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Child protection: policies, procedures and forms

Last updated on 14 September 2021

Child protection policy

This document replaces the previous version(s) and is operational from the 1st September 2021. Changes have been highlighted within Appendix 10 of the policy. It takes into consideration the changes/updates in statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2021) and Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018). Please note there are sections that require the school to input their own details/school arrangements.

Annual/termly reports to the Governing Body on safeguarding children

Governing bodies and proprietors (in Part two, unless otherwise stated, this includes management committees) must ensure that they comply with their duties under legislation. They must have regard to this guidance, ensuring that policies, procedures and training in their schools or colleges are effective and comply with the law at all times.’’ Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019

To support governing bodies with the above requirement, relevant staff should provide the governing body with regular updates on how the school/college is complying with these duties.  This can be in the form of an annual report to governing body or a termly report to governing body.  The two proformas offer reports that can be used or adjusted by the school, for this purpose.  It is up to the individual school/college to decide whether they report annually or termly.

Annual safeguarding practice audit (checklist)

This document should be completed via a meeting(s) between the nominated governor for safeguarding, headteacher and the designated safeguarding lead. It is an opportunity for leadership and management to assess and ensure that the school has effective safeguarding arrangement in place and/or there are area(s) which require further development.

Chronology

Lord Laming noted the importance of a chronology in child protection in both the inquiries into the deaths of Victoria Climbié (2004) and baby Peter (2008). The report into the care and protection of children in Eilean Siar (2005) recommended that:

‘All of the agencies involved in protecting children must gather the information they have on individual children at risk into a chronology of key events and contacts, review it regularly and make sure that it is passed on to the professional with the lead role in protecting the child. The professional with lead role must co-ordinate this into a multi-agency chronology on a regular basis.’

Risk assessments

Guidance on the evaluation and management of child sexual behaviour, including RAMP

This guidance has been produced to provide educational establishments with:

  • an awareness of age appropriate sexual behaviour
  • guidance for evaluating inappropriate sexualised behaviour
  • a framework for educational establishments to manage and review this behaviour

This guidance should support colleagues in using the RAMP (Risk Assessment Management Plan) for children who display sexually harmful behaviour, which can be found within this toolkit.

Adult risk assessment management plan (RAMP)

Safety and support plan

The safety and support plan is not a legal document and the process is not adversarial, it is a VOLUNTARY tool that the school can use to engage a child and their parents to identify any concerns and agree on support strategies that can be put in place to minimise any potential risk to a child / Young person.

MARAC 

MARAC information sharing form

A resource to be used when schools are asked to provide a report as part of the MARAC process.

MARAC referral form

This needs to be sent securely to hertsMARAC@Herts.pnn.police.uk It is understood some schools may not use WinZip but similar encryption/secure email software such as Herts SFX. Please use the appropriate software your policy and procedures state.

Child protection conferences

Hertfordshire multi-agency child protection conference report

A multi-agency report is required for a Child Protection Conference.

Schools may choose to import their own school logo into this document. Reports must be shared with the chair of the conference and the family in advance of the meeting. Please note that the report template is to be used by all agencies presenting at a Child Protection Conference in Hertfordshire so please advise the Chair in advance if there is any information in this report that should not be shared with certain members at conference.

CPSLOs can assist DSPs with completion of reports if necessary. The e-mail address for schools to send their reports to is: Childprotection.unit@hertfordshire.gov.uk

CPSLOs can assist DSPs with completion of reports if necessary or see guidance / example report.

First published 14 September 2020 - Last updated on 14 September 2021