Policies and Procedures
Model Safeguarding Policy
Following the release of Working Together 2013, which is statutory guidance published by the DFE, the 'Safeguarding Policy' template has been amended. Please ensure that the appropriate links and additional information (such as in regrd to storage of mobile phones for Early Years settings) is included where indicated, and that the Policy is personalised in terms of the individual school. Safeguarding Policy (Amended Feb 2014)
A Mobile Phone and Camera Toolkit for Early Years Setting, April 2013
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) requires settings to have a safeguarding policy and procedure which includes the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting to minimise the risk of inappropriate sharing of images. Early Years providers should therefore include an item within their Safeguarding/Child Protection policy in regard to their procedures and have regard to the advice and guidance of the toolkit. Although this toolkit has been developed by Early Years specialists from Entrust specifically to support Early Years settings, the principles embodied in this guidance support good practice in a multitude of child care settings and can be applied to any organisation working with children.
Mobile Phone and Camera Toolkit for Early Years Setting, April 2013
The Council expects employees who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Council's work to come forward and voice those concerns. If and when they do, provided they act in good faith and follow the laid down procedures, the Council will do everything it can to ensure that they are not victimised in any way.
HR99 Whistleblowing Policy (41KB)
Whistleblowing Contact Officers (493KB)
Please follow this link for more information on the Whistle Blowing Policy via the HR Procedures pages (login required).
Staff must be alerted to the organisation's 'Whistle Blowing' Policy. Maintained schools will have adopted the County Council Whistle Blowing Policy. Although this covers the situations when staff may have concerns about the behaviour of colleagues, the main focus of the policy is on the issues which fall within the Public Disclosure Act e.g. financial misdemeanours. A school/college may therefore decide to have a separate 'safeguarding' whistle blowing policy in addition to the standard Policy, which makes it explicit that professionals can, and should, disclose concerns about the behaviour of colleagues and volunteers if, for any reason, they feel unable to follow the standard managing allegations procedures, or if their concerns have been ignored or dismissed. The Whistle Blowing Policy makes it clear to staff that their employment is protected in these circumstances provided the concern has been raised in good faith. This document provides a template for developing such a Policy.
Safeguarding Whistle Blowing Policy template
Restrictive Physical Intervention
Government guidance on Restrictive Physical Intervention has recently changed:
"Allegations sometimes arise from the use of physical intervention by staff and to minimise the risk of this, schools need robust processes and procedures that are understood by staff, children and parents. The guidance has recently changed, and the current expectation (which may be subject to change following the election of a new Government in May) is that schools will have implemented updated procedures from September 2010. Please be aware that schools must advise each and every parent who has Parental Responsibility whenever force has been used to control or restrain pupils. The only exception to this is if to do so would be likely to result in the child suffering significant harm (defined as inappropriate or excessive chastisement). An Incident report form is attached to the guidance in Annex B. Please note that the names of other pupils involved or witnessing the incident must be removed before the form is sent to parents, and teachers must be consulted before their names are used in this paperwork. Governors need to be aware of this guidance, and monitor incidents.
Policies currently covering 'restrictive Intervention' will need to be updated to take into account the new guidance."
Further information can be found on at the DFE Use of force to control or restrain pupils
Staffordshire's model Restrictive Physical Intervention Policy has been updated (February 2012) and is available to download. Guidance is also available in the document Restrictive Physical Intervention for Schools and Children .
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