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The policy is in line with:
Safeguarding is defined as:
(Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018)
We believe that:
This policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the Calderdale Music.
The purpose of this policy is:
Calderdale Music is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at Calderdale Music, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils. The diagram below indicates what we consider under the umbrella of safeguarding and indicates some of the other policies that relate to safeguarding. Calderdale Music ensures that all policies are cross-referenced and reviewed annually. All policies are available to staff, and a register is kept and signed by staff as evidence that they have read and thus agreed to adhere to any policies.
Calderdale Music pays full regard to DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSE) 2022. We ensure that all appropriate measures are applied in relation to everyone who works in the Trust, who is likely to be perceived by the children as a safe and trustworthy adult including e.g. volunteers and staff employed by contractors. Safer recruitment practice as laid out in KCSE (2022) is adhered to in terms of scrutinising applicants and DBS Checks, appropriate to the level required. For this we use the Department for Education’s (DfE) separate statutory guidance on supervision and regulated activity.
Calderdale Music is committed to keeping an up to date Single Central Record (SCR) or Register which covers the following people:
The Single Central Record (SCR) records the safer recruitment checks as listed previously and states whether the checks have been carried out or certificates obtained, the date on which the checks were completed and by whom.
If we have staff from an agency or third-party organisation, we will obtain written notification from that agency or organisation that they have carried out the checks, and we will ensure that we check the identification of the person presenting themselves for work and that this is the same person on whom the checks have been made.
David Heywood – Director – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Julia Brook – Deputy Director – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Tracey Whitaker – Receptionist – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
The above people have undertaken Safer Recruitment Training within the last 5 years, and at least one of the above will be involved in all staff and volunteer appointments and arrangements (including, where appropriate, contracted services).
The Teaching Standards (2012) state that tutors, including Managers should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. All staff who work within our organisation are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions. Practical guidance and good practice is clearly given in the Guidance on Safe Working Practice section in the organisation’s staff handbook. It is compulsory for all members of staff to collect and sign the staff handbook during their induction. It is an expectation that all staff members of Calderdale Music have read the staff handbook to ensure they are familiar with the guidance on Safer Working Practice.
Calderdale Music’s safer working practice follows Department of Education guidance and ensures that pupils are safe and that all staff:
For further guidance, all staff are expected to read Calderdale Music’s staff handbook.
Risk assessments are taken seriously and used to good effect to promote safety. Risk assessments are available for all aspects of the organisation’s work, (such as premises and equipment, on-site activities, off-site activities, venues used, transport). Where relevant, risk assessments are carried out for individual pupils, and supported by action plans identifying how potential risks would be managed.
Individual risk assessments are also used when deciding a response to a child demonstrating potentially harmful behaviour such as sexually harmful behaviour or when identifying whether a child who may be particularly vulnerable such as a child at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.
All pupils at Calderdale Music are aware of a number of staff who they can talk to. Calderdale Music is committed to ensuring that pupils are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe. All pupils know that we have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) who is a senior member of staff with responsibility for child protection and know who this is. Likewise all pupils know that there is a Deputy DSL who they would talk to if the DSL was not available, We inform pupils of whom they might talk to, both in and out of Calderdale Music, their right to be listened to and heard and what steps can be taken to protect them from harm.
Safeguarding is a priority which is reflected in the curriculum, which is used to promote safeguarding and is tailored to local concerns.
Calderdale Music shares a purpose with parents to educate and keep children safe from harm. Calderdale Music provides e-safety advice to parents, provides an extensive parent and carer information on the Trust website.
We are committed to working with parents positively, openly and honestly. We ensure that all parents are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission to do so, or it is necessary to do so, in order to protect a child.
Calderdale Music will share with parents any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place a child at risk of harm
We encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have with the support team at Calderdale Music and we encourage use of SpeedAdmin as an opportunity to provide feedback to the Senior Leadership Team. We make parents aware of our policy through on our website and all safeguarding policies are available to read on the Calderdale Music website. Posters and displays also ensure that Safeguarding has a high profile within Calderdale Music.
Calderdale Music recognises that it is essential to establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies. These include LA, Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST), CAMHS, Police, Health, Childline in Partnership with Trusts, NSPCC, National Youth Advocacy Service, Children’s Fund First response. There is a joint responsibility on all these agencies to share information to ensure the safeguarding of all children. As a Trust, we will cooperate with social care agencies where they are conducting child protection enquiries.
Calderdale Music’s Designated Safeguarding Lead undertakes refresher training at 2 yearly intervals, provided by Calderdale MBC’s Trusts Safeguarding Advisor. The DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) attends other opportunities such as the DSL Network events and Multi-Agency Training to ensure that they are up to date with current practices and procedures and in order to further their continuous professional development.
The Managers and all other Calderdale Music staff, including support staff and volunteers, undertake appropriate induction training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively, which is kept up to date by refresher training in Basic Safeguarding Awareness on an annual basis. Calderdale Music ensure that this takes place by Annual training on CP for all staff and additional training for any new members of staff who join Calderdale Music throughout the year, as recommended by Calderdale Safeguarding Children’s Partnership https://safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk.
All staff (including temporary staff and volunteers) are provided with Calderdale Music’s staff handbook and part 1 of the Safeguarding information to all staff taken form the Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022) and informed of organisation’s child protection arrangements on induction. All staff sign to say that they have received and read the policy.
Staff will be supported by organisation’s safeguarding team within Trust, LA and professional associations. The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Safeguarding/Child Protection will be supported by The Principal, supervision with other DSL and nominated governor advice is available from the organisation’s Safeguarding Advisor (Stephen Barnes 01422 392134).
Safeguarding is also an agenda item for whole staff training. There is an opportunity for the Child Protection team to have a discussion and to raise concerns on a termly basis during Music Leader Meetings.
Tutors and other adults at Calderdale Music are well placed to observe any physical, emotional or behavioural signs which indicate that a child may be suffering significant harm. The relationships between staff, pupils, parents and the public, which foster respect, confidence and trust, can lead to disclosures of abuse, and/or Trust staff being alerted to concerns.
The Child Protection Procedures detail what Calderdale Music would define as abuse referring to the definitions from Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2022).
All staff follow Calderdale Music’s Child Protection Procedures which are consistent with ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ and the Calderdale Safeguarding Children’s Partnership guidance.
It is not the responsibility of the organisation’s staff to investigate welfare concerns or determine the truth of any disclosure or allegation. All members of staff however, have a duty to recognise concerns and maintain an open mind. Accordingly all concerns regarding the welfare of pupils will be recorded and discussed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead with responsibility for child protection (or the deputy DSL in the absence of the designated person) prior to any discussion with parents.
Guidance to Music Leaders and other staff members includes the following:
If a child tells you something that suggests they or someone else is at risk, or you see something that concerns you in terms of a behaviour, mark or bruise when in a school:
If a child makes an allegation directly to you or if someone contacts you to tell you that a child has made an allegation to them – use the following to ensure you follow ABE Guidance
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Calderdale Music recognises that the child’s welfare is paramount, however good child protection practice and outcomes rely on a positive, open and honest working partnership with parents.
Whilst we may on occasion need to make referrals without consultation with parents, we will make every effort to maintain a positive working relationship with them whilst fulfilling our duties to protect any child.
We will always provide a secure, caring, supportive and protective relationship for the child. Children will be given a proper explanation (appropriate to age and understanding) of what action is being taken on their behalf and why
We will endeavor always to preserve the privacy, dignity and right to confidentiality of the child and parents. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will determine which members of staff “need to know” personal information and what they “need to know” for the purpose of supporting and protecting the child.
In conjunction with the policy paper 2010-2015 government policy on Counter Terrorism:
In addition we reference the following document:
‘Learning Together to be Safe, a Toolkit to Help Trust’s Contribute to the Prevention of Violent Extremism’ was published in October 2008, as part of the ongoing Government’s strategy on preventing extremism, or ‘Prevent’.
If a member of staff identifies causes for concern linked to possible radicalisation to violent extremism, they will alert the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately. If, when more information is gathered there is an immediate risk or emergency then the emergency services would be contacted. If there was no immediate risk but action is required then discussion with the nominated local police officer would take place and this would then determine the further response.
In terms of being aware of potential risks and signal events which can impact on our pupils and our organisation community, Calderdale Music makes every attempt to:
Where an allegation is made against any person working in or on behalf of Calderdale Music the procedures detailed in the Managing Allegations Policy will be followed. Whilst we acknowledge such allegations may be false, malicious or misplaced, we also acknowledge that they may be founded and shall therefore be treated with respectful uncertainty, investigated properly and in line with agreed procedures.
Lessons taking place should be normal teaching practice and the video environment should be considered a ‘classroom’. Tutors will have the same expected professional behaviours and safeguarding roles as set out in the Calderdale Music Handbook. There are additional responsibilities and considerations as laid out below.
Any lesson must take place using Microsoft Teams. Advanced security procedures have been implemented within our set up to ensure the learning environment is safe and secure. These include:
All lessons will be accessible for Calderdale Music Senior Leadership Team to ‘drop in’ and oversee at any time for the purposes of safeguarding.
Staff, parents/carers, and students will all have Calderdale Music contacts they can report any issues to. Contact channels will be disseminated for both safeguarding and technical issues.
As per our standard safeguarding policy a member of management staff will be on call at all times when teaching is taking place to report any safeguarding concerns.
All tutors taking part in the programme will take part in specific online tuition training. This will cover safeguarding procedures, use of the software and appropriate teaching methods. Training should be renewed every year and will be logged centrally with other safeguarding training.
Parents/carers must give prior consent to their child taking part in Calderdale Music lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams and agree to the following code of conduct:
1. Session and data management
2. Computers and equipment
3. Location of lessons
The Old Courthouse, Blackwall, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2DL
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