Safeguarding and Child Protection at Pathways School
“Systems and procedures to ensure pupils’ safety are established and pupils are safe in school.” – Ofsted, March 2018
This information is for the adults who come into contact with children and young people at Pathways School. Please read the following information which is designed to help education staff and visitors to understand the importance of working safely with you people here at Pathways School.
Please remember the following – children/young people who are at risk of harm or neglect can sometimes be identified by the following:
- Verbal disclosure
- ‘Secrets’ – Adults MUST share information that could indicate that a child is being harmed or neglected
- Information from concerned friends or other students
- Emotional well-being
- Written school work
Managing allegations against members of staff
In exceptional circumstances, you may have concerns about the conduct of a staff member. It is very important that you do the following:
- If it is a member of staff, you MUST share your concerns with the Head Teacher
- If it is the Head Teacher, you MUST share your concerns with the Chair of Governors who can be contacted by the school office on 01642 779292.
Allegations against staff will be referred to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who will coordinate any further action.
Keeping young people safe
All staff and visitors have a responsibility to help identify children and young people who are at risk of significant harm and in need of protection.
If you identify a Child Protection/Safeguarding concern in respect of a young person, it must be reported to a member of our school Safeguarding Team as soon as possible.
Helpful tips to protect children
Safeguarding children and young people is a sensitive area and requires a ‘working together’ ethos. Good lines of communications MUST be shared with the Safeguarding Team as soon as possible. It is important that the child’s voice is heard and recorded.
A child may choose to share child protection concerns with you. You should listen to the young person at an appropriate time; try to record word for word what they have disclosed. Please be factual and remember to state:
- The name of the child
- The date and time of the disclosure
- Details of the disclosure
- The author’s name, signature and date.
Pathways School is committed to safeguarding all of its children and young people. We have a detailed safeguarding and child protection policy – which can found in full in the policies section of our website.
The Senior Leadership Team along with Governors and all staff, work hard to see that it is followed. Anyone with a concern about a young person in school, believing that they may be suffering from harm, should report it to:
|Rachel Glover||Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Lesley Watts||SENDCo and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Office|
|Shelton Masvaure||Outreach manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer|
|Stacey Walker||Child well-bring Mentor and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer|
|Linda Bonnard||HLTA and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer|
Our Chair of Governor’s and safeguarding link governor is Councillor Craig Hannaway. The Local Authority Child Protection/Safeguarding Officer is Marianne Dixon.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and the Tees Local Safeguarding Children Boards bring together people who work with children and their families to ensure that the safety and welfare of children is at the heart of their work. They lead the work to safeguard children across our regions. Visit the Tees Local Safeguarding Children Boards Procedures website for lots more information.
You can also find information about Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s PREVENT strategy by visiting the PREVENT website.
You will find further information from downloading the documents from the table below.
|Help Contact list||Download|
|Privacy Notice School Census 2014-15||Download|
|Pathways Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2017||Download|