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Safeguarding


The person responsible for all safeguarding issues within the school is Miss Tankard. and  our child protection policy is set out below. 
Yew Tree Primary School 
Child Protection Policy
 

Statement of Purpose: 

The introduction of this Child Protection Policy should highlight the fact that Yew Tree School are determined to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect from harm, those children and young people who attend our school.
This policy establishes the school's position, role and responsibilities and clarifies what is expected from everybody involved within the school. It very clearly highlights the importance placed by Yew Tree School in the protection of children and young people.
Every child and young person who participates in the activities in school should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in this organisation. We recognise however, that child abuse is a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with our judgment about any action to be taken.
Yew Tree School recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying. It is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that we provide opportunities for children and young people to do so, with the highest possible standard of care.
This policy is written in line with Tameside Safeguarding Children Board (TSCB) Child Protection Procedures (see references)

Yew Tree School will ensure that:

• The welfare of the child is paramount
• All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse 
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately 
• All staff (paid/unpaid) working in this organisation have a responsibility to report concerns to Paula Tankard 

Key Principles: 

Yew Tree School will take responsibility for: 
  • Respecting and promoting the rights, wishes and feelings of children and young people 
  • Recruit, train and supervise all volunteers and staff members to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children and young people from abuse 
  • Recruit all employees and volunteers to adopt and abide by the appropriate codes of conduct and the Child Protection Policies and Procedures outlined within this document 
  • Respond to any allegations appropriately 
  • Regularly review the policy 
  • A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The children Act 1989) 
  • Promoting Good Practice 
  • Child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, can arouse strong emotions in those facing such a situation. It is important to understand these feelings and not allow them to interfere with your judgment about the appropriate action to take 
  • Abuse can occur within many situations including the home, school and the sporting environment. Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with young people in order to harm them. There are some people in this organisation who will have regular contact with young people and be an important link in identifying cases where they need protection. All suspicious cases of poor practice should be reported to Paula Tankard and the guidelines in this policy should be followed. 

Good Practice means: 

  • Always working in an open environment, where possible, avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication 
  • Treating all young people equally with respect and dignity 
  • Always putting the welfare of each young person first 
  • Maintaining a safe and appropriate distance with service users (e.g. it is not appropriate for staff or volunteers to have an intimate relationship with a child or to share a room with them) 
  • Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust and empowering children to share in decision making 
  • Keeping up to date with training, qualifications and insurance 
  • Involving children/young people/parents/carers wherever possible 
  • Being an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol in the company of young people 
  • Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism 
  • Recognising the developmental needs and capacity of young people 
  • Securing parental consent in writing to act in loc parentis, if the need arises to administer emergency first aid and or other medical treatment 
  • Keeping a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given 
  • Requesting written parental consent if club officials are required to transport young people in their cars 

Named person for child protection: 

The named contact for Yew Tree School is:- Miss Paula Tankard. 
The second named contact is:- Mrs Fiona Haymes.

If you are concerned about a child: 

What should you do if a young person reports abuse to you: 
If someone discloses that they are being abused, whether in the home or the sport setting, then upon receiving the information you should:
• React calmly 
• Reassure the child that they were right to tell and that they are not to blame and take what the child says seriously 
• Keep questions to an absolute minimum to ensure a clear and accurate understanding of what has been said. Don't ask about explicit details 
• Reassure but do not promise confidentiality, which might not be feasible in the light of subsequent development 
• Inform the child/young person what you will do next
• Make a full and written record of what has been said/heard as soon as possible and don't delay in passing on the information 

The report will include the following: 

• The child's name, age and date of birth
• The child's home address and telephone number
• Whether or not the person making the report is expressing their own concerns or those of someone else 
• The nature of the allegation, including dates, times and special factors and other relevant information 
• Make a clear distinction between what is fact, opinion or hearsay 
• A description of any visible bruising or other injuries. Also any indirect signs, such as behavioural changes 
• Details of witnesses to the incidents 
• The child's account, if it can be given, of what has happened and how any bruising or other injuries occurred 
• Have the parents been contacted? 
• If so what has been said? 
• Has anyone else been consulted? If so, record details 
• Where possible referral to the police or social services should be confirmed in writing within 24 hours and the name of the contact who took the referral should be recorded 

If there are concerns about sharing the above information with a colleague you can contact Children's Social Care in Tameside on 0161 342 4150 or the police direct, or the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000. 

What Yew Tree School will do next: 

It is not our responsibility to decide whether abuse has taken place or not, however we will pass on the information to the appropriate authority. 
Write down all of the information so that if we are asked at a later time we can produce a written report. 
Severe and obvious cases of abuse will be reported immediately. 
Children's Social Care, have a statutory duty under The Children Act 1989 to ensure the welfare of a child. When a child protection referral is made, they have a legal responsibility to investigate and all agencies have a duty to co-operate with those investigations. This may involve talking to the child and their family, and gathering information from other people who know the child. Enquiries may be carried out jointly with the police. Clearly then concerns about children must not be taken lightly.
The protection of children is paramount and if we have any concerns about a child being abused or neglected we will contact:
Children's Social Care
56 Warrington Street 
Ashton-under-Lyne 
OL6 7JX 

Telephone number: 
0161 342 4150 

Types of Abuse and Neglect: 

Signs/indicators of abuse and neglect are helpful if they are used with some caution. They are not necessarily evidence of abuse or neglect. However, if you are concerned about as child or young person they can help you think about why you have that concern. 

Signs that may suggest physical abuse: 

• Any bruising to a baby – pre-walking stage 
• Multiple bruising to different parts of the body 
• Bruising of different colours indicating repeated injuries 
• Fingertip bruising to the chest, back, arms or legs 
• Burns of any shape or size 
• An injury for which there is no adequate explanation 

Signs of possible sexual abuse: 

• Something a child has told you 
• Something a child has told someone else 
• A child who shows worrying sexualised behaviour in their play or with other children 
• A child who seems to have inappropriate sexual knowledge for their age 
• A child who may be visiting or being looked after by a known or suspected sexual offender 

Signs which may suggest emotional harm: 

  • The following signs may be present in children who parents are over-critical and emotionally distant, or who are unable to meet their child's emotional needs: 
  • Children whose behaviour is excessive. For example, excessive bedwetting, overeating, rocking, head banging 
  • Children who self-harm. For example, they may cut or scratch themselves or overdose 
  • Children who attempt suicide 
  • Children who persistently run away from home 
  • Children who show high levels of anxiety, unhappiness or withdrawal 
  • Children who usually seek out or avoid affection 

Signs which may suggest neglect: 

• Squalid, unhygienic or dangerous home conditions
• Parents who fail to attend to their children's health or development needs 
• Children who appear persistently undersized or underweight 
• Children who continually appear tired or lacking in energy 
• Children who suffer frequent injuries due to lack of supervision 

Please note that these lists are possible indicators of abuse, and any signs of abuse have to be considered in context. 

Positive ways of protecting children: 

What do children need? 
• To feel safe and secure 
• Health and happiness 
• Appropriate affection 
• Lots of smiles 
• Praise and encouragement 
• To be able to talk to someone 
• To be listened to 
• New experiences 
• Respect for their feelings 
• Rewards and treats 

What to do if you are worried: 

If you are unsure that a child may be suffering but are worried, please contact Tameside Children's Social Care 0161 342 4150.
If you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact Tameside Children's Social Care 0161 342 4150. 
In an emergency outside normal office hours, please contact Tameside Emergency Service 0161 342 2222 0161 342 3009 or the Police 0161 872 5050.

References: 

Tameside's Safeguarding Children's Board (TSCB) produces Child Protection Procedures, which are for the use of all agencies and staff in Tameside. They can be obtained via:-
The TSCB Administrator 
Quality Assurance Unit 
Union Street 
Hyde 
SK14 1ND

0161 342 4346 
Also via the TSCB Website: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/childprotection