Student Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Responsibilities

Newark Football Club Academy recognises that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their parents or carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.

All staff working (including visiting staff) in Newark Football Club Academy are required to:

  • Indicate that they have read, understand and agree to comply with Part 1 and Annex A of the Department for Education’s statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and review this guidance at least annually.
  • Be aware of our child protection and safeguarding policy and procedures, including referrals to statutory agencies. They must understand the role of the DSL and know how to deal with children missing from education.
  • Observe and comply with the staff code of conduct.
  • Attend all relevant training and development provided by the academy and be aware of all their responsibilities in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.
  • Know how to deal with a disclosure. If a student discloses to a member of staff that they are being abused, the staff member should follow the guidance set out in Appendix 1.
  • Understand the academy’s management policy and procedure and knows what to do in the event of an allegation made against someone working with children.
  • Be alert to the signs of harm and abuse, including issues that can manifest themselves due to peer-on-peer abuse. This is most likely to include, but not limited to:
  • Bullying (including cyber bullying);
  • Gender-based violence/sexual assaults; and
  • Sexting
  • Staff should follow the Child Protection Procedures with regards to peer-on-peer abuse as outlined in this policy. Further information can be found in Appendix 2.
  • Know the Designated and Deputy Safeguarding Lead’s name and contact details including telephone numbers and email.
  • Be aware of the early help process. This includes identifying emerging problems, liaising with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, sharing information with other professionals to support early identification and assessment and, in some cases, acting as the lead professional in undertaking an early help assessment.

Newark Football Club will:

  • Assess the impact of this policy in keeping children safe.
  • Contribute any local, contextual information that may support children’s safety and welfare.
  • Appoint a nominated governor to liaise with the Head of Academy and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) on Safeguarding issues.
  • Receive and consider regular reports from the Head of Academy about the effectiveness of safeguarding and child protection at the academy.
  • Keep abreast of training to ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep all children safe.
  • Review and annually approve the safeguarding policy, ensuring it complies with all law, regulation and good practice. They will also hold the headteacher to account for its implementation.
  • Ensure all Governors read Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020.
  • Receive any allegations made against the Head of Academy.

The Head of Academy will:

  • Be responsible for the implementation of this and all related policies and procedures, ensuring that the outcomes are monitored.
  • Ensure that whilst the activities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) can be delegated to appropriately trained deputies, the ultimate lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, as set out below, remains with the DSL.
  • Meet regularly with the DSL.
  • Ensure that the DSL has appropriate time, funding, training, and resources to fulfil all of their functions and ensure adequate cover in the event that the DSL isn’t available.
  • Ensure that everyone connected to the academy is aware of this policy including safeguarding and child protection procedures.
  • Attend advanced training with an accredited provider.
  • Ensure that all staff are vigilant to harm and abuse, are able to identify those students for whom there are child protection concerns, and can make appropriate referrals, including to early help services.
  • Be alert to the signs of harm and abuse and specific safeguarding issues including but not limited to:
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), including County Lines activity;
  • Serious violent crime including serious violent sexual offences;
  • Peer-on-Peer abuse; and
  • Radicalisation.
  • Peer-on-peer abuse can manifest itself in many ways but often in bullying (including cyber bullying) gender-based violence/sexual assaults and sexting. Staff should follow the Child Protection Procedures with regards to peer-on peer-abuse as outlined in this policy.
  • Appoint a designated teacher to promote the educational achievement and welfare of students who are looked after and to ensure that this person has appropriate training.
  • Communicate clearly to visitors, parents, and students so everyone understands the academy’s safeguarding policy and procedures.
  • Appoint a DSL and Deputy DSL giving consideration to the range of responsibilities the DSL undertakes, e.g. the DSL needs to have the flexibility to act immediately on a referral that requires an urgent response and time to attend lengthy meetings or case conferences.
  • Ensure that contact and role details of the DSL and Deputy DSL are clearly displayed.
  • Report to the football club regularly regarding the effectiveness of safeguarding and implementation of related policies.
  • Ensure safe recruitment practice is followed when recruiting for posts, and ensure appropriate action is taken when an allegation is made against a member of staff.
  • Ensure all appropriate checks are made in relation to all staff, volunteers, and visitors, including Section 128 checks for School Governors.
  • Ensure the academy offers a safe environment via a robust Health and Safety Policy and procedure to meet the statutory responsibilities for the safety of students and staff at the academy.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is responsible for:

  • Being available for all staff to discuss any safeguarding issues or concerns.
  • Ensuring all staff are aware of the DSL and deputy contact details.
  • Ensuring all cases of suspected or actual problems associated with child protection or safeguarding concerns (including cases where the early help process may be appropriate) are referred to the appropriate agencies in line with procedures set out in this policy, keeping the Head of Academy appraised.
  • Ensuring the academy’s safeguarding policy and practice is relevant and consistent with the most recent statutory guidance outlined in Appendix 3 and 4.
  • Being aware of the latest national and local guidance and requirements and keeping the Head of Academy and staff informed as appropriate.
  • Attending accredited, enhanced training each year, as required to fulfil the role.
  • Ensuring that appropriate training for staff is organised according to the agreed programme with the Head of Academy and renewed through ongoing professional development.
  • Ensuring families are fully aware of the academy policies and procedures and kept informed and involved.
  • Ensuring that effective communication and liaison takes place between the academy and the Local Authority or partner agencies, and any other relevant agencies, where there is a Safeguarding concern in relation to a student.
  • Ensuring that all staff have an understanding of child abuse, neglect, and pee-on-peer abuse and their main indicators, including for looked after children and additional vulnerabilities of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
  • Dealing with allegations of abuse, including assessments for early help, in accordance with local and statutory procedures.
  • Supporting the staff member in liaising with other agencies and setting up an interagency assessment as appropriate if early help is appropriate.
  • Ensuring that adequate reporting and recording systems are in place.
  • Liaising with the Governing Body’s nominated governor for safeguarding.
  • Ensuring relevant records (and further information not contained in the child’s child protection file) are passed on appropriately when students transfer to other schools or are being educated at alternative provision or off-site education.
  • Being aware of children who are or who may be living in a private fostering arrangement. The Local Authority Private Fostering Officer is known to the academy and ensures liaison to support the welfare and safety of the child.
  • Undertaking the Children and Safeguarding Board Executive (LSBC) annual safeguarding audit.
  • Referring suspected cases, as appropriate, to the relevant body (local authority children’s social care, Channel programme, Disclosure and Barring Service, and/or police), and support staff who make such referrals directly.
  • Contributing and helping other staff to contribute to early help assessments.
  • Meeting regularly with the Head of Academy to discuss safeguarding issues including outcomes and implementation of actions relating to case conferences and core groups and all current case work. Other key staff will be invited as appropriate.  Safeguarding matters arising will be discussed routinely leadership team meetings.