At BICC we truly believe that your children are our children too. Other than being educators, we are leaders, listeners, painters, cleaners, referees, medics, gamers, story tellers and whatever else the children decide we will be on any given day. Our teachers and staff are determined to bring out the best in your children but more than this, they will endeavour to keep them safe.
Although there is no manual on how to educate and raise children, we must ensure that we have procedures and guidelines in place to guarantee that everyone is aware of our basic principles and rules when it comes to ‘our’ children. This Child Protection Policy will outline our aims and commitment towards providing a safe and secure environment for our children, staff and visitors. BICC’s aim is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and acting to enable all children to have the best outcomes. It is our intention to work closely with parents to maintain an open channel of communication; in turn this will ensure that both parties develop a good sense of approachability.
We are determined to have a strong team of staff. Our high calibre teachers and other staff members are not only well educated and experienced, but they are also passionate, conscientious and dedicated. Our team represent our school ethos and existence. It is for this reason we have conducted relevant background checks and all employees have undergone multiple and rigorous interviews prior to being employed.
Safeguarding children involves more than protecting children from abuse, and the School recognises its responsibilities to respond to all concerns about children, whether of a safeguarding nature or not. The pastoral team at BICC will be informed of any concerns that are not judged to indicate that a child is ‘at risk’ or ‘in need’ but to ensure that the needs of the child can be met.
Our Procedures and Commitment
Each member of the BICC team carries a responsibility towards safeguarding our students, furthermore to provide and maintain a comfortable and safe atmosphere which will encourage and enhance learning. All adults employed at BICC (including visiting staff, volunteers) will work to ensure they are aware of the system in place to support safeguarding.
If any members of BICC staff are concerned or made aware of an allegation of abuse, neglect or maltreatment, he/she has a duty to follow up on the case in reference with appropriate guidelines. The guidelines include the following;
Responsibility Towards Safeguard Our Students
All staff members are made aware of this policy and receive training which includes signs to look out for and appropriate record keeping. The BICC team will receive training and retraining throughout the academic year. We acknowledge that children who are affected by abuse or neglect may demonstrate their needs and distress through their words, actions, behaviour, demeanour, school work or other children. The team will demonstrate responsibility towards safeguarding our children by implementing the following rules and regulations.
Staff code of conduct:
Definitions of Abuse and Neglect
Abuse:a form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. They may be abused by an adult or adults or another child or children.
Physical abuse:a form of abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
Emotional abuse:persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child’s developmental capability as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, although it may occur alone.
Sexual abuse:involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.
Neglect:the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to: provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment); protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger; ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
Here at BICC we ensure the accurate reporting and recording of all incidents that might occur. Child protection notes will be kept on file and will only be available to relevant staff members to ensure confidentiality is maintained. Child protection records are not always open to pupils or parents. All CP records are kept securely by the Designated Safeguarding Lead and separately from academic records.
If a pupil is withdrawn from BICC for any reason, all efforts will be made to identify any new home address and the school to which they are being admitted, so that their educational records can be sent without delay to the child’s new school.
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