CHILD PROTECTION POLICY – 2019

All children have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, and religious beliefs or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who attends Lumieres Academy will be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment, protected from all abuse.

The people responsible for the safety of the children is the Principal and all teachers and will safeguard the welfare of all the children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual, or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying; www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk

TEACHERS

Class Numbers

All Lumieres teachers will be aware of the amount of children within their class. The Principal will ensure that the class numbers are not too high and will also assist in the change-over between lessons during academy hours to ensure all children are accounted for.

Lunch Times

All children will be supervised at lunch breaks by no less than two staff members during the lunch period, unless a teacher has been specifically authorised to perform another task by the Principal. In this instance, the staff members will conduct their tasks within sight of the other children (foyer).

Health/Medication

The Principal will provide all teachers/staff with students’ allergy information and instructions on what to do if the student suffers a reaction.

At no time will any untrained teacher administer any medication to the students at Lumieres Academy.

Only on production of an authorisation form signed by the child’s parent/carer will the trained paediatric trained staff member administer any required medication.  

Only in a life-threatening situation would a teacher perform CPR and/or call the emergency services.

Abuse

All teachers will be vigilant when teaching the students and be aware of any possible form of abuse either by another child/adult both on and off the premises.

Responding to the child who discloses abuse, all staff will:

– listen carefully to what is being said and make notes when necessary

– Avoid showing shock or disbelief

– Observe the child’s demeanour

– Explain that information will need to be shared and do not promise to keep it a secret.

–  Allow the child to continue at her/his own pace and do not interrupt if the child is freely recalling events. 

–  Avoid asking questions or pressing for more information. Ask for clarification only.

–  Reassure the child, if necessary, that s/he has done the right thing in telling.

–  Explain what will happen next and with whom the information will be shared.

–  Not ask the child to repeat the disclosure.

–  Not to ask him/her or any other children who were present to write a written account or ‘statement’.

–  The staff member will then inform the Principal of the whole discussion and written notes if available.    

–  Where physical injuries have been observed, these will be carefully noted but not photographed.

–  The staff member will not ask to see injuries that are said to be on an intimate part of the child’s body.

–  Any disclosure or indicators of abuse will be reported verbally to the Principal as soon as possible.  

–  A referral will be made immediately to the Family Support (Social Care) team 01484 414933.

–  If the child lives outside of Huddersfield, the child’s local Social Services will be contacted.

–  It will be explained that the academy has a responsibility to take whatever action is required.

–  A written record will be made by the Principal of what was said, including the child’s own words.

–  The Principal will decide whether to contact parents at this stage.

–  If in any doubt, the Principal will call the duty worker/social services to discuss the best plan of action.

–   A child protection referral from a professional cannot be treated as anonymous.

–   Where abuse is suspected, the Principal will decide whether to refer to outside agencies.

Senco Officer / Special Educational Needs Coordinator 

At the present time, the Principal is experienced in monitoring and assessing students who appear to be displaying signs of certain learning difficulties, as listed below:

–  ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, OCD, Anxiety

If a child is seen to be displaying characteristics of any of the above, the Principal will speak to the parents of the students to discuss. Parents are welcome to ask questions and/talk to the Principal regarding these conditions at any time.

Safeguarding/Accidents          

On Academy days the Principal will:

All Lumieres students will have an official badge or wrist band when away from the academy.

On day trips/Off site during academy hours

These procedures apply to all teachers/staff and the Principal.  

The Academy is determined to meet its obligations to ensure that those providing performing arts opportunities for children and young people to do so, to the highest possible standard of care.

It will at both parents’ and the Principal’s discretion as to whether the student goes home or to the hospital, depending on the severity of the injury

The Principal will be made aware of any student that has been injured within academy hours. When a student has been injured, the Principal will complete the accident book fully and then contact the child’s parents to inform them of the incident.

Lumieres Academy will ensure that each child is visibly comfortable and not overheating or suffering any discomfort. It will be at the teacher’s discretion to notice when a child is beginning to suffer mentally or physically in any way within their class. At that point it is the responsibility of that teacher to take appropriate action.

The students will be watched during lunch times and also be provided with access to sufficient liquids (water/juice).

– Ensure all children are signed in

– Contact parents in the event of an unauthorised absence

– Record all accidents and/or illnesses in the accident book

– Inform parents of any illness or sickness affecting your child

– Inform parents immediately should their child need hospital treatment

– Be available as a runner for toilet visits for our younger students

–  Ensure the area is free from any unauthorised persons, including locking the academy doors during classes

–  Ensure all children are signed out unless we have a specific note from parents or the child is aged 14 or over

–  Lumieres Academy carries full liability insurance, which can be seen on request

–  Lumieres Academy conducts regular risk assessments

–  All staff is enhanced DBS checked and, where necessary, have Chaperone Licences and first aid & paediatric training.

Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs

Smoking

Lumieres Performing Arts Academy is a non-smoking organisation. All staff/teachers, parents and carers are not permitted to smoke in any area inside the building or in the immediate vacinity of the entrance doors. There are No Smoking signs clearly displayed around the premises. Any member of staff who wants to smoke may do so outside the building near the path/metal bannister.

All staff/teachers are not permitted to smoke when out of the building on trips or when travelling to and from the buildings with children.

Alcohol

Students – if a student is found to be under the influence, or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances whilst on Lumieres’ premises, they will be immediately removed from class and their parent/emergency contact will be called to take the student home. It is at the Principal’s discretion as to when or if the student will be allowed back into classes.

Staff – if found to be under the influence or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances whilst on Lumieres’ premises, and whilst children are in our care, they will be instantly dismissed without discussion.

Parents/Carers – if it is believed that any parent/carer is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances on Lumieres’ premises, our staff members will calmly approach them and explain that they believe the parent/carer is under the influence. At this point if the parent/carer understands our concern, our staff will contact the child’s emergency contact to collect the child. If the emergency contact is unable to collect, our staff will contact the local Social Services and/or Police.

If Lumieres Academy is unhappy to release a child to the person collecting as a result of their behaviour, for example, aggression, as a result of being under the influence, we will contact the police department for advice. Our staff will also contact the child’s emergency contact.

We understand that we have no legal rights to prevent a child being taken by a family member, however we would endeavour to protect the child to the best of our ability. If the parent/carer takes the child from our care, and we believe that child to be in danger, we will advise the parent that we will be notifying the police and Social Services, stating we believe their to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances, thus putting a child at risk.

If circumstances prevent a parent/carer from caring for their child to the best of their ability, for example due to sickness, we will take action to assist the parent/carer.

Staff Taking Prescription/Illegal Drugs

Staff who are taking medication can only work directly with children if medical advice confirms that the medication is unlikely to impair their ability to care for and look after children. All staff medication will be stored away from the children by the staff member or, if this is not possible, a locked and secure container will be used to store the medication, ensuring it is out of reach of children.

Staff and students are asked to sign and complete a Staff and Student Medication/Treatment Form, confirming they are suitable to work with children and to ensure the information regarding their medical condition/ medication is correct.

Depending upon the staff/students’ medical condition, for example if they have epilepsy, a risk assessment will be carried out.

Extremism & Radicalisation

Lumieres’ staff will be alert to the following:

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in Lumieres Performing Arts Academy, whether from internal sources such as students or staff, or external sources such as friends, external agencies or the students’ community. Our students should see our school as a safe place and our teachers will encourage and facilitate this view and will challenge any extremist ideology displayed at the academy.

Lumieres encourages openness, honesty and respect and therefore will ensure that all staff and visitors adhere to this policy, as set out.

Lumieres Performing Arts Academy is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where children feel safe and are kept safe. All staff at Lumieres recognise that it is everyone’s responsibility to be vigilent, irrespective of the role they undertake or whether their role has direct contact or responsibility for children or not.

Extremism is determined as being the ‘vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas’.  

Disclosures by pupils of their exposure to the extremist actions, views or materials of others outside of school, such as in their homes or community groups, especially where pupils have not actively sought these out

Graffiti symbols, writing or art work promoting extremist messages or images

Students accessing extremist material online, including through social networking sites

Parental reports of changes in behaviour, friendship or actions and requests for assistance

Students voicing opinions drawn from extremist ideologies and narratives

Use of extremist or ‘hate’ terms to exclude others or incite violence

Intolerance of difference, whether secular or religious or, in line with our equalities policy, views based on, but not exclusive to, gender, disability, homophobia, race, colour or culture

Attempts to impose extremist views or practices on others

Anti-Western or Anti-British views

Lumieres’ staff will strive to eradicate the myths and assumptions that can lead to some young people becoming alienated and influenced which may make it harder for them to challenge or question these radical influences.

Lumieres will ensure that all of our teaching approaches help our pupils build resilience to extremism and give pupils a positive sense of identity through the development of critical thinking skills. We will ensure that all of our staff are equipped to recognise extremism and are skilled and confident enough to challenge it.

Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jeanette Kendall

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is the focus person and first point of contact for parents and external agencies and they are responsible for all the children’s safety and well-being.  

The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:

– Refer all cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care

– Responsible for organising the Disclosure and Barring Service

– Police

– Act as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies