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Child Protection Policy Appendices

Child Protection Policy Appendices

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Recreation RoadInfant SchoolChild ProtectionPolicySept 2008
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 Appendix 1
Responsibilities
Headteacher/ designated person
The Headteacher, Ms Serena Dixon is the designated teacher for childprotection. In her absence the deputy headteacher, Mrs Nicola Cushionshould be contacted.Governor- Mrs Isabel JonesThey are responsible for:
co-ordinating action within the school and liaising with Social Servicesand other agencies over cases of abuse and suspected abuse
acting as a source of advice within the school
ensuring that staff are familiar with the policy and procedures
referral of individual cases of suspected abuse to the relevant SocialServices area
liaising with agencies about individual cases
reporting to Full Governing Body at least annually
organising training on child protection within schoolWhere referrals are made to social services, the referral should be confirmedin writing within 24 hours.Where there is uncertainty about making a full referral, advice can still besought from the social service department without giving the child’s details.
Staff and Volunteers
All staff and volunters are required to read and implement our Child ProtectionPolicy.All staff and volunteers need to be alert to the signs of abuse as detailed inthis policy. They should report any concerns immediately, where possible tothe designated teacher or his/ her deputy. If in any doubt they should consultwith the designated teacher.Apply the procedures detailed below for responding to a suspected caseremembering that:
you cannot promise confidentiality
information should only be shared with those who need to know
it is important to stay calm and reassuring
the needs and safety of the child must always come first
when in doubt – ask for advice from professionals
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Appendix 2
Guidance on recognising suspected abuse
Child abuse is a term used to describe ways in which children are harmed bysomeone often in a position of power. It may not be our responsibility todecide whether child abuse is occurring but we are required to act on anyconcerns and report it to the appropriate party.
The health, safety andprotection of a child is paramount.
PHYSICAL ABUSE
Can include hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding,suffocating or causing any form of physical harm to a child. Possible signsinclude:Unexplained injuries or burnsRefusal to discuss injuriesImprobable explanations of injuriesUntreated injuries or lingering illnessAdmission of punishment which appears excessiveShrinking from physical contactFear of returning home or parents being contactedFear of undressingFear of medical helpAggression/ bullyingOver compliant behaviour Running awaySignificant changes in behaviour Deterioration in workUnexplained pattern of absences
EMOTIONAL ABUSE
This is persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severeand persistent adverse effects on a child’s emotional development. It caninclude:
conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved
placing inappropriate age-related expectations on children
making children feel frightened or in danger on a frequent basisPossible signs of emotional abuse include:Continual self-deprecationFear of new situationsInappropriate emotional responses to painful situations
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