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1 Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure 1. INTRODUCTION In this policy, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:  Protecting children from maltreatment  Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development, and  Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. (Definition taken from the HM Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2013) 2. ORE COMMUNITY CENTRE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES Ore Community Centre believes that children and young people have the right be protected from neglect and abuse. Everyone has a responsibility to protect children and young people and to report concerns. Children’s needs are paramount and take precedence over the needs of adults in any conflict between the two. The purpose of this policy and procedure is to safeguard all children, to ensure they are all equally valued and to give them the best start in life. All allegations and concerns are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately in accordance with this policy and procedure. A copy of this Policy and Procedure and any related Policy and Procedure will be available to parents or carers upon request. This policy must be adhered to by all staff, volunteers, Trustees, Directors, trainees, service providers and contractors. This policy should be read alongside the document entitled Safeguarding children: a manual for those who are for and work with children and young people (2014) – referred to henceforth as the Manual. The Manual sets out the safeguarding procedures that all staff must follow. 3. LEGAL FRAMEWORK This policy is based on the following laws and statutory guidance: Children Acts 1989 and 2004 define safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as: 2  Protecting children from maltreatment  Preventing impairment of children’s health or development  Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and  Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013) sets out how organisations and individuals must work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with Children Acts 1989 and 2004 East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) Pan-Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures:  Ensure that there are prompt methods for alerting, reporting, investigating and managing a child's protection. The Procedures are available at http://pansussexscb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/contents.html Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2014  The mandatory framework for all early years providers, maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register. The safeguarding and welfare requirements are given legal force by regulations made under Section 39(1)(b) of the Childcare Act 2006 4. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  The Designated Named Person is the Centre Manager. All safeguarding concerns relating to allegations against staff and volunteers should be reported to this individual and recorded (see section 20 of the Manual). If the concerns relate to the Designated Named Person then the Chair of Trustees should be contacted.  The Designated Named Person will usually be responsible for passing on concerns, or making referrals, to the Duty and Assessment Team. In their absence the next most senior person on duty will assume responsibility  All staff, volunteers, or contractors must adhere to the procedure for reporting concerns to the Designated Named Person or the person named if the concerns relate to the Designated Named Person.  All staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors to the centre must sign the visitors book and record their time of arrival and departure. 5. REPORTING PROCEDURES AND MAKING A REFERRAL  Refer to the Manual when making a referral (see sections 9 to 11). 3  The police will be informed immediately if it is suspected a criminal offence has been committed  The Designated Named Person will contact the Children’s Social Care Duty and Assessment Team to either discuss a concern or report an incident. Details of the Duty and Assessment Team for Hastings are included at Appendix 1.  The timing of referrals to the Duty and Assessment Team will reflect the level of perceived risk and will always be within one working day of recognition of risk.  All referrals made verbally must be confirmed in writing by the referrer within 24 hours (the next section defines how records will be kept).  Any allegation or concern about a member of staff or volunteer must be reported immediately to Ofsted and/or the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) by the Designated Named Person. 6. RECORD KEEPING AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT  All staff will record and report concerns in line with the Manual (see section 16) and Keeping Records of Child Protection and Welfare Concerns: Guidance for Early Years Settings, Schools and Colleges (2014).  The Designated Named Person will telephone the Duty and Assessment Team to notify them of a safeguarding concern and follow instructions on completion of paperwork. Further guidance on what information to provide is in the Manual.  Where concerns relate to an allegation against a member of staff, or volunteer the referral should include the child’s name, address, gender and date of birth together with full details of the complaint or allegation, including witness statements  All records will be held confidentially but will be shared with other agencies, e.g. the police, Children’s Social Care, Ofsted, where this assists an ongoing investigation. Records will be held for a reasonable period of time after children or staff members have left the provision in case they are needed for any future investigation. 7. SAFER WORKFORCE AND MANAGING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PEOPLE WORKING WITH CHILDREN 4 All Trustees, staff, volunteers and contractors working for the centre will undergo rigorous suitability checks in line with the Manual (see section 19). Allegations against people working with children will be managed in line with section 20 of the Manual. 8. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT Ore Community Centre is committed to ensuring all staff have opportunities for professional development and have relevant up-to-date training in safeguarding children (see section 18 of the Manual).  All new staff, volunteers and students will participate in an induction programme before taking up their duties and will be allocated an experienced member of staff to mentor them for the duration of the induction.  All staff will be required to complete online child protection training upon appointment. This will be consolidated by formal East Sussex County Council-approved training at Level 1 as soon as possible.  All volunteers and students will be required to complete the online child protection training.  The Designated Named Person will be required to complete East Sussex County Council-approved Level 1 and Level 2 safeguarding training.  All training must reflect the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 and informed by the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board training strategy and plans.  Staff are required to update their knowledge by attending East Sussex County Council-approved training every two years.  Staff supervision meetings will record discussions regarding continuing professional development and subsequent identification and planning of training to meet those needs. 9. INFORMATION SHARING AND WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER AGENCIES Ore Community Centre respects confidentiality at all times and complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. 5 However Ore Community Centre will share information as part of its day to day work in order to safeguard and protect children from harm but also to work together to support families to improve outcomes for all. This may involve liaison with Police, Children’s Social Care, participation in multi-agency meetings, e.g. case conferences and participation in serious case reviews, if requested to do so (see section 17 of the Manual). 10.COMMISSIONING AND PROCUREMENT Any external agencies visiting the centre must respect centre’s policies and procedures at all times and not discuss overheard conversations or information regarding children and families outside the centre. Any concerns regarding safeguarding must immediately be advised to the Designated Named Person. Breaches of this Safeguarding Policy by external contractors or visitors will be taken very seriously and appropriate action will be taken. 11.WHISTLE-BLOWING AND COMPLAINTS  A separate complaints procedure exists which should be followed by any individual who has concerns about staff or practice in Ore Community Centre.  All concerns regarding Safeguarding must be directed to the Designated Named Person.  If the complaint relates to the Designated Named Person, the complaint must be directed to the person designated when concerns are in regard to the Designated Named Person. 12.BREACHES OF POLICY Breaches of this policy will be taken very seriously and disciplinary action will ensue for members of staff. A separate Code of Conduct describes this process in more detail. 13.POLICY REVIEW This Policy and Procedure will be reviewed no later than 3 years from the date of approval or when there is a significant change in the law or County Council guidelines or best practice. The Designated Named Person for Safeguarding Adults will be involved in the review process and will be responsible for recommending any changes. 6 It may also be appropriate to involve service users, volunteers, staff, Trustees and Directors and parents and carers in any review. 14.RELATED POLICIES The following policies and procedures also support safeguarding at Ore Community Centre:  Recruitment: including vetting and induction  Complaints  Confidentiality  Risk  Disciplinary  Data Protection  Equality and Diversity  Health and safety 7 APPENDIX 1 Contact us Contact us on Tel: 01273 481544 or E-mail: lscbcontact@eastsussex.gov.uk Worried about a child? If you are worried about a child, please follow the guidance outlined on the Worried about a Child? page. However, if you believe that a child / young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 and report your concerns to the Police