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​​​Safeguarding

 

At the Tuition, Medical and Behaviour Support Service, the governors and staff fully recognise the contribution the Service makes to safeguarding children. We recognise that it is our statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students and that they have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.

Although the Service is not an investigative agency we have an important role in all aspects of the welfare of our students. With our day to day contact with our children and young people during school term time we are particularly well placed to observe outward signs of abuse, changes in behaviour and signs of failure to thrive.

The Service is committed to implementing our Safeguarding Children Policy, which follows the guidelines of the Local Safeguarding Children Board of Shropshire. The Policy can be read by clicking the link on the right of this page. The SSCB website link provides up to date information regarding Shropshire Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures

We recognise that the safety and protection of all pupils is of paramount importance and that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm.

We believe that the Service should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes all pupils’ social, physical, emotional and moral development

Ultimately, effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children in line with: Working Together March 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education July 2015.

The Governing Body

“Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs”​

The aims of our Safeguarding policy are to:

  • Confirm that the pupils’ development is supported in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence
  • Raise the awareness of teachers, non-teaching staff and volunteers of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse1
  • Confirm the structured procedures to be followed by all members of the Service in cases of suspected harm or abuse
  • Emphasise the need for good levels of communication between all members of staff and those with designated responsibility for child protection, health and safety and other safeguarding responsibilities
  • Emphasise the appropriate safeguarding and child protection policies, procedures and arrangements of those service providers who use the school’s premises through extended schools or provide any other before and after school activities
  • Emphasise the links with the school’s policy for safe recruitment of staff and volunteers, and for managing allegations
  • Confirm the working relationship with the Initial Contact Team within Safeguarding, People’s Services Directorate of the Council, other agencies and, where appropriate with similar services in neighbouring authorities.

Guiding Principles

  • Children have the right to protection from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
  • All citizens, as well as professionals, have a responsibility for the protection of children and for reporting concerns about a child’s welfare or safety.
  • The well-being of the child is the paramount consideration in all protection work.
  • In any conflict between the needs of the child and those of the parents/carers, the needs of the child must be put first.
  • Children must be listened to and taken seriously, whatever their level of development or communication.
  • Children’s wishes and feelings must be taken into account; children will be involved in decisions about their future in ways appropriate to their age and understanding.
  • Work with children should be sensitive to the child as an individual with particular needs and circumstances.
  • All children will be treated with respect and accorded full civil and legal rights.
  • Each child and family is unique with differing experiences, circumstances and perspectives.
  • Professionals concerned with child protection investigations must make every effort to identify and ameliorate any disadvantage arising from ethnic origin, culture, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability or age.
  • This Child Protection Policy recognises that the welfare principle is paramount and that child abuse occurs in all cultures, ethnic groups and social strata.
  • Particular attention should be paid to the vulnerability of children with a disability, special needs or communication difficulties