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Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Prasarnmit Primary International Program (PPiP)

Reviewed by: Lavinia De Vivo
Review Period: 2 years
Date Adopted: May 2016
Next Review: May 2018
 
Contents
 
Our School Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Introduction to Policy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 & 3
Designated Person (DP). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
Safer Recruitment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 & 5
Induction and Training  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Managing Concerns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Digital Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 6
Confidentiality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Allegations Against Members of Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
 
Our School Vision
 
The creation of our school vision involved the whole school community. Prasarnmit Primary International Program (PPiP) is a nurturing, inclusive school that provides children with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for their future in an ever changing world.
 
At PPiP, we educate and support the whole child by providing opportunities for each child to find and nurture their own unique talents and abilities. At PPiP we offer a safe environment that promotes tolerance and respect as part of an international community. We motivate our students to be happy and confident learners. We create a culture of accomplishment within a vibrant and stimulating learning environment ensuring positive reinforcement at all levels of ability through appropriately differentiated expectations. Children strive to reach their full potential and become independent learners through an engaging and creative curriculum. Our vision is for PPiP pupils to become lifelong learners, who are able to use their own initiative to encourage themselves to grow in confidence and become positive contributors to society. 
 
Introduction
 
PPiP recognises its duty to protect children and young people from harm and respond to child abuse under the Child Protection Act 2003 (TH), Protection from domestic violence Act 2007 (TH), Human Trafficking Prevention Act 2008 (TH), the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and in accordance with our school’s Vision statement. The Department of Health's (UK) publication “NO SECRETS” define harm as “a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons”.
 
We believe that every child, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that may result in them being physically or emotionally affected.
 
We agree that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the children in our school. In order to achieve this, all staff and volunteers in this school, in whatever capacity, will at all times be proactive in child welfare matters, especially where there is a possibility that a child may be at risk of significant harm.
 
Our school seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards children and young people as part of our responsibility for pastoral care. The school aims to create an environment where parents, children and young people will feel free to talk about any concerns and will view our school as a safe place if there are any issues both in and out of  school.
 
Concerns from any child at our school will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of our staff. However, staff cannot guarantee confidentiality if concerns are such that referral must be made to the appropriate agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare.
 
In our school, if we have suspicions about a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being, or that they are being neglected, we will take appropriate action immediately.
 
At Prasarnmit Primary International Program (PPiP) we:
 

  • Assert that all staff are an integral part of the child safeguarding process.
  • Assure that safeguarding children is the responsibility of all staff.
  • Recognise that safeguarding children is the responsibility of Prasarnmit Primary International Program and all staff.
  • Will ensure that all staff are aware of and know how to report concerns or suspicions.
  • Will have a member of staff as a Designated Person (DP) with the knowledge and skills in recognising and acting on child protection concerns. He or she will act as a source of expertise and advice, and is responsible for co-coordinating action within the school and liaising with other agencies.
  • Will ensure (through the DP) that staff with designated responsibility for child protection will receive appropriate training.
  • Will share our concerns with others who need to know, and assist in any referral process.
  • If staff or volunteers believe that a child or young person may be at risk of suffering significant harm, they will always refer such concerns to the their line manager who will follow the accepted procedure.
  • Safeguard the welfare of children whilst in school, through positive measures to address bullying, which may be caused by sexual factors, racial factors, disability or special educational needs.
  • Will ensure that all staff are aware of the child protection procedures established by PPiP and, where appropriate, other agencies, and act on any guidance or advice given by them.
  • Will ensure, through our recruitment and selection of volunteers and paid employees that all people who work in our schools are suitable to work with children.
  • Will only allow authorised personnel into our school, any visitors will need to sign in and out at reception.
 
We believe that all children have a right to:
 
  • be as physically and mentally healthy as possible;
  • gain the maximum benefit possible from good quality education opportunities;
  • live in a safe environment and be protected from harm;
  • experience emotional well-being;
  • feel loved and valued, and supported by a network of reliable and affectionate relationships;
  • become competent in looking after themselves and coping with everyday living;
  • have a positive image of themselves and a secure sense of identity, including cultural and racial identity; and develop good interpersonal skills and confidence in social situations.
 
 
Designated Person (DP)
 
The designated member of staff for child safeguarding in this school is: Rosanna Jenner, PPiP Class Teacher.
 
The DP is key to ensuring that proper procedures and policies are in place and are followed with regard to child safeguarding issues. The DP will also act as the resource available for other staff members to draw upon.
 
The school recognises that:
 
  • All members of staff must be made aware who the DP is and what his/her role is
  • The DP will need to liaise with other agencies and build effective working relationships with colleagues
  • The DP should possess skills in recognising and dealing with child welfare concerns
  • The DP will support the school in referring cases of suspected abuse or allegations to the relevant investigating agencies according to the procedures established by PPiP
  • The DP is not responsible for dealing with allegations made against members of staff—this will be dealt with by Management.
 
To be effective, the Designated Person will:
 
  • Act as a source of advice, support and expertise within the school and be responsible for coordinating action regarding referrals by liaising with relevant agencies over cases of abuse and allegations of abuse, involving both children and members of staff.
  • Ensure all members of staff at the school, and regular visitors, are aware of our safeguarding procedures.
  • Liaise with Management to support them in any issues and ongoing investigations and ensure there is always cover for the role.
  • Ensure that this policy is updated and reviewed annually.
  • Keep detailed, accurate and secure written records of referrals/concerns.
  • Ensure parents are aware of the child protection policy in order to alert them to the fact that the school may need to make referrals. Raising parents’ awareness may avoid later conflict if the school does have to take appropriate action to safeguard a child. Where children leave the school roll, ensure their file is transferred to the new school as soon as possible, in accordance with local guidance to schools.
  • If a child leaves and the new school is not known, the appropriate embassy, if appropriate, should be alerted so that these children can be included on the database for lost pupils.
 
Safer Recruitment
 
In order to ensure that children and young people are protected whilst at our school, we will ensure that our staff are carefully selected, screened, trained and supervised.
 
We accept that it is our responsibility to:
 
• Prior to contract signing, follow up each reference with a telephone call or personal contact during which we will discuss the applicant’s suitability to work with children.
  • Check that all adults with access to children at this school have had their police record checked (Thailand) or a recent DBS (Teacher’s from UK) before starting work at our school.
 
In addition, we will ensure that the following checks are satisfactorily completed before a person takes up a position in the school:
 
  • Identity checks to establish that information given by the candidate is accurate
  • Ensure that qualifications are genuine
• Professional and character references prior to offering employment
• Satisfy conditions as to health and physical capacity
  • Previous employment history will be examined and any gaps accounted for
 
Induction and Training
 
All new members of staff will receive induction training, which will give an overview of the organisation and ensure they know its purpose, values, services and structure, as well as identifying and reporting abuse, and confidentiality issues.
 
All new staff at the school (including volunteers) will receive basic Child Protection information during induction and a copy of this policy within one week of starting their job role at the school.
 
All staff will be expected to attend training on safeguarding children that will enable them to fulfil their responsibilities in respect of child protection effectively. The school will provide this training as organised by the PPiP CPD Coordinator.
 
Managing Concerns
 
Upon the receipt of any information from a child, or if any person has suspicions that a child may be at risk of harm, the Management team must be informed. The management team may then seek the support of the DP.
 
If anyone observes injuries that appear to be non-accidental, or where a child makes a direct allegation or discloses that they have been abused, the Management team must be informed. The management team may then seek the support of the DP.
 
Where a child makes an allegation against a member of staff, they must record what they have seen, heard or know accurately at the time the event occurs, and share their concerns with the Management team or DP. We will ensure that all members of staff and employees are familiar with the procedures for keeping a confidential written record of any incidents.
 
Members of staff are not required to investigate suspicions; if someone believes that a child may be at risk they, will immediately refer concerns to the DP or Management. They will work with appropriate agencies following the concern they have received.
 
Digital Media
 
By registering a child at our school, parents and guardians are agreeing to allow the school to potentially use their child's photos for websites and promotional material. Staff members are able to photograph children for observational purposes on staff iPads which will remain locked in school at all times. No photographs of minors will be placed on any form of social media by staff members unless it is on the school website/facebook page.
 
Nevertheless, we understand that parents like to take photos of or video record their children in the school play, or at sports day, or school presentations. This is a normal part of family life, and we will not discourage parents from celebrating their child’s successes.
 
However, if there are Health and Safety issues associated with this, e.g. the use of a flash when taking photos could distract or dazzle the child, and cause them to have an accident, we will encourage parents to use settings on their camera that do not require flash.
 
The school cannot however be held accountable for any digital media recording taken by parents or members of the public at school functions.
 
If any member of staff is alerted or has any form of concerns they will follow the Safeguarding lines of communication.
 
Confidentiality
 
The school, and all members of staff at the school, will ensure that all data relating to children and young people are confidentially managed in accordance with the requirements of PPiP and any national/local guidance.
 
Any member of staff who has access to sensitive information about a child or the child’s family, must take all reasonable steps to ensure that such information is only disclosed to the appropriate people.
 
Regardless of the duty of confidentiality, if any member of staff has reason to believe that a child may be suffering harm, or be at risk of harm, their duty is to forward this information without delay to the DP or Management team for child protection.
 
Allegations Against Members of Staff
 
If anyone makes an allegation that any member of staff (including any volunteer or Board member) has put a child at risk and acted inappropriately, this will be handled by the Management team, unless the allegation is against members of Management, then the PPiP School Director will investigate and handle the matter.