions:

‘Child abuse and neglect’ is a generic term that encompasses all ill-treatment of children including serious physical assaults as well in cases where the standard care does not adequately support the child or young person’s health or environment. It is recognized that children may be abused or neglected through the infliction of harm, or through the failure to act to prevent it.

Examples may include:

Neglect involves the persistent failure to meet the child or young person’s basic physical and/ or psychological needs.

Physical Abuse which may include but is not limited to such acts as hitting (with or without an object), beating, shoving, kicking, shaking, throwing, pinching, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning, or suffocating a child or young person.

Sexual Abuse/ Molestation involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities and also includes non-contact activities such as watching inappropriate activities or encouragement to behave in inappropriate ways.

Emotional Abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child or young person. It's sometimes called psychological abuse and can seriously damage a child or young person’s emotional health and development. Emotional abuse can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate a child or young person or isolating or ignoring them. This may include:

  1. Telling the child or young person that they are worthless
  2. Exploitation
  3. Telling the child or young person that they are inadequate
  4. Corruption
  5. Causing the child or young person to feel that they are in danger
  6. Causing the child or young person to feel frightened
  7. Imposing inappropriate expectations

Professional Duties:

 Clarus Education will expect all teachers and support staff to behave appropriately at all times and to take their duty of care seriously. Teachers must make themselves aware of the London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance (5th Edition October 2015) which is available online at http://www.londoncp.co.uk/ All schools will have a named Child Protection Coordinator and they are obliged to have a policy statement and a clear and concise procedure for staff. Teachers should make themselves familiar with school policy and practice. It is the duty of all teachers to inform the Child Protection Coordinator of any concerns that they may have concerning a child or young person’s welfare.

Outline Procedure:

In the first instance, the school is required to inform the parent(s) that there are concerns but if it is deemed that this would be detrimental to the child or young person’s welfare, a referral will be made directly to Social Services or an Education Welfare Officer. The majority of schools will carry out brief investigations before making a referral.

Once a referral is made, Social Services are obliged to call an initial Assessment Meeting within 24 hours to make an initial assessment of the situation and to decide what action is required. School staff, police, Education Welfare Officers, and Social Workers will be invited to the meeting. Everyone attending the meeting will be expected to have prepared their contribution. For example; gathered information carried out an enquiry, interviewed witnesses.

Outcomes of the meeting may be:

Any action taken as a consequence of a Child Protection referral, for the most part, is confidential.

If an allegation is made against a teacher:

If a pupil or parent makes an allegation of a Child Protection nature against a teacher, senior staff are obliged to carry out an initial internal investigation before deciding if a referral should be made or not. Once a referral has been made a decision will be taken by the Head Teacher in consultation with the Governing Body, whether or not the teacher in question will be suspended pending further investigation.

If an allegation is made against a Clarus Education teacher, a representative from the consultancy takes responsibility for overseeing the case. The agency staff will attend initial meetings with the school and Social Services staff to ensure that the teacher is kept informed at each stage of the investigation.

Procedures for dealing with a complaint are outlined in the companies ‘Complaints Policies & Procedures’ which is available from a member of staff on request.