SCHOOL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT
- We are committed to supporting parents and families
- As leaders of the School we are committed to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of children and young people
- We recognise that child protection is everybody’s responsibility
- We are committed to following the agreed procedures and following statutory and specialist guidelines.
- We seek to support all in the School affected by abuse
If you have any concerns for a child or in relation to any child protection matter then speak to one of the following who have been approved as child protection co-ordinators for this School:
- M Emlyn Humphries (Headteacher and designated safeguarding lead)
- Angela Toms (Deputy designated safeguarding lead)
- Carina Bowman (Designated safeguarding and CLA trustee)
Making a referral : Essex Effective Support for Families
Trips and Visits
Visiting speakers are welcome to The Christian School Takeley. They make a contribution to the life and work of the school in many different ways. The learning opportunities and experience they bring are encouraged and appreciated. It is the school’s responsibility, however, to ensure that the security and welfare of its pupils is not compromised at any time. The school is equally responsible to the whole school community for ensuring that visitors comply with the guidelines.
School trips are encouraged. All trips are planned with educational value in mind and fully risk assessed. Please see our policy for details.
Policy to prevent the radicalisation of students
The schools ethos and values are based on the shared faith that as Christians we are to love God and our neighbour. We aspire to promote the world view that upholds the sanctity of life and calls us to love our enemies. It is a fundamental value that no view or belief is promoted through hate and anyone who hates does not love God. We also believe that our words and actions should be loving and encouraging. It is a foundational principal that the world has enough bigots and we don’t want to add to them; we should engage in fruitful criticism of modern culture with humility and teach this.
- We work with Essex Safeguarding board and participate in local training events http://www.escb.co.uk/
- Essex Police 0800 789321 or 101
Local Hate Incident Reporting Centres:
- Uttlesford District Council Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4ER
Tel: 01799 510510
Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5pm (Mon -Thurs)
8.30am – 4.30pm (Fri)
Specialist provision: Community www.uttlesford.gov.uk
- West Essex MIND, The Wellbeing Centre, 10-11 Corner House, Bush Fair, Harlow, CM18 6NZ
Tel: 01279 421308
Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm
Specialist provision: Mental Health www.westessexmind.org.uk
Our Prevent Policy is incorporated into the Child Protection Policy (above)
E-safety and Mobile Phones in School
We ask our parents to make sure that they have read and agree with the school policy on pupils use of electronic devices and the internet in school. For details see: E-Safety Policy
In addition to the E-Safety Policy, pupils, staff and parents and any visitors who use our IT system are asked to sign Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs).
Physical intervention and Touch
The need for intervention to physically move or restrain a child is rare and staff are shown how to correctly handle such situations.
All school staff members have a legal power to use reasonable force to prevent pupils committing a criminal offence, injuring themselves or others or damaging property, and to maintain good order and discipline as set out in our Physical Intervention and Positive Touch Policy: Physical Intervention and Positive Touch Policy
Children who are Questioning whether they belong to their Sex
Gender is an important part of an individual’s identity and developing a positive sense of an individual’s gender is part of growing up. We encourage our pupils to realise and understand who they are in God – who He has made them to be, how He sees them and their identity as a child of God. This is a key part of our mission as a school.
As we support and guide pupils on that journey, we recognise that there are many challenges that our pupils face in the world we live in. One such challenge is the unsettling feelings that some pupils may have in relation to their gender, such as feeling that they are in the wrong body. This may lead to them questioning whether they belong as members of their sex. This policy sets out how we, as a school community, will love and support such pupils and ensure that there is no discrimination to that person on the basis of this. We will manage our non-discrimination policy in line with the Equality Act 2010.
For more information, please see our policy document
Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Where there are concerns about the safety of a child, the sharing of information in a timely and effective manner between organisations can reduce the risk of harm. Our full Data Protection and Confidentiality Policy is available from the school office.
We are committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. Staff and others working with us (including agency workers, contractors, drivers and volunteers) have a responsibility to bring concerns about any aspect of our work to the attention of senior leadership and/or relevant agencies. This procedure encourages staff to raise serious concerns, without fear of reprisal or victimisation, internally within.
This policy is separate to the Child Protection Policy and the Complaints Procedure. Whistleblowing Policy