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1 1 Child Protection The Safeguarding Role of School Governors Therese Moran, Patricia O’Hare & Lorraine O’Neill Designated Officers for Child Protection Child Protection Support Service for Schools (BELB)

2 2 Objectives - Strand 2 Training Target Audience – Chair of Governors and Governors delegated to take the lead in Child Protection Issues Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of legislation and government policy in relation to safeguarding and child protection Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of legislation and government policy in relation to safeguarding and child protection Recognise signs and symptoms of possible abuse and understand the role of the Chair in relation to their statutory duties Recognise signs and symptoms of possible abuse and understand the role of the Chair in relation to their statutory duties Be able to identify the quality assurance role of a governor in overseeing the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils enrolled in a school Be able to identify the quality assurance role of a governor in overseeing the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils enrolled in a school

3 3 Tuning-in to Child Protection Myths and Realities DVD Clip

4 4 Context in Northern Ireland – Facts and Figures Approximately 431, 787 children and Young People in Northern Ireland – c. 25% of population Approximately 431, 787 children and Young People in Northern Ireland – c. 25% of population 2215 Children on the Child Protection Register (at 31 June 2011 DHSSPS). Between June and September 2011 a further 1079 child protection referrals received by social services 2215 Children on the Child Protection Register (at 31 June 2011 DHSSPS). Between June and September 2011 a further 1079 child protection referrals received by social services referrals made to social services during referrals made to social services during Of those – were child protection investigations of which 810 were joint investigations with PSNI Of those – were child protection investigations of which 810 were joint investigations with PSNI 4447 recorded offences involved victims under 18 (at March 2011, PSNI) 4447 recorded offences involved victims under 18 (at March 2011, PSNI) 1050 recorded sexual offences involved victims under 18 (at March 2011 – increase of 46 since Mar 2010, PSNI) 1050 recorded sexual offences involved victims under 18 (at March 2011 – increase of 46 since Mar 2010, PSNI) domestic violence call outs (April 2011-Mar2-12, increase of 2 511, PSNI) domestic violence call outs (April 2011-Mar2-12, increase of 2 511, PSNI) 90% of abused children know their abuser (Co-operating to Safeguard 2003 ) 90% of abused children know their abuser (Co-operating to Safeguard 2003 ) 1/3 children do not report abuse at the time, 1/3 never will 1/3 children do not report abuse at the time, 1/3 never will ( NSPCC 2006) ( NSPCC 2006)

5 5 NI Assembly June 2009

6 6 Emotional Categories Of Abuse Physical Sexual Neglect Recognising Child Abuse

7 7 Personal hygiene issues Neglect Constant tiredness Failure/delay in seeking medical attention Care concerns about hunger, clothing, supervision Recognition of Child Abuse

8 8 Over-reaction to mistakes, unable to accept praise Emotional Abuse Developmental delay Self destructive tendencies, Risky behaviours Fear of new situations, isolated Recognition of Child Abuse

9 9 Implausible or no explanations for injuries - significant bruising and marking Physical Abuse Reluctance to go home Self destructive tendencies, Risky behaviours Minor repeated injuries Recognition of Child Abuse

10 10 Isolation, overly protective of siblings Sexual Abuse Promiscuity, Risky behaviours Reluctance to go home Inappropriate sexualised behaviour & language Physical injuries Recognition of Child Abuse

11 11 The Legal Context United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1991 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1991 The Children (NI) Order 1995 The Children (NI) Order 1995 Education & Libraries Order 2003 – Welfare and Protection of Pupils Education & Libraries Order 2003 – Welfare and Protection of Pupils Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups ( NI ) Order 2007 Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups ( NI ) Order 2007 Sexual Offences Legislation 2003 & 2008 Sexual Offences Legislation 2003 & 2008

12 12 Article 3 Article 3 Right to have his/her welfare considered paramount in all decisions taken about him/her Right to have his/her welfare considered paramount in all decisions taken about him/her Article 12 Article 12 Right to be heard Right to be heard Article 19 Article 19 Right to be protected from abuse and neglect Right to be protected from abuse and neglect UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

13 13 Parental responsibility Paramountcy Partnership Prevention Protection Children (NI) Order 1995 No Delay Principle

14 14 Statutory Duties Of School Governors in relation to safeguarding Welfare and Protection of Pupils - Education and Libraries (NI) Order 2003 A duty on the BOG to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in the care of their school A duty on the BOG to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in the care of their school A duty on the BOG to ensure there is a child protection policy at their school and that it is implemented A duty on the BOG to ensure there is a child protection policy at their school and that it is implemented A duty on all schools to address the issue of bullying through their discipline policies A duty on all schools to address the issue of bullying through their discipline policies A duty to consult with pupils and parents A duty to consult with pupils and parents

15 15 Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 Access NI Access NI Creation of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Creation of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Creates 2 Barring Lists Creates 2 Barring Lists

16 16 Sexual Offences Legislation 2003 Sexual Offences Act New criminal offence of abuse of trust New criminal offence of abuse of trust New offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming New offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming 2008 Sexual Offences (NI) Lowers age of consent to 16 Lowers age of consent to 16 Sexual activity of 13 yr olds & under should be reported to Social Services Department Sexual activity of 13 yr olds & under should be reported to Social Services Department Under 13 is rape Under 13 is rape

17 PROTECTION of FREEDOMS ACT May 2012 DBA – Disclosure & Barring Arrangements ( 10 Sept 2012 ) Changes to pre-employment vetting checks for volunteers working in schools DE website – Circular 2012/19 17

18 18 DE Circulars in relation to safeguarding  Circular 99/10 Guidance for schools on child protection policy and procedures  Circular 03/13 Guidance for schools on the Welfare and Protection of Pupils Education and Libraries ( NI ) Order 2003  Circular 06/06 Guidance on safer recruitment practices for education authorities  Circular 06/07 Guidance for schools on the employment of substitute teachers  Circular 06/08 Guidance for schools on the requirement for child protection training in relation to interviewing and selection panels

19 19 DE Circulars (cont’d)  Circular 06/09 Guidance on the vetting of paid and unpaid staff  Circular 06/25 Guidance on the requirement for vetting of school governors  Circular 07/01 Acceptable use of the internet and digital technologies in schools  Circular 08/03 Pre-employment checking of persons to work in schools – new arrangements  Circular 08/10 Employment of Substitute Teachers – Northern Ireland Substitute Teachers’ Register (substitute teachers must be booked online via NISTR)  Circular 10/01 Guidance on Relationships and Sexuality Education Circular 11/07 Pupil Attendance: Absence Recording by Schools Circular 11/07 Pupil Attendance: Absence Recording by Schools Circular 11/22 Internet Safety. Addendum to 07/01 Circular 11/22 Internet Safety. Addendum to 07/01

20 20 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

21 21  The best interests of children are of primary consideration and you should ensure that the necessary safeguarding measures are in place to make all pupils feel safe and protected in your school environment  The safeguarding role must be integrated into other areas of responsibility; Pastoral Care Policies, Staff Training, Recruitment and Selection requirements School Governors – Safeguarding Role

22 22 School Governors – Safeguarding Responsibilities Create a safeguarding ethos Create a safeguarding ethos Promote safeguarding as a shared responsibility of the Governors / Principal / DT / DDT Promote safeguarding as a shared responsibility of the Governors / Principal / DT / DDT Ensure there is a current Child Protection Policy that is annually reviewed in the light of an audit of compliance with statutory requirements and published guidance (DE and DHSSPS) Ensure there is a current Child Protection Policy that is annually reviewed in the light of an audit of compliance with statutory requirements and published guidance (DE and DHSSPS) Parents & pupils receive a copy of CP policy & complaints procedures every 2 years Parents & pupils receive a copy of CP policy & complaints procedures every 2 years Ensure that the prevention of bullying is specifically addressed Ensure that the prevention of bullying is specifically addressed

23 23 Ensure That you (as a governor) have undertaken the appropriate Strand 1,2,or 3 training in relation to child protection That you (as a governor) have undertaken the appropriate Strand 1,2,or 3 training in relation to child protection That you receive an Annual Child Protection report That you receive an Annual Child Protection report That recruitment, selection and vetting procedures are being adhered to That recruitment, selection and vetting procedures are being adhered to That there is a confidential child protection recording and storage system in place That there is a confidential child protection recording and storage system in place That there is a robust Code of Conduct for all adults working within the school – this must include volunteers, sport coaches, extended school personnel etc That there is a robust Code of Conduct for all adults working within the school – this must include volunteers, sport coaches, extended school personnel etc School Governors Safeguarding Responsibilities

24 24 Case Study - DVD

25 25 Role of the Chairperson of Governors Complaints and allegations Where a complaint is made against the Principal the Chair of Governors assumes responsibility for managing the complaint/allegation

26 26 Role of Chairperson – Handling Complaints or allegations Establish the facts (clarification process eg: liaise with DT, written records, meeting with complainant etc) Establish the facts (clarification process eg: liaise with DT, written records, meeting with complainant etc) Seek advice from the ELB Designated Officer and refer to Social Services under child protection procedures where appropriate Seek advice from the ELB Designated Officer and refer to Social Services under child protection procedures where appropriate Seek advice from the HR Manager and consider if disciplinary procedures apply Seek advice from the HR Manager and consider if disciplinary procedures apply Assess appropriateness of precautionary suspension / removal from direct contact duties Assess appropriateness of precautionary suspension / removal from direct contact duties

27 27 Role of School Principal To ensure a Designated and Deputy Designated teacher for Child Protection are in place and that they attend appropriate training To ensure a Designated and Deputy Designated teacher for Child Protection are in place and that they attend appropriate training To ensure that parents and pupils receive a copy of the school’s Child Protection policy and complaints procedure every 2 years To ensure that parents and pupils receive a copy of the school’s Child Protection policy and complaints procedure every 2 years As secretary to the Governors, to ensure Child Protection is on the agenda for Board of Governor meetings at least once annually As secretary to the Governors, to ensure Child Protection is on the agenda for Board of Governor meetings at least once annually To ensure that all paid and voluntary staff are vetted To ensure that all paid and voluntary staff are vetted To take the lead in following procedures in relation to a complaint against a member of staff To take the lead in following procedures in relation to a complaint against a member of staff To keep the governors informed of any changes in guidance, procedure or legislation To keep the governors informed of any changes in guidance, procedure or legislation

28 28 Role of the Designated Teacher Responsible for raising awareness of the child protection policy and procedures with teaching and support staff Responsible for raising awareness of the child protection policy and procedures with teaching and support staff Responsible for managing the Child Protection concerns of any member of teaching and support staff including all record keeping. Responsible for managing the Child Protection concerns of any member of teaching and support staff including all record keeping. Collaborate with the school principal in making referrals to Social Services or PSNI Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) Collaborate with the school principal in making referrals to Social Services or PSNI Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) Responsible for liaising with the Designated Officer Responsible for liaising with the Designated Officer Responsible for notifying the Chair of Governors in Voluntary Grammar and Grant Maintained Schools Responsible for notifying the Chair of Governors in Voluntary Grammar and Grant Maintained Schools Responsible for reporting to the Board of Governors Responsible for reporting to the Board of Governors Responsible for promoting a Safeguarding Ethos within the school Responsible for promoting a Safeguarding Ethos within the school Taking the lead in the development of the school’s Child Protection Policy Taking the lead in the development of the school’s Child Protection Policy Induction of beginning teachers and all new members of staff Induction of beginning teachers and all new members of staff

29 29 A Child Protection policy……. School Safeguarding Ethos Definitions of Abuse Signs and symptoms Confidentiality Role of DT Who is DT/DDT? Child Protection procedures Flowcharts Code Of Conduct Recording/ Reporting Process Safe Handling/ Images / Intimate care etc Ref: Anti-Bullying policy Volunteers

30 30 Role of the CPSSS Designated Officers Provide advice, guidance and support to designated teachers with all aspects of their role Provide advice, guidance and support to designated teachers with all aspects of their role Operate a telephone Help Line Operate a telephone Help Line Have responsibility for the delivery of training to all DTs / Governors / Principals / beginning teachers / other Board Services Have responsibility for the delivery of training to all DTs / Governors / Principals / beginning teachers / other Board Services Collaborate with Human Resources regarding Child Protection complaints against Education & Library Board employees Collaborate with Human Resources regarding Child Protection complaints against Education & Library Board employees

31 31 Role of the ETI All school inspections will have an element of pastoral care The Chairperson will be notified when an inspection is to take place The Chairperson will be notified when an inspection is to take place Governors will meet with ETI on the first day of inspection Governors will meet with ETI on the first day of inspection ETI will discuss the school’s systems and processes relating to child protection ETI will discuss the school’s systems and processes relating to child protection

32 32 Quality Assurance Governors’ Checklist This provides a sound basis for auditing your schools safeguarding arrangements and it can be used on an annual basis as part of the school’s development plan

33 33 Resources for School Governors in relation to Safeguarding  To support the guidance in Circular 99/10 the DE developed the Pastoral Care in Schools: Child Protection resources ( booklet and video ). This provides comprehensive advice on all aspects of child protection necessary for Principals and school governors to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities  The Child Protection Support Service for Schools (CPSSS) has developed a specific Handbook for all School Governors in relation to their safeguarding role Both resources are available on the DE website

34 34 Plenary

35 35 Thank You for Attending


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