Don't delay – call the police on 999,
or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.
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Safeguarding is the responsibility of EVERYONE at Barton Clough, whatever your role. It is essential that you have read and understood our Safeguarding Policy, if you want to work with children in our school. This will be given to you as part of your 'Induction Pack' or 'Visitor Pack' when you first visit, but can also be found on the link below.
Everyone shares responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, irrespective of individual roles. Nevertheless, in order that organisations and practitioners collaborate effectively, it is vital that all partners who work with children, including local authorities, the police, the health service, the courts, professionals, the voluntary sector and individual members of local communities are aware of, and appreciate, the role that each of them play in this area.
If you are worried that a child is being harmed or abused, then you should contact Trafford's Multi Agency and Referral and Assessment team (MARAT) on 0161 912 5125 or out of hours to the Emergency duty team 0161 912 2020.
Department of Education's advice to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take is provided in the 2015 guidance 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused'.
The school's Whistleblowing Policy can be found on the 'Policies and Procedures' page of this website, in the 'Key Information' section. A paper copy is also available from the Main Office.
What is whistleblowing?
The term ‘whistleblowing’ is sometimes confused with the need to report safeguarding or professional concerns about another member of staff or adult in the school. Concerns about staff behaviour should always be taken to the headteacher (or to the Chair of Governors if it is about the Head). Whistleblowing is about systemic or procedural failures and is not only confined to issues about staff conduct.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) says, ‘organisations should have…clear whistleblowing procedures, which reflect the principles in Sir Robert Francis’s Freedom to Speak Up review and are suitably referenced in staff training and codes of conduct, and a culture that enables issues about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to be addressed’.
The Freedom To Speak Up review was undertaken as a result of poor care practices at the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital in the late-2000s. Sir Robert Francis’ report outlines twenty principles which have now been used to support improved practice in other organisations. Working Together applies the ‘Francis’ report principles to schools.
NSPCC Whistleblowing advice line:
The Whistleblowing Advice Line offers free advice and support to professionals with concerns about how child protection issues are being handled in their own or another organisation.
If you think an organisation is putting children at risk, even if you're not certain, call us today to talk through your concerns.
A chat with your partner or a mate about your concerns won’t change anything but a chat with the NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line can change a child’s life.
Allegations of abuse against professionals
Schools must act fairly, quickly and consistently when an allegation is made against a member of school staff. They have a duty to safeguard children and they also have a duty as an employer to support the accused until an outcome has been reached to a case.
All schools must have a “managing allegations against staff” policy that identifies the designated safeguarding lead for the school. This person will have responsibility for managing allegations and making sure actions taken comply with local procedures. At Barton Clough this is contained within our Safeguarding Policy - available on the 'Policies and Procedures' page of this website.
The main piece of government guidance that schools must adhere to with regards to managing allegations is Keeping children safe in education (DfE, 2016). This should be used alongside Working together to safeguard children (DfE, 2015).