Safeguarding and Child Protection Duties and Responsibilities
Information for Parents/Carers
St Giles School recognises its legal duty to work with other agencies in protecting children from ‘significant harm’ and responding to possible child abuse. The framework for such procedures is defined by Walsall Safeguarding Children Board and multi-agency threshold guidance.
Our Designated Lead for Safeguarding:
Mr Les Dow
Deputy Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs Leonowicz (Safeguarding & Family Support Manager)
Mr M Dakin (Headteacher)
Mrs Mavi (Deputy Head Teacher & Senco)
Designated Safeguarding Governor:
Rev. Sue Boyce and Mr Barry Thorndyke
We hope that parents and children feel free to talk about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress and that they will see school as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home. Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff.
All staff at St Giles must work within the legal and statutory guidelines for Child Protection as defined in the following legislation and guidance:
- The Children Act 1989
- The Children Act 2004
- Education Act 2002
- Local Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection Procedures
- The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005
- Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against Teachers and Other Staff (DFE 2011)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Revised Guidance: 3rd September 2020
All staff hold a current copy of Keeping Children Safe in Education, DFE and receive regular updates in school.
Procedures relating to pupils who may be ‘Children in Need’ and ‘Children in Need of Protection’
Parents will normally be informed when a referral is made to Children’s Services (Social Services). However, staff cannot guarantee to inform parents first, or to keep children’s concerns confidential prior to a referral being made if there are immediate safeguarding concerns.
If staff have any concerns about any child which they believe may indicate:
- Physical abuse or injury
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Persistent or severe neglect
then they are legally and contractually required to pass this information on to an appropriately qualified and designated person. Failure to do so would result in disciplinary procedures being exercised.
All staff are trained in and have working knowledge of the relevant internal procedures relating to safeguarding. Staff training is updated every 2 years, and they also receive additional safeguarding training on a regular basis as required.
Confidential written records of any incidents are kept by the designated team in line with GDPR and Walsall Safeguarding Children Board requirements and regulations.
Pupils know that they can talk to any member of staff regarding any issues/concerns and that they can also see Mrs Leonowicz to discuss a concern.
Parents can feel confident that careful, legal procedures are in place to ensure that all staff appointed are suitable to work with children. This includes the procedures for voluntary helpers. All personnel are subject to a DBS check.
We are working in partnership with West Midlands Police and Walsall Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic abuse in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.
On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead Mr Dow will decide on the appropriate support the child requires. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the Operation Encompass Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures around Safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people.