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Safe Guard

 

Safe Guard and Child Protection Policy

 

Introduction

The health, safety and well-being of all our children, staff, parents and all the possible members are of paramount importance to all who work in our school. Our children have the right to be safe, respect and equality regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe in our school.

All staff employed at CEHS must report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations and procedures included in this policy.

Aims and Objectives

  • To ensure safe, healthy and fully inclusive school learning environment for all the staff, students and other all possible members in the premises.
  • To raise awareness and identify responsibility in reporting possible cases of abuse; through clear reporting and communicating procedures.
  • To ensure effective incident reporting, identifying the potential hazards and fixing effectively to prevent its reoccurrence.
  • Student, staff and Parent awareness sessions and CPDs to make an effective system of understanding, planning, implementing and reviewing the current procedures.
Designated Safeguarding Leaders
Governor with Safeguarding Responsibilities – Mrs. Nigar Rashed, The Principal
Mr. Valentine - Kindergarten 1 and 2
Mrs. Ditty J Adavichira - Grade 1 to 5 Girls & Boys, 6 to 12 Girls
Mr. Athul Sivadas - Grades 6 to 12 Boys

When to be concerned

Staff should be concerned if a student:

 

Neglect: The failure of a parent or caregiver to provide for the basic needs of a child in terms of adequate food, clothing, shelter, support and supervision and/or medical care.

Physical abuse: Actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury or suffering.

Sexual abuse: When an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual purposes, including probing or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities, indecent exposure, intimidation, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography.

Emotional: Behavior toward a child that undermines or destroys a child’s development or sense of self-worth; can also include unreasonable or excessive demands by a parent or caregiver that are beyond a child’s capabilities.

At risk of abuse: These are situations where children may not have been abused, but where social and medical assessments indicate a high degree of risk that they might be abused in the future. This may include situations where another child in the household has been abused, or where there is a known abuser.

 

We give special consideration to children who:

  • Have special educational needs or disabilities
  • Are young carers
  • May experience discrimination due to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification or sexuality
  • Have English as an additional language
  • Are known to be living in difficult situations – for example, temporary accommodation or where there are issues such as substance abuse or domestic violence
  • Are at risk - sexual exploitation, forced marriage, or radicalization
  • Are asylum seekers

We want all our children to achieve their full potential by:

  • Being as physically and mentally healthy as possible; experiencing good quality education opportunities with mutual respect and being equally treated ; living in a safe and inclusive environment;
  • Learning and working in a safe environment; experiencing emotional wellbeing;
  • Feeling loved and valued;
  • Receiving support from a network of reliable and affectionate relationships; learning to look after themselves;
  • Coping with everyday living;
  • Having a sense of identity and a positive image of themselves; developing their confidence and their interpersonal skills;

 

General Whole School Responsibilities

 

Principal will:

 

Inclusion Governor will:

  • Ensure that the school has a strong in place which is consistent with KHDA & Dubai Child Protection Procedures, and is readily accessible to all members of staff, both teaching and non-teaching
  • Ensure that the implementation and effectiveness of the policy and any associated polices e.g. bullying are reviewed annually by it becoming a priority item on the governing body’s agenda with information also being provided on training, the number of incidents and cases (without details or names).
  • Consider, with supervisors and designated child protection officers, the place of child protection in the school curriculum
  • Ensure that designated and other staff has the opportunity to attend appropriate training
  • Liaise with the Designated Child Protection Officer with responsibility for Child Protection in relation to any allegations of child abuse
  • To arrange specific training sessions for staff, students and parents
  • To make follow up of child protect cases with Child Protection Officer, staff, students and parents for effective enquiry and decisions.
  • To educate and train school leaders on child protection and safeguarding management in school, etc.

Administration and Transport Manager will:

  • Ensure school buses keeps an accurate central record system for maintenance and safety procedures
  • Ensure school portal attendance and punching system of students transport attendance is effectively functioning and monitoring.
  • Ensure safety and security of students in school and school buses
  • Ensures that CCTV cameras‟ are regularly checked to monitor staff and students behaviors in school and buses
  • Ensure that drivers and bus conductors behave properly with all students while traveling to school, etc.
  • Ensures students safety and security, when students are going in school transport to colleges, universities, schools and executions etc.
  • Ensures that First Aid boxes are available in all departments in school and buses etc.
  • Ensures to report the identified cases through CCTV and transport staff to the school counselors and clinic doctors for intervention.

 

Clinic Doctor will:

  • Ensure identification of hit and run cases in school
  • Conduct examinations and detailed assessments of identified cases
  • Prepare health profiles of child protection cases
  • Ensure early identification of physical and sexual abuse cases
  • Ensure that relevant information obtained in the course of their duties is communicated to the Child Protection & Inclusion Officer ï‚· Types of injuries, attendance and frequency are recorded.
  • Ensure identification of hit and run cases in school
  • Conduct examinations and detailed assessments of identified cases
  • In some cases, the child may have to take medication as a result of the abuse. The School Doctor or Nurse should ensure that all standards and procedures for administering medications in the school setting are met.
  • Prepare health profiles of child protection cases
  • Requested to provide physical treatment and emotional support after a child has been abused
  • Child abuse can leave deep emotional scars and the School Doctor or Nurse should recognize these and help to develop a rehabilitation plan in liaison with the Child Protection Officer and other appropriate staff in the case management team.
  • Give proper medical treatment to the child protection cases
  • Make referrals to the external agencies with the permission from Child Protection & Inclusion Officer, Governor or Principal.
  • Required to conduct an examination if there are physical injuries and write an initial report about the child’s physical and emotional condition

 

Class Teacher will:

In maximum cases, the first person to raise a concern is class teacher. They will collect detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns & complaints, and then liaise with designated safeguarding staff.

  • Class Teacher’s role towards creating awareness among students about:
  • Safe touch and unsafe touch.
  • Strategies for defense mechanism.
  • Keeping other staff informed about the immediate safety measures for child protection and safeguarding issues.
  • Avoid use of "Not in use" rooms in the school.
  • Learn to say "NO" when it seems to be very uncomfortable.
  • Effective use of the complaint box.

School Counselor will:

  • Provide positive encouragement to the child.
  • Support the student’s emotional well-being.
  • Any harm to the student will be reported to the Child Protection Officer and relevant information will be shared.
  • Liaise with family members determine how best to promote the child’s safety both at school and home.
  • Conduct regular counseling sessions for the student who is abused.
  • To improve the positive thinking and self-esteem of the abused student, etc.

 

The Responsibilities of Security Staff:

The Security staff undertakes to be vigilant and adhere to the procedures governing the access, detailed record-keeping, provision of a visitor’s pass to be worn for ease of identification and monitoring of visitors in the school.

Procedures

1. The teacher should inform the concerned CPO as soon as possible, and in writing within 48 hours, if there is reasonable cause to believe that abuse is occurring.

2. Where there is reasonable belief that the CPO is the perpetrator of the abuse, the teacher should report to the Principal (if not the CPO), or to the Director – Administration.

3. The CPO will take initial steps to gather information regarding the reported incident. At this stage he/she will:

 

The CPO will then form a school-based response team to address the report.
The response team may include:

 

In all cases, follow up activities are to be conducted in a manner that ensures that information is documented factually and that strict confidentiality is maintained. Storage of any report of abuse should be separate with a clear protocol for access and not included in the student’s main file.

 

4. Based on acquired information a plan of action should be developed to assist the child and family. Actions that may take place may include:

 

5. Subsequent to a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect, the following actions may take place:

 

Resources

The school is responsible for providing appropriate resources and staff training to support the policy.

Documentation

All documentation of any investigation should be kept in the child’s school confidential records file.

 

Dealing with disclosure

If a student discloses that he or she has been harmed in some way, the member of staff should:

  • Listen to what is being said without displaying shock or disbelief
  • Accept what is being said
  • Allow the child to talk freely, i.e. to tell the story in their own words
  • Ask open questions rather than leading questions
  • Reassure the child but not make promises that it might not be possible to keep
  • Not promise confidentiality, as it might be necessary to refer the case to the appropriate authority
  • Reassure the student that what has happened is not their fault
  • Stress that it was the right thing to tell someone
  • Be a supportive listener but do not push for additional details since this can jeopardize future interviews
  • Not make the child repeat the disclosure to a third party
  • Not criticize or excuse the perpetrator
  • Not make direct contact with the alleged perpetrator (even if it is a parent or caregiver)

 

Confidentiality

The school will not disclose who has reported an abuse concern in order to protect the staff involved. The school will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the staff member who has reported an abuse concern does not suffer harassment or penalty.