The Objective of this Statement:
To contribute to the personal safety/welfare of all children/young people attending Lote Tree Supplementary School by promoting child protection awareness, good practice and sound procedures in all aspects of safeguarding.
We at Lote Tree Supplementary School believe that children/young people have the right to be treated equally and to learn in a safe and friendly environment.
This policy is based on the following principles:
- The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
- All children/young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial
origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- Staff/volunteers are trained to understand the nature of abuse and to be alert to matters of concern
- All staff/volunteers working in this supplementary school have a duty to safeguard children and young people
- All staff/volunteers in this supplementary school have a responsibility to report concerns to the designated person with responsibility for child protection at the school, and/or to the school’s co-ordinator.
We aim to safeguard children/young people by:
- Development and implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures including: child protection and health & safety policies and guidelines; a code of conduct for staff/volunteers, staff and volunteer procedures; complaints, whistleblowing and equal opportunity policies.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children/young people, parents and carers and staff/volunteers
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children/young people appropriately
- Following carefully the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff/volunteers
- Providing effective management for staff/volunteers through support, supervision and training
- Involving children, where appropriate, in the development and implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures
- Reviewing our policy and good practice regularly.
The following designated person has been nominated by Lote Tree Supplementary School to refer allegations or suspicions of neglect or abuse to the statutory authorities.
The designated person is: Sabeena Hussain, Supplementary School Lead (currently Year 3 teacher at a local primary school in Milton Keynes)
In the absence of the designated person, the matter should be brought to the attention of the second designated person.
The second designated person is: Mohamed Suleman (former Safeguarding Officer for British Red
Cross in Milton Keynes)
If you are worried about a child or young person in Milton Keynes please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01908 253169/253170 for advice or to make a referral, 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm Friday. Out of hours Emergency Social work team can be contacted on 01908 265545.
Policy statement agreed on behalf of the management committee