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Last updated October 2018.  Next Review Date: September 2019

 LDB Safeguarding Young People and Child Protection

Policy and Procedures 

Introduction to Safeguarding Young People and Child Protection

 

The safety and welfare of our students is of the utmost importance. The LDB has a statutory obligation to safeguard and promote the welfare of its students (under The Children Act 19892 and Section 175 of the Education Act 2002). All staff working in the LDB must protect young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abuse and be aware that any student may be at risk of harm or abuse. By law, we have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students through identifying any child welfare concerns and taking action to address them, in partnership with families and other agencies where appropriate.

In addition to our Safeguarding young people and child protection policy and procedure, we have otherpolicies and procedures that support our young people. We also ensure that issues of child protection andsafeguarding are raised with students during induction and through the curriculum.

Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the LDB and students. The Policycovers:

  • Students under the age of 18
  • Students aged 18 or over who have learning or physical disabilities, mental illness or are supported by Social Services i.e. vulnerable adults and looked after children
  • Students who have concerns regarding their siblings or offspring

There are a number of elements to our policy:

  • Ensuring safe recruitment practice in checking the suitability of all our staff and volunteers to work with students
  • Raising awareness of child protection issues amongst all staff and volunteers and of what to do if they have concerns
  • Providing training for all staff to proactively engage in preventing radicalisation and extremism, as part of the Government’s “PREVENT” strategy
  • Developing effective links with relevant agencies and co‐operating as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences and core group meetings
  • Establishing and maintaining a safe environment in which students feel secure and are encouraged to talk freely about anything that concerns them
  • Ensuring students know that they can approach their tutor or other members of staff if they are worried about anything including issues related to radicalisation and extremism
  • Providing early intervention and support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in the young person or vulnerable adult’s life.
  • Including opportunities in the curriculum to develop and equip students with the skills needed torecognise risks and stay safe from abuseSupporting students who have been abused or may be at risk of harm in accordance with any agreedchild protection plan
    • Ensuring we respond appropriately to any concern or allegation about a member of staff or volunteer
  • Ensuring staff follow accepted health and safety practices when working with students and that, whereappropriate, risk assessments are carried out
  • For students who are over 18 and not defined as vulnerable adults, to help them if they feel they areat risk through creating an environment, where they are encouraged to talk to the Police and/or other specialist services.
  • If there are Child Protection concerns the London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance (5th Edition 2016) will be followed (http://www.londoncp.co.uk). The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has adopted these procedures. This policy and procedure also accords with:
    • DfE guidance ‐ “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (DfE, 2016)
  • “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Advice for Practitioners (HM Government,2015)
    • “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (HM Government, 2015)
    • “Prevent Duty Guidance for FE Institutions for England and Wales”, (HM Government, 2015)

 

Definition

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students relates to any child or young person (ie. under 18 yearsof age) or a vulnerable adult up to the age of 25 who has suffered from, or may be at risk of physical injury,neglect, emotional abuse or sexual abuse (see Appendix 2 for definitions).

Recognition

The first indication of concern about a student’s welfare is not necessarily the presence of a serious injury.

Early intervention when concerns are raised ensures support can be given before problems worsen.

Concerns may be because of:

  • bruises or marks on a student’s body
  • remarks made by the student, another student, a parent or another adult
  • observations of the student’s behaviour
  • unexplained changes in the student’s behaviour or personality
  • evidence of disturbance or explicit detail about abuse or possible abuse in a student’s writing or exhibited in other behaviours
  • evidence of neglect, failure to thrive or exposure to unnecessary risks
  • unauthorised absence from LDB
  • Information about the parent(s)\carer(s) of the child or their home background
  • Disclosure of concerns by the young person/parent/carers/peers

Designated Staff for Child Protection and Safeguarding

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for safeguarding children is the Head of the centre who is responsible for the operationalmanagement of the safeguarding process. There is a team of Safeguarding Nominates, who are responsiblefor safeguarding and child protection issues Any member of staffconcerned about a student should tell the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s or one ofthe Safeguarding Nominates immediately. If they are unavailable they should talk to a senior manager orthe Principal. There is also a nominated Governor for safeguarding and child protection.

 

The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead has a responsibility to:

  • Liaise with the nominated Governor, the Local Authority Education and Children and Family Services, Police and other agencies on individual child protection cases
  • Ensure that child and vulnerable adult protection procedures are in place and are updated as appropriate and as advised and coordinate safeguarding practices across the LDB
  • Act as the external contact person within the LDB, providing advice and support and ensuring that all staff (including temporary, supply staff and volunteers and members of the Governing Body) are aware of their role
  • Work with the Deputy Lead Officer/s to co‐ordinate action within the LDB on child protection issues
  • Oversee the planning of any curricular or other provision in relation to child protection and safeguarding matters and the PREVENT agenda
  • With any other relevant staff, represent the LDB at child protection meetings and be a member of a “Core Group” if required
  • Ensure staff are familiar with this Policy and Procedure, the London Child Protection Procedures, DfE guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2016) and the PREVENT strategy
  • Ensure Students are aware of the issues around safeguarding and PREVENT, through enrichment and tutorial activities and know who to talk to if they have any concerns
  • Raise awareness about safeguarding and child protection on an on‐going basis
  • Arrange updates on safeguarding training for staff on an annual basis and induction training on child protection for new staff.
  • Ensure that all LDB staff and volunteers are aware of the LDB’s policy for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and referral procedures, and know how to recognise any concerns regarding abuse and radicalisation
  • Make known to every member of staff (including temporary and agency staff and volunteers) and every governor the names of the designated Safeguarding Officers and their roles
  • Ensure that the Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Deputy Lead Officer/s and the Safeguarding Nominates) receive update training on a regular basis, at least annually

  

The Role of the Governing Body

 

The Governing Body is required to ensure that the LDB:

  • Raises awareness of issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, youngpeople and vulnerable adults in the LDB
  • Provides a safe environment in which students learn
  • Identifies children and young people who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm andtakes appropriate action to see that such children and young people are kept safe at the LDB
  • Ensures students at risk of radicalisation are identified and supported by the LDB
  • Has procedures for reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff andvolunteers
  • Operates safe recruitment procedures
  • Designates a member of staff with sufficient authority to take lead responsibility for childprotection
  • Remedies any deficiencies or weaknesses in regard to child protection arrangements that arebrought to the Governing Body’s attention
  • The Governing Body will approve and annually review LDB policies and procedures.

  

The Role of the Deputy Lead Officer/S

 

The Deputy Lead Officer/s have a responsibility to:

  • Ensure that detailed and accurate written records are kept, even where that concern does not leadto a referral
  • Ensure that all such records are kept confidentially and securely
  • Maintain a centralised record of all safeguarding activity
  • Act as a focal point for staff concerns and liaison with other agencies and professionals
  • Lead a team of Safeguarding Nominates who act as points of contact for staff on child andvulnerable adult protection issues
  • Oversee the referral of cases of suspected abuse and allegations of abuse to the relevantinvestigating agencies. Regarding suspected issues of extremism and radicalisation, these will bereported to the Director of Student Services and External Relations who is the LDB’s Single Pointof Contact (SPOC) for all Prevent associated issues
  • Attend appropriate training as required to keep up to date with current knowledge and in fulfillingthe role as the Deputy Lead Officer/s.

 

 

The Role of the Safeguarding Nominates

 The Safeguarding Nominates:

  • Act as a point of contact for staff on child and vulnerable adult protection issues
  • Act as a point of contact for children, young people and vulnerable adults studying in the LDB onissues relating to safeguarding, extremism and radicalisation
  • Know how to make an appropriate referral
  • Keep records of all contact and ensure these are passed on to the Lead Safeguarding officer
  • Discuss individual cases with staff on a “need to know basis” to protect children’s right toconfidentiality
  • Liaise with Social Services and Children’s Services in accordance with the Safeguarding ChildrenBoard and the Sutton Safeguarding Children Board procedures.

The Role of Individual Staff

 Everyone in the LDB must be alert to the possibility that any student could be the victim of abuse,neglect or radicalisation and must be familiar with these procedures to ensure they provide early help tothe individual. Concern about a student must be discussed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, DeputyLead Officer/s or a Nominate immediately so that if necessary, a referral can be made without delay. Inurgent situations, referral must not be delayed.

Members of staff should not investigate child protection concerns. This is done by Children’s Social Care orthe Police. However, if a student says something, it is vital to listen carefully, so you can record and reportit accurately. Records will also assist other members of staff who may have concerns.

Confidentiality of Records

 Our students and their parents or carers have the right to expect all staff to deal sensitively andsympathetically with their situation. It is important that information is only available to those who need toknow it. Parents and carers and where appropriate, students should be told their right to confidentialitymay be breached if information comes to light suggesting possible harm to a young person. Childprotection issues relating to individual cases must not be subject to open discussion in the staff room orelsewhere in the LDB.

Members of staff should also remember not to promise to students to keep “secrets”.

 

 Working with Young People

 We recognise that young people, who are abused, neglected, or who witness abuse or neglect may find itdifficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helpless, humiliated and a sense of blame. TheLDB may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children and young people atrisk. When at LDB their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. TheLDB will endeavour to support the student through:

  • Providing a Student Support Services team trained to deal with child protection and safeguardingconcerns, including those which concern risks of radicalisation.
  • Promoting a LDB ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment andgives students a sense of being valued.
  • Liaising with other support agencies that support students such as Social Services and the Child andAdolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Ensuring that, where a student with a child protection plan leaves the LDB, their information istransferred to any new LDB or training provider, immediately and the Social Worker is informed.

  

Recruitment, Selection, Training and Supervision of Staff and Volunteers

During the recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers, the LDB will at all times adhere to theGovernment guidance contained within “Working Together to Safeguard Children” (HM Government 2016)and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (DfE 2016).

In particular, the LDB ensures that each recruitment panel includes an individual that has completedappropriate safer recruitment training. Gaps in employment history evident from the application form areclarified and the LDB requires specific references from employers for the last five years and ensures thatall posts, paid, voluntary and through an agency, are subject to the appropriate Disclosure and BaringService (DBS) mandatory checks.

The LDB maintains a single central record for all relevant individuals and this contains informationregarding all of the mandatory checks.

 

 Contractors and Outside Services

 The LDB expects all contractors and visiting speakers who are providing services within the LDB andwhose staff have access to LDB premises to comply with this policy. In particular, the LDB requires any contractor or organisation delivering a service on behalf of theLDB to provide evidence they adhere to the above requirements in terms of recruitment, selection,training and supervision of their staff and any volunteers, in particular DBS disclosure checks. Thecontractual paperwork issued to contractors includes specific information regarding the required checksand the expected practices of the contractors. For visiting speakers a risk assessment is completed and controlling actions determined to minimise any safeguarding risk.

The LDB has developed detailed risk assessments for managing and controlling any potential risksassociated with engaging staff through contractors including safeguarding and risks associated with PreventAgenda.

 

Child Protection Procedure

 

If concern arises about the welfare of a student the following procedure must be followed.

 

DO NOT DELAY

  • Tell the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s or a Safeguarding Nominate as soonas you can
  • Early referral gives more time to offer help to the student and family before the situation becomessevere or serious
  • When the matter is already severe or serious, early referral gives more time for others to protectthe student
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s or Nominate may consult with Children’sSocial Care.

 

 Make Written Note

 

  • At the earliest opportunity make a written record of your concerns ‐ record facts accurately and be
  • clear when you are expressing an opinion and the basis for this ‐ these notes will help to ensure
  • accuracy in recalling events later ‐ notes should be legible, signed and dated
  • These notes must be shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s orNominate as soon as possible.

 

 Concern from Something the Child Says

 

Listen ‐ do not ask questions or interrogate

Remain calm ‐ if you are shocked, upset or angry the student will sense this and this could stop them fromsaying more

Reassure ‐ the student has done nothing wrong ‐ tell them it is alright to talk

Do not promise to keep it secret ‐ tell the student you cannot keep the matter secret and will need to takeadvice from someone who can help.

 

Referral Process

 Only the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s or Safeguarding Nominates can make areferral. However, a referral must not be delayed ‐ if the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy LeadOfficer/s or Safeguarding Nominates are not available, a senior member of staff should be advised and thereferral made (see London Child Protection Procedures for details). Children’s Social Care will be happy todiscuss concerns even if you are not sure at that stage that a referral needs to be made.

 Remember

 

  • If in doubt, consult
  • Do not ignore concerns, even if these are vague
  • Your first responsibility is to the student
  • If you need help or support to manage your own feelings, this can usually be provided. Speak toyour Line Manager for advice.

 

 Contact with the Family

 Contact with the family should be discussed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/sor Nominate, who may consult with Children’s Social CareIn cases where a minor physical injury causes concern, it is usual practice to discuss this with the parent or

carer. If the explanation suggests a non‐accidental cause for the injury, (or a failure to protect the student from harm), the student, parent or carer should be informed that the matter must be referred to Children’s Social Care.

In cases of possible neglect or emotional abuse, the concern may have built up over a period of time. Theremay have been discussion previously between LDB staff and the family about sources of help, but ifconcerns persist, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s or Nominate will need to referChildren’s Social Care and will normally advise the family of this.

In cases where there are suspicions of sexual abuse, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy LeadOfficer/s or Nominate will seek immediate advice from Children’s Social Care before discussing this withthe family.

 

 Recording

 

  • All records relating to child welfare concerns will be kept on a separate student file and the file will bekept securely and stored centrally ‐ a chronology of concern should be kept
  • Written records of any concerns about students will be kept, even where there is no need to refer thematter immediately
  • Information from records will only be accessed by staff on a “need to know” basis
  • Staff will need to know when a student is subject to a Child Protection Plan (previously the ChildProtection Register), so they can monitor the student’s welfare
  • Records relating to the student’s welfare will remain on the student’s file as long as the young person
  • When the student leaves the LDB, the new LDB or provider if known, will be advised in writingthat our records contain information about child protection concerns even where these are no longercurrent. Records should be sent in a way that is lawful in terms of the requirements of the DataProtection Act.

Concern about a Staff Member, Carer or Volunteer

 

Allegations or concerns about a member of staff, worker or volunteer must immediately be notified tothe Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Head of Human Resources (or the chair of governors if theconcern is about the Director).

  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead (or Chair of Governors) will always consult the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (contactable through the local council)
  • Following consultation, the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or Chair of Governors) will decide onappropriate action. This could include:
  • immediate referral to Social Services
  • consideration of disciplinary proceedings
  • It is important to bear in mind that although the concern may relate to an individual student, otherstudents may also be at risk
  • The procedures in “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (DfE 2016) and the LSCB Procedure will befollowed in such cases
  • Appropriate consideration will be given to referral of a member of staff to the Disclosure and BarringService (DBS) if appropriate
  • Where there are concerns regarding potential risk of radicalisation of staff members or that staff areradicalising others, this must be notified to Head of LDB, Principal or Director of HR immediately. Areferral should be made to Local SPOC at S015 Met Police Unit, using Channel Process.

 

Harm, From or To, Other Children

 

  • Abuse or concerns about a risk of abuse or harm by other students is subject to the same safeguardingprocedures as in respect of students being abused by an adult
  • Professionals responding, should be alert to the risk a child or young person may pose to other youngpeople other than any “current” victim
  • Young people who harm others are likely to have considerable needs themselves (e.g. they may havebeen subjected to abuse, witnessed domestic violence or committed criminal offences).In such cases there will usually be a need to refer the alleged perpetrator of harm to Children’s Social Care.

Requests for Assistance by Other Agencies

 Staff have a legal duty to assist Local Authority Children and Family Social Care Services or the Policewhen they are making enquiries about the welfare of students

  • Information about a student must therefore be shared on a “need to know” basis with other agencies
  • When telephone requests for information are received, always maintain security by checking theidentity of the caller and if necessary, calling back before giving information about a student
  • The LDB has a data protection policy with a Designated Lead Officer. All communication and datasharing will be in line with this policy
  • Always advise the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Lead Officer/s about such requests forinformation
  • Requests for attendance at meetings about individual students (e.g. child protection conferences) shouldbe notified to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Lead Officer/s who will arrange preparationof a report and attendance at the meeting
  • Reports should contain information about the child’s:
    • academic progress
    • attendance
    • behaviour
    • relationships with children and adults
    • family
    • any other relevant matter
  • Reports should be objective, distinguishing between fact, observation, allegation and opinion
  • Unless you specify otherwise, reports will normally be made available to the student’s family.

 

Students Subject To a Child Protection Plan

 

  • The LDB will be advised by the relevant Local Authority Social Service, when a student is subject to aChild Protection Plan (previously the Child Protection Register)
  • The name of the key social worker must be clearly recorded on the student’s record
  • The LDB will participate fully in the work of Core Groups for these students, to assist with theobjectives of the Child Protection Plan for the student
  • When a student is subject to a Child Protection Plan, the LDB will report all unexplained absences
  • When a student is subject to a Child Protection Plan, the LDB will report all behavioural changes orother concerns to the key social worker
    • When a student who is subject to a Child Protection Plan leaves the LDB all the child protectioninformation will be transferred to any new LDB or provider, if known.

 

How The Policy and Procedures Will Be Reviewed and Evaluated?

 

The head of centre will ensure that the policy and the procedures are reviewed and evaluatedon an annual basis.

In reviewing and evaluating the policy and procedures, particular attention will be paid to ensuring that:

  • The requirements of relevant legal frameworks and guidance are being met
  • The processes and procedures are clearly described and are still relevant
  • The arrangements for briefing and training staff are being implemented and are effective
  • The cases relating to child protection have been effectively managed or that lessons have been learntwhere they have not been effectively managed and any necessary changes have been implemented
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead will keep the Designated Governor updated in terms of the above

Related Documents

 

Legislation and Guidance:

  • The Children Act 1989 Report 2004, 2005, (2006)
  • The Education Act, Section 175 (2002), (2004)
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2015)
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)
  • ‘No Secrets’: guidance on developing and implementing multi‐agency policies and procedures toprotect vulnerable adults from abuse (2000)
  • Information Sharing (2015)
  • Safeguarding Disabled Children
  • The Prevent Duty
  • London Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
  • LSCB Multi‐Agency Threshold Document
  • Resolution and Escalation Protocol
  • Single Point of Access (SPA) Protocol
  • What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Advice for Practitioners (2015)
  • Flow Chart: Actions when there are concerns about a child (Keeping Children Safe in Education,Draft Guidance (2016)
  • Flow chart of Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check and Barred List Check
  • Anti Bullying Policy

APPENDIX 1

 

DEFININITIONS ABUSE/NEGLECT/HARM

Abuse is a form of maltreatment. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing toact to prevent harm. Abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely stand alone events that can becovered by a definition or label. In most cases multiple issues will overlap with one another.

  1. Physical Abuse

This may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocatingotherwise causing physical harm. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer feignssymptoms of or deliberately causes, ill health to a child they are looking after.

  1. Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe andpersistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. I may involve conveying to thechild that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate or valued only in so far as they meet the needsof another person. Age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children,causing children frequently to feel frightened, or the exploitation or corruption of children.

  1. Sexual Abuse

This involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities whether ornot a child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact includingpenetration or non‐penetrative acts. For example, it may also include involving the child looking ator being involved in the production of pornographic material or watching sexual activities orencouraging the child to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

  1. Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over children and youngpeople and use it to sexually abuse them. This can involve a broad range of exploitive activity, fromseemingly “consensual” relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation,gifts or cigarettes, through to very serious organised crime. Children and young people at risk ofsexual exploitation are some of the most vulnerable in our society. Many have experiencedabandonment or have suffered from physical and mental abuse.

  1. Children Missing from Education

Children missing from education are vulnerable to be exposed to abuse such as travelling to conflictzones, radicalisation, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Unexplained orfrequent absences should always be followed up to ensure they are not linked to any form of risk.

  1. Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely toresult in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development such as failing to provideadequate food, shelter and clothing or neglect of or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotionalneeds.

  1. Risk to self and /or others

This may include but is not exclusive to self‐harm, suicidal tendencies or potential risk of harmingothers, which may or may not include children. This may be as a consequence of an individualexperiencing a significant level of personal, emotional trauma and or stress.

  1. Financial or Material Abuse

Including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance orfinancial transactions or the misuse of misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

  1. Discriminatory Abuse

Is an action that denies social participation or human rights to categories of people based on

prejudice. The LDB does not tolerate discrimination on any grounds.

  1. Forced Marriages

These are marriage relationships conducted without the valid consent of both parties, where duressis a factor. If there are concerns that student is in danger of a forced marriage the DesignatedSafeguarding Lead or Nominate will follow government guidelines and contact will be made withthe “Forced Marriage Unit”. Arranged marriage is an entirely separate issue and must not beconfused with forced marriage.

  1. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse which has devastating physical andpsychological consequences for girls and women. It is illegal in the UK. There are a range ofpotential indicators that a girl may be at risk of FGM. Warning signs that FGM may be about to takeplace, or may have taken place, can be found on pages16‐17 of the Multi‐Agency PracticeGuidelines. If staff have a concern regarding a girl that might be at risk of FGM they should informthe Lead Designated Officer immediately by activating the safeguarding procedure and the LeadDesignated Officer. The LDB has a mandatory reporting duty (under section 74 of the SeriousCrime Act 2015), which places a statutory requirement upon teachers to report such cases on a girlunder 18 to the Police. Failure to report such cases will face disciplinary sanctions.

  1. Cyberbullying

 

Cyberbullying and Online safety; cyberbullying is the use of communication technology to torment,threaten, harass, humiliate, embarrass or otherwise harm an individual by sending or posting textmessages or pictures intended to do so. Guidance on e‐security is available from the NationalEducation Network – NEN.

  1. Bullying

May take many forms and is an act of aggression causing a person to feel threatened or intimidatedbecause of those actions.

  1. Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is the recurrent use of illegal drugs, or the misuse of prescription or over‐the‐counterdrugs with negative consequences. These consequences may involve: problems at LDB, home orin interpersonal relationships; problems with the law; physical risks to health; and physical risksthat come with using drugs in dangerous situations. Staff should always refer to the safeguardingteam if they suspect a student is involved in drug abuse.It is now a specific criminal offence to supply, offer to supply or be in possession with the intent tosupply any psychoactive substances under the new Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. This appliesto drugs previously considered as ‘Legal Highs’.

  1. PREVENT

The Prevent strategy, launched in 2007, seeks to stop people becoming terrorists or supportingterrorism. It is the preventative strand of the government’s counter‐ terrorism strategy, CONTEST.LDBs have had a statutory duty to implement the Prevent Duty Guidance 2015.

N.B. Where the LDB is providing education for a child of compulsory school age, the LDB

shall work collaboratively with the appropriate local authority in order to share information aboutthe attendance and/or absences of that child a the local authority deems necessary, as set out inthe departmental advice – Enrolment of 14‐16 year olds in full time education. The LDB shouldalso inform the relevant local authority immediately if that child is removed from roll so that thelocal authority can as part of their duty identify children of compulsory school age who are missingfrom education.

Objectives of the Prevent strategy are to:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat from those who promoteit
  • Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriateadvice and support
  • Work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to addressIf there are concerns that a student is becoming radicalised and involved in an organisationwhich could ultimately harm the student and the community, this needs to be reported to theDesignated Safeguarding Lead, Deputy Lead Officer/s or Safeguarding Nominates.

Notes: 

  • 1 The term child protection covers children, young people and vulnerable adults up to the age of twenty five years
  • 2 The Children Act 1989
  • 3 Section 175 of the Education Act 2002
  • 4 Safer Recruitment Procedure
  • 5 Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Staff Procedure