Child Protection: At SMILE 4 kids, we consider our responsibilities to protect children from abuse to be paramount. We will act on all child protection concerns, including those relating to physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. All child protection concerns that emerge during lesson time are recorded and passed onto the designated lead to act upon as appropriate.
All staff are trained in safeguarding children and are DBS checked. All such is updated as required by relevant bodies. Designated lead for Child Protection and safeguarding is Mrs Kiran Deep
SMILE 4 kids is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which the children in our care are protected from abuse, harm and radicalisation.
The school will respond promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns regarding the safety of a child that may occur. The school’s child protection procedures comply with all relevant legislation and with guidance issued by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
The Club’s Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) is Safrina Saran. The DSP co-ordinates child protection issues and liaises with external agencies (e.g.Children, School and Families, the LSCB and LADO(local authority designated officer) Bexleyheath.
Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm. An individual may abuse or neglect a child directly, or by failing to protect them from harm. Some forms of child abuse and neglect are listed below.
When a child makes a disclosure to a member of staff, that member of staff will:
If a member of staff witnesses or suspects abuse, they will record the incident straightaway. If a third-party expresses concern that a child is being abused, we will encourage them to contact Social Care directly. If they will not do so, we will explain that the Club is obliged to and the incident will be logged accordingly.
Children are vulnerable to abuse by their peers. Peer-on-peer abuse is taken seriously by staff and will be subject to the same child protection procedures as other forms of abuse. Staff are aware of the potential uses of information technology for bullying and abusive behaviour between young people.
Staff will not dismiss abusive behaviour as normal between young people. The presence of one or more of the following in relationships between children should always trigger concern about the possibility of peer-on-peer abuse:
All childcare settings have a legal duty to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and being drawn into extremism. There are many reasons why a child might be vulnerable to radicalisation,including:
Signs that a child might be at risk of radicalisation include:
If a member of staff suspects that a child is at risk of becoming radicalised, they will record any relevant information or observations on a Logging a concern form, and refer the matter to the DSP.
Occurs where an individual or a group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child (under 18) into sexual activity in exchange for:
CSE may occur in conjunction with criminal activity. Indicators can include the child being in possession of unexplained ‘gifts’, problematic or inappropriate sexual behaviour for their age.If a member of staff suspects that a child’s behaviour indicates CSE, they will record any relevant information or observations on a Logging a concern form, and refer the matter to the DSP.
Honour Based Violence encompasses crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and / or the community. HBV includes:
All forms of (so called) HBV are abuse (regardless of the motivation) and should be handled within child protection procedures.
All information about the suspected abuse or peer on peer abuse or disclosure, or concern about radicalisation, will be recorded on the Logging a concern form as soon as possible after the event. The record should include:
The record will be given to the Club’s DSP who will decide on the appropriate course of action.
For concerns about child abuse, the DSP will contact Social Care. The DSP will follow up all referrals to Social Care in writing within 48 hours. If a member of staff thinks that the incident has not been dealt with properly, they may contact Social Care directly. For minor concerns regarding radicalisation, the DSP will contact the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) or Local Authority Prevent Team. For more serious concerns the DSP will contact the Police on the non-emergency number (101), or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. For urgent concerns the DSP will contact the Police using 999.
If anyone makes an allegation of child abuse against a member of staff:
The school promotes awareness of child abuse and the risk of radicalisation through its staff training.
The school ensures that:
Photographs will only be taken of children with their parents’ permission. Students are not allowed to use their mobile phones at the school during lesson time. Parents, carers or visitors may not use their mobile phones on our premises nor take photographs while at the setting.