Mandatory Safeguarding Self Assessment Compliance Check 2019 – All Camden Schools

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Closes 24 Jul 2019

Consultation

1. Name of school and designation. (Please ensure the following information is provided e.g. maintained, academy, independent or free school)

2. Name and contact details of the Headteacher, Principal, Proprietor or equivalent

3. Name and contact details of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

4. Name of *governor or equivalent person with safeguarding responsibilities

5. The school has a current Safeguarding and Child Protection policy which is reviewed annually and updated in response to changes. It conforms to statutory requirements and is in line with CSCB procedures.

Notes on evidence of compliance

The policy is reviewed annually and agreed by the *Governing Body

The policy conforms to statutory requirements and CSCB procedures and updated in response to changes

The policy has been updated on or after September 2018 to reflect latest KCSiE  guidance and includes the date for review. If the Camden safeguarding model policy is used, it has been appropriately adapted to the school.

(Required)

6. The current safeguarding policy is provided to all staff working in the school (including those that are agency and/or supply) as part of their induction and is regularly referred to/signposted during staff training and updates.

Notes on evidence of compliance

Policy and any updates are highlighted during the annual safeguarding training and other related briefings

Induction policy/procedures includes expectations for safeguarding

Clear systems in place to inform agency staff of the school safeguarding  procedures


 

(Required)

7. The school has appointed a member of the senior management team as the DSL and another staff member to deputise for them in their absence. Arrangements are in place to ensure staff are able to consult with the DSL or DDSL at all times

Notes on evidence of compliance

The DSL should be a senior member of the school leadership team who has the necessary authority, time and resources to carry out the role. In some schools, it may be appropriate for a number of staff members to receive the DSL training to ensure sufficient capacity

(Required)

8. The school has clear procedures to ensure that volunteers involved in regulated and non-regulated activities understand the school’s safeguarding policy and their role within it

Notes on evidence of compliance

The safeguarding policy includes procedures in line with KCSiE 


 

(Required)

9. The policy is publicly available via the school website or by other means and parents are aware of how they can access it.

Notes on evidence on compliance

The correct policy is on the school website and a hard copy is held  in the school office.
 

(Required)

10. All staff, and other adults involved in regulated activities, have read Part One of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (KCSiE)

Notes on evidence of compliance

Hard and digital copies of KCSiE 2018 are made accessible to all staff and other adults involved in regulated activities

There is a record that all staff have read Part One of KCSiE 2018.

A record is maintained for other adults working in regulated activities


 

(Required)

11. There is a Behaviour policy in place. There is also an Anti-bullying policy which may be included in the school’s behaviour policy

Notes on evidence of compliance

These policies have been adopted by the Governing Body and published on the school website

 
(Required)

12. The Headteacher and at least one *governor or equivalent person have completed accredited safer recruitment training.

Notes on evidence of compliance

There is an up to date training log with copies of certificates held on file – hard copies or electronic.

(Required)

13. The school operates safer recruitment procedures and makes sure that all appropriate checks are carried out on staff *governors and volunteers who will work with children in regulated activities. All safer recruitment checks are evidenced in the Single Central Record (SCR) and checked regularly for accuracy.

Notes on evidence of compliance

The SCR is completed in line with the latest statutory national requirements with no missing information. See Part 3, KCSiE 2018

Leaders including *governors monitor the SCR regularly to ensure it is up to date and accurate.  These checks are recorded, signed and dated.

 

 

(Required)

14. The school operates safer recruitment procedures for 3rd parties (eg agency staff or service companies/consultants /contractors/coaches)

Notes on evidence of compliance

There is a record of evidence that all checks on 3rd parties have followed statutory safer recruitment procedures. This is to be included in the SCR.

See Part 3, KCSiE 2018

 

(Required)

15. Procedures are in place for dealing with allegations or concerns about safeguarding regarding staff, *governors and volunteers that comply with national and CSCB guidance.

Notes on evidence of compliance

The school has guidance for dealing with allegations made against staff e.g. CSCB guidance

Systems are in place should a member of staff wish to make an allegation against another adult working in the school, in line with KCSiE

 

(Required)

16. A member of the *governing body (usually the Chair) has been nominated to be responsible for liaising with the LA and partner agencies, in the event of an allegation being made against the Headteacher.

Notes on evidence of compliance

Details of the named person or position must be recorded in the appropriate policy.

Systems are in place in the event a member of staff wishes to make an allegation against the headteacher at the school


 

(Required)

17. The school has developed a code of conduct for staff that clearly outlines the school’s expectations in relation to the behaviour of all staff and volunteers.

Notes on evidence of compliance

The code of conduct is made accessible and is included in the induction process.

(Required)

18. The Designated Safeguarding Leaders have received up to date safeguarding training at the appropriate level.

Notes on evidence of compliance

The DSL is  familiar with CSSW thresholds, eligibility criteria and local referral procedures. School has a record of DSL training and copies of certificates

(Required)

19. All staff receive appropriate training about their role and responsibilities at least every two years, and are regularly updated via DSLs, as required.

Notes on evidence of compliance

A log of all safeguarding training is maintained for all members of staff, including training delivered internally.

The DSLs ensure that all staff are regularly informed of any changes of safeguarding legislation or practice

(Required)

20. All staff are able to recognise abuse and harm and they know how to make appropriate referrals for children about whom there are safeguarding concerns

Notes on evidence of compliance

Staff are aware of the indicators of abuse and harm. Schools have clear systems that allow staff to share concerns and discuss incidents with the DSL.

(Required)

21. The school has a robust system in place for recording discussions, decisions and actions taken in respect of safeguarding concerns for pupils.

Notes on evidence of compliance

There are agreed recording practices in place – staff use the recording templates developed by the school or shown as appendices in the model safeguarding policy.

(Required)

22. There is a nominated *governor for safeguarding who has undertaken appropriate training and receives regular updates from the DSL. All governors are aware of their roles and responsibilities regarding safeguarding.

Notes on evidence of compliance

The name of the nominated lead governor is included in the school safeguarding policy and on the school website.

A log is maintained of all governor safeguarding training

Safeguarding is a regular agenda item on the full GB agendas and committee agendas

(Required)

23. The DSLs and staff have received Prevent awareness training

Note on evidence of compliance

This is evidenced on the training log

(Required)

24. *The Governing Body has a knowledge and understanding of the Prevent Duty and its implications for the school.

Notes on evidence of compliance

Evidence of governors awareness and or training

25. The school has strategies in place to prevent pupils being drawn into radicalisation and extremism, in line with the Prevent duty.

Notes on evidence of compliance

Strategies are included in the safeguarding policy and other relevant policies.

There is evidence of teaching through the curriculum

 

(Required)

26. The school has in place systems to ensure visitors are checked when on the school site and are informed of safeguarding policy and procedures.

Notes on evidence of compliance

Safeguarding is prominent when visitors arrive at the school and the school maintains robust records of all visitors, which are available on request.
 

(Required)

27. *The Governing Body regularly receives an annual report outlining how the school is fulfilling the statutory requirements for safeguarding

Notes on evidence of compliance

Report with identified actions are clearly referenced in the minutes of meetings.

Any external reviews are referenced

(Required)

28. The school has policies and procedures in place to support the effective safeguarding of pupils from potentially harmful and inappropriate online materials.

Notes on evidence of compliance

School has an online safety policy which reflects current issues

(Schools should refer to the CSCB  model online safety policy 2018 for details of what arrangements need to be in place to ensure online safety of pupils).

29. The school has in place arrangements for dealing with incidents where children go missing from education

(Required)

Notes on evidence of compliance

Arrangements in place which inlcude having access to more than one family contact number

(Schools should refer to Camden’s Children Missing Education policy). 

30. Teaching staff are aware of their mandatory duty to report known cases of FGM to the police

(Required)

Notes on evidence of compliance

Staff are aware of the CSCB guidance on mandatory reporting for FGM

31. The school has put in place appropriate whistleblowing procedures for staff to raise concerns about poor safeguarding practice, including where issues raised are not being addressed.

(Required)

Notes on evidence of compliance

School has a whistleblowing policy

Staff are aware of who they can contact outside of the school if they believe their concerns will not be taken seriously.

32. The school has a Peer on Peer policy to deal with incidents of bullying, physical abuse, sexual violence and harassment

(Required)

Notes on evidence of compliance

Staff are aware of the new addition in KCSiE 2018 on peer on peer abuse

(Schools should refer to the Camden model Peer on Peer protocols for details on how to deal with incidents)

33. The school has a policy statement on the use of reasonable force to intervene with or restrain pupils, that is part of the behaviour management strategy.

Notes on evidence of compliance

Behaviour Management Policy and Use of Reasonable Force Statement is in place

(Schools should refer to Camden’s guidance)

34. Pupils are taught about safeguarding issues as part of the curriculum. This includes responding to local issues.

(Required)

More Information

The school plans and makes use of opportunities to raise awareness about safeguarding issues to inform students /pupils about how to keep themselves safe

35. School policies take into account the specific safeguarding needs of vulnerable groups of pupils such as looked after children, children with SEND etc

Notes on evidence of compliance

School policies are inclusive of pupils with different needs and do not inadvertently discriminate against these pupils