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Statutory Guidance

The statutory guidance which schools and colleges must comply with is Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 and local Dorset Schools Safeguarding Standards.

It contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply. It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

 

All Schools

Every Governing Body or proprietor and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) should have a copy of  Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.

This is the statutory guidance which supports Section 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002.

In addition there is a set of local Safeguarding Standards;  these are recommended to all governing bodies (or equivalent) for adoption. In addition a School Confidentiality Model Policy is available for you to adapt for your school.

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The welfare of individual children

If you wish to make a child protection referral about a specific child, you must contact the local social work team.

However, there may be times when you wish to discuss a complex situation or take further advice and the Education Safeguarding Standards Advisor is available to provide this service.  Please telephone the Safeguarding and Standards Team on 01305 221122.

The Education Safeguarding Standards Advisor has produced a Child Protection and Your School Leaflet for parents.  This can be useful for schools as it informs parents why schools need to take action when they have child protection concerns.

If parents and carers ask for advice about recruiting private tutors, you can direct them to our Private Tutors Leaflet

To ensure you are meeting local expectations, refer to the Dorset Schools Safeguarding Standards Leaflet

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The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) role

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is the person to whom concerns and allegations about adults who work with children in schools should be reported.

This is a statutory role and the LADO should be contacted when there is an allegation made against a member of staff or volunteer who works in a school.

The individual may have:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm to children

To contact the Dorset LADO, telephone 01305 221122

More information and guidance on procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children can be found in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

Each school should also have its own procedures which are known and understood by all staff and volunteers.

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Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures

To access the Pan-Dorset Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures please click here

In addition, all schools should have their own child protection policy that reflects the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures and  Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.  This policy must be reviewed annually. A template child protection policy is available from the Safeguarding and Standards Team on 01305 221122.

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Code of Conduct and Safer Working Practice Guidance

The Department for Education has published new national guidance on safer working practice.

The guidance is intended for those who work,  either paid or unpaid, in education and early years settings.  It is best practice for all education establishments in Dorset to use this document, please use it to update your setting’s  Code of Conduct.

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Attendance and Children Missing Education

The regular attendance of children and young people at school is very important. If they do not attend school regularly their acquisition of skills and knowledge is interrupted and their educational achievements are potentially damaged.
A child going missing from education is a potential indicator of abuse or neglect, including Child Sexual Exploitation, FGM or travelling to conflict zones.

Children Missing Education (CME) refers to all children of compulsory school age who are neither on a school roll nor being educated other than at school or who have been out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time.

Schools should put in place appropriate safeguarding policies, procedures and responses for children who go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions.

Further detailed information about attendance and children missing education is in the School attendance good practice and procedures and the School Attendance Information Pack.  You can also access the following useful forms:

If you have questions, concerns or issues in relation to attendance matters then please contact the Attendance Service on the details in the attendance pack.

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Elective Home Education

If a parent informs you that they intend to educate their child at home you can give them a copy of the information below to ensure that the parent follows statutory guidance.

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Child Protection Conferences

For information about Child Protection Conferences in Dorset including the template for a report to a Conference, please click here

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Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

CAF introduces a common form and assessment framework to help practitioners gather and understand information about the needs and strengths of the child or young person through a whole child approach. It will be appropriate to implement a CAF when agencies need to work together and the child may have needs that do not meet the threshold for a referral to Social Care.

For up-to-date information about training and process, including forms, please go to DorsetForYou

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Schools and Colleges Self Audit 2015/16

The DSCB recommends strongly that every education establishment self-audits its safeguarding arrangements annually. Review the previous Schools Audit Overview Report 2014/15 and Schools Audit Overview Report 2015/16 to get an understanding of how this information is used.

The 2016 audit can be found below:

 

Serious Case Reviews

For information about what Serious Case Reviews are and how they are undertaken, please go to our local Serious Case Review pages

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Training

The statutory guidance requires all staff who work in schools to have regular child protection training. The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board recommends all Dorset schools to receive whole-school training every 3 years. The Safeguarding and Standards Team has an accredited trainer to deliver whole-school sessions (01305 221122).

New DSLs should attend multi agency training booked through Nexus or email any training queries to lscbstraining@dorsetcc.gov.uk. This training should be updated every 2 years (mandatory requirement).

In addition, whole-school Safer Working Practice Training is highly recommended, booked through Safeguarding and Standards Team (01305 221122).

There are additional multi-agency courses available, for details of these please click here

Workshop to raise awareness of Prevent (WRAP) whole-school sessions can also be booked through the Safeguarding and Standards Team 01305 221122

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Bullying and E-Safety

For information about how to respond in your school, please go to our Bullying and E-Safety page

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Domestic Violence and Abuse

For information about how to respond to Domestic Violence and Abuse with regards to pupils in your school, please go to our Domestic Violence and Abuse page

 

Children In Employment

If a child has a part time job, are aged between 13 and 16, and are still at school they must have an Employment Permit.

A Child Employment Permit must be obtained in order to protect children who have jobs from the risk of harm to their health, education and welfare.

  • Health:  Risk assessments must be carried out by an employer to ensure a child’s safety
  • Education:   A job undertaken by a child should not be harmful to their attendance at school, and will not leave them too tired to learn
  • Welfare:   A child already has a full time job with their school work and like everybody else, they need time to relax; taking on a part time job should not jeopardise this free time

For more information about the law relating to child employment and to access the form to apply for an employment permit, please use the documents below:

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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls, and therefore should be dealt with as part of existing child and adult protection structures, policies and procedures.

The National Female Genital Mutilation Guidance seeks to provide advice and support to frontline professionals who have responsibilities to safeguard children and protect adults from the abuses associated with FGM.  As it is unlikely that any single agency will be able to meet the multiple needs of someone affected by FGM, the document sets out a multi-agency response and strategies to encourage agencies to cooperate and work together.

It provides information on:

  • identifying when a girl (including an unborn girl) or young woman may be at risk of being subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to protect them
  • identifying when a girl or young woman has been subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to support them
  • measures that can be implemented to prevent and ultimately eradicate the practice of FGM

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Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Angela Burr, Education Safeguarding Standards Advisor.  Email: a.c.burr@dorsetcc.gcsx.gov.uk   Tel: 01305 221122

Jane Hillier, Safeguarding Admin. Email: j.hillier@dorsetcc.gcsx.gov.uk   Tel: 01305 221122