Designated Child Protection Teachers and Governors
All Schools and educational settings must have at least one Named Person with Safeguarding Responsibilities. In Schools these are known as Designated Senior Person for Child Protection (DSP) and the majority of schools will also have at least one Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection. The DSP must be a member of the senior leadership team. In colleges these staff are frequently known as Designated Safeguarding Officers.
The Document The Role of the Designated Person for Child Protection outlines the responsibilities of the DSP.
One responsibility of the Designated Person is to produce an annual reports for governors detailing staff training undertaken, policies developed, referrals made etc. in relation to Safeguarding and child protection.
The document Annual Report to Governing Body on Safeguarding Children (Updated November 2013) gives guidance on what the report should contain and as well as a pro-forma for the Designated Person to complete.
Attending Child Protection Conferences
The Designated or Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection should always attend Initial and Review Child Protection Conferences. Only in exceptional circumstances should apologies be given. A report must always be submitted to the Independent Chair Person in advance. We strongly recommend that the contents of the report should be shared with the parents or carers in advance as there should be no surprises at the conference. The Conference Report Template is available to assist the Designated Person in compiling an appropriate report.
It is recommended that all schools have a nominated governor for Child Protection but this person should not have access to confidential information about children and families.
Their role is to ensure that the school has effective policies and procedures, that staff are adequately trained and there are adequate resources in school to meet the responsibilities. Nominated governor should champion the cause but Safeguarding remains the responsibility of the full governing body. They don't delegate their group responsibility to one person.
The child's voice
Working Together 2013 is very clear that effective safeguarding systems are child centred. Children want their views to be heard and taken seriously. However, sometimes children, particularly younger children and those with learning disabilities, do not know that what is happening to them is wrong, and that they can get help to make their lives better. The NSPCC Childline Schools Service helps children to understand what abuse is, and to give children a voice. This service is currently fully funded and therefore free of charge to schools (2013). We strongly urge all primary schools to take advantage of this valuable support service. The contact details can be found on the poster: Childline leaflet for assemblies
The statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' 2013 states that appropriate supervision and support must be in place for staff. Pastoral and designated child protection staff should be accessing regular reflective supervision. How this can most effectively be put in place will be a school's responsibility. A suggestion would be that the Deputy and Designated Persons offer reflective supervision for each other, or pair up with a local school. It would be important to maintain anonymity in respect of the children and family if the support was coming from a Designated person at another school. Records should always be kept of Safeguarding Support /supervision meetings and suggested templates are attached.
Supervision Date Record Sheet
Supervision Record Sheet
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