Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young 3. 3 Child protection issues include ensuring a safe environment whilst a student is in school; this is covered by the health and safety provision in school. All members of staff are required to wear a lanyard ID; this is to identify who is staff for the purpose of safe guarding our students. If any members of staff are unable to attend school, they must inform the school office first thing in the morning.
If for any reason we need to go off site, we are required to sign in or out in a register in the school office. Any member of the public or outside agencies wishing to visit the school must also sign in and out and wear a lanyard ID. This register is readily available for the office staff to see in the event of an emergency to determine who is on site; also anyone walking around the school without identification on must challenged by other members of staff for the safeguarding of the students.
Whilst working in school I am in a position of responsibility and it is essential at all times to respect confidentiality. As a teaching assistant I should always be mindful of conversations outside of school in regards of confidentiality. We have a school publicity officer who regularly has opportunities to photograph students for local press and the school web site. To comply with child protection issues, parents are invited to inform school if they do not wish their child to be photographed.
There is a register kept on SIMS (schools information management system) of students who are not to be photographed, this can be assessed by all members of staff. Policies and procedures are set in place not only to protect the students but adults who also work with them, it is vital that anyone working with children follow the safe working practice to ensure that not only the students are protected but also themselves. For example if a student makes a disclosure, it is vital that it is taken seriously, even if later it is proven to be untrue.
The student should be listened to and to be calm and supportive towards them, this will allow them to talk freely and openly to you. Reassure them that it was good to talk to someone and that it must have been hard for them, but make sure that they know that anything that they disclose will be passed on to the relevant member of staff (child protection officer). Once the disclosure has been made notes should be written up in the students own words, including names that were mentioned, the time and place of disclosure then passed onto the child protection officer. When working
with students we have a duty of care and it is important for the parents to trust us, one of the main areas of gaining their trust is by getting a CRB check done. Every member of staff should have one; this is in place to protect the students from harm or significant harm. This is now known as DBS (Disclosure baring service). Our behaviour policy outlines the school’s aims of how to create a positive community atmosphere in which students can learn effectively by promoting good standards of behaviour. The behaviour of the students outside school is just as important as they represent the school at all times.
The school aims to recognise and respond to good behaviour; by promoting a positive classroom environment, teachers are encouraged to praise student’s good behaviour and work. The policy outlines rewards and sanctions, and sets out a code of conduct that all children, staff, parents and governors should be aware of. Any physical bullying, kicking, hitting, pinching or violent threats are taken seriously within our school, this is covered under our behaviour policy and acted quickly upon, we empathise with the victim and discus what has happened, we will inform their tutor and be supportive.
However both the victim and the bully would need to be interviewed and decide if it is bullying, this is done by our behaviour officer, where she also does restorative justice where they try and resolve any issues between both parties. Verbal bullying which could be name calling, spreading rumours, teasing is also reported to their tutors and mentioned, if needed to the behaviour officer again she can sit both parties down to resolve their issues or agree sanctions that may need to be put in place.
Any sort of bullying cause students to have low self esteem become withdrawn, by working close to the students on a regular basis they become to trust us and sometimes it is easier to confide to the LSA (learning support assistant). We must make sure that they are aware that anything said to use would need to be passed on to another appropriate adult to be dealt with correctly either our behaviour officer or the child protection officer. Physical bullying some of the signs to look out for maybe the students are reluctant to change for P.
E, they may keep their clothes on in hot weather, they may flinch at sudden movements, there may be signs of bruises, cuts or even burns, but you must also remember that these can also be caused by accidents, if there are any concerns notes need to be made and reported to the child protection officer. Statutory protection for employees who whistle blow: This is provided by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (“PIDA”). This act protects the employees against any reprisals from the member of staff who they have made a discloser about.
This policy protects all members of staff who work within the school. The policy is meant to give the staff confidence about raising the concerns of conduct which is illegal, unethical or unsafe . It offers the members of staff assurance from reprisals or victimisation to whistleblowing As a learning support assistant, I am not responsible for the setting up of the ICT equipment; we have three ICT technicians on site who are responsible for the setting up and the maintenance of all ICT equipment.
They set all the secure settings that are required for safeguarding our students. However on the odd occasion just an ordinary word tapped in for research could bring an inappropriate image, when this happens I would minimise the screen and ask the student to work along side another until the technician could block it from the site There are general rules that are published and displayed in every ICT room for example: Do not share your password with anyone Do not misuse or damage the equipment
Do not use offensive, racist or abusive material The students are also reminded that if they use or do any of the above they will be locked off the system for a limited amount of time; this is judged on the incident that had occurred. Internet use and mobile phones As part of the ICT curriculum, the teacher will go over the risks of being online or just using their mobile phones. He talks about the risk of cyber-bullying on social networking sites, by texts, emails or instant messaging.
He explains that pictures of them could be posted and changed without their consent and their identities could be stolen, so it could feel like the bullying carry’s on out of school and never stops. They are told that by making friends with strangers online, they could potentially be making friends with a paedophile who could be grooming them, by pretending to be the same age and has the same interests from information that they have managed to get from them while gaining their trust, he reminds them that they can not be 100% sure of who they are messaging.
The students are reminded that “not everything is always as it seems” that they may be being lied to! They are told not give out any personal information i. e. ; Name, address, phone number and which school they go to as this may lead to the person asking to meet them. They are told that by Downloading illegal music or videos, this may cause the computer to get a virus which may lead to the computer getting pop ups, some of which may have sexual content which could lead to adult sites and criminal convictions.
He also talks about when they want to text, email or message someone to make sure that they are happy with the contents before they hit that send button, because it’s too late once it has been sent. He went over that sometimes when you write things down they do not always come across like they are written and maybe upsetting, think about the consequences, will it upset someone, could it be a criminal offence, will the police need to be informed, how would they feel to be on the receiving end of something upsetting via the internet or phone.
Most children want the latest mobile phones and when using them in public this could put them at risk of being beaten up, robbed and seriously hurt. They may give out the number to people who they usually would have nothing to do with, who now have a way to contact and communicate with them, and this could lead to them receiving texts and images that are not appropriate and are upsetting. I am working with a student at the moment, where I have some concerns about her general welfare; she is loosing weight, has poor attendance and is quite withdrawn.
I have kept notes and passed them on to her head of year, who then informed the child protection officer. After a couple of phone calls we have now found out that her mum has walked from the family home. An appointment was made for her to see the school councillor, where it was decided that the social services needed to be informed. I am continuing to monitor her and take any necessary notes, which are being passed to the child protection officer and if needed to social services to be dealt with accordingly.