Part Two: Management
The designated governor with responsibility for safeguarding is John Bowdler. They have a strategic leadership responsibility for our safeguarding arrangements and must ensure that we comply with their duties under legislation. They must have regard to KCSIE, ensuring our policies, procedures and training in our setting are effective and comply with the law at all times. They have attended TWSP safeguarding governor training. All governors have completed child protection and safeguarding training.
Our Headteacher will ensure that the policies and procedures, adopted by this governing body/proprietor, are understood, and followed by all staff.
Our approach to safeguarding
This governing body will ensure that we facilitate a whole setting approach to safeguarding. This means ensuring safeguarding and child protection are at the forefront and underpin all relevant aspects of process and our policy development. Ultimately, all systems, processes and policies will operate with the best interests of the child at their heart.
Where there is a safeguarding concern, our governing body and our senior leaders will ensure the child’s wishes and feelings are taken into account when determining what action to take and what services to provide. Systems are in place, and they will be well promoted, easily understood and easily accessible for children to confidently report abuse, knowing their concerns will be treated seriously, and knowing they can safely express their views and give feedback.
We will facilitate staff to contribute to and shape our safeguarding arrangements and Child Protection policy.
We will ensure that suitable arrangements are in place to provide access for all staff to access safeguarding supervision. Please see our Safeguarding Supervision policy.
Policies and procedures
We aim to ensure there are appropriate policies and procedures in place in order for appropriate action to be taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.
Missing from education
The recognised figure for persistent absence is being less than 90%, although concerns may still be raised if above this. We will comply with the statutory guidance Children Missing Education. In respect of this and at a local level, we will require the behaviour and attendance lead to refer to and use the established protocol document of notification to the Local Authority, filling out the appropriate paperwork, policies and procedures for identifying pupils who are missing out on education and policies and procedures for pupils on a modified timetable (available from Telford & Wrekin Council, Access & Inclusion Team). In addition to the above and where reasonably possible we will endeavour to hold more than one emergency contact number for each pupil. This goes beyond the legal minimum and is good practice to give us additional options to make contact with a responsible adult when a child is missing education and poses a potential welfare/safeguarding concern. Where a child is on a Child Protection Plan has been missing from school for two consecutive days we will notify the child’s allocated social worker.
Where children leave the classroom or leave our grounds without permission, this is covered within our behaviour management policy and is also set against the backdrop of the legal framework of the Children Act 1989 s3 (5); ‘Anyone who has care of a child without parental responsibility may do what is “reasonable” in all the circumstances to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare. It is likely to be “reasonable” to inform the police, or children’s services departments, and, if appropriate, their parents, of the child/young person’s safety and whereabouts’. However, in principle, if a pupil runs out of class we will establish where he or she has gone. Staff will not run after them but will seek additional support. It is advisable to keep a watchful eye on any children who has taken themselves out of our building and possibly out of our grounds, unless this watchful eye provokes the child to run further. It is and will be a judgement call for staff to take what they feel is reasonable action in line with the advice above. If a child is no longer on the premises, we will contact parents in the first instance. If they are not contactable, we will inform the police that a pupil has left and is at risk.