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  2. 2. Welcome to Child Protection online learning
  3. 3. Scope In June 2004 Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 came into force. This requires Further Education Colleges to make arrangements to ensure that that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children attending College. In addition, we must have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State in considering what arrangements we need to make for that purpose of the section. The Children Act 1989 defines a child as any person under the age of 18 years . This includes all 14–16 year old school children attending college as a supplement to their Key Stage 4 curriculum.
  4. 4. <ul><li>By the end of the session you will be </li></ul><ul><li>able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Understand what is meant by safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the different ways in which children and young people can be harmed. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of the statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in accordance with the Children Act 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to access a copy of the college’s policy and procedure. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your responsibilities in protecting children in your role as a College employee and follow the College’s procedure in relation to child protection </li></ul><ul><li>Know the boundaries of personal competence and responsibility, when to involve others and where to seek advice and support. </li></ul>Learning Outcomes
  5. 5. Organisational Responsibilities <ul><li>All organisations that provide services or work with children and young people must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be clear about people's responsibilities to safeguard and promote children's and young people's welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure staff get training that helps them do their job well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have rules about how to help children and young people be safe and well; and how to act when there are concerns about a child's or young person's safety or welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow staff to report things they are unhappy or worried about, without being punished for speaking out. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Individual Responsibilities <ul><li>The law states that everyone that works with children and young people should help them: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay safe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be healthy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy and achieve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a positive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contribution </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Who does the Policy protect? <ul><li>Students aged under 18 years and students aged under 21 years with learning difficulties and/or disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>If a student aged over 21 or above has been identified as a “vulnerable adult” reference should be made to the College’s Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure </li></ul>
  8. 8. Recognising abuse and neglect <ul><li>In order to ensure the safety of children it is important to be able to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect. Some possible indicators include signs that the student:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows sudden changes in behaviour or school performance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lacks adult supervision. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comes to college or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Definition Child Abuse can involve any one or more of the following: Neglect – the persistent or severe neglect of a child, or failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger, including cold or starvation, or extreme failure to carry out important aspects of care, resulting in the significant impairment of the child’s health or development. Physical injury – actual or likely injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury (or suffering) to a child including deliberate poisoning, suffocation.
  10. 10. Definition Child Abuse can involve any one or more of the following: Sexual abuse – actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child or young person including prostitution. Emotional abuse – actual or likely significant adverse effect on the emotional ill treatment or rejection Significant harm – where the child is suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm. Bullying – the act of intimidating a child or weaker individual in a physical, verbal or non-verbal manner
  11. 11. Policy Statement It is important that children are protected from abuse. Newcastle College recognises that employees and students have a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of children and preventing their abuse. All complaints, allegations or suspicions will be taken seriously and discussed with the College’s designated member of staff before any steps are taken. Where action is necessary, this will be undertaken with due regard to the College’s Child Protection Procedures.
  12. 12. Accessing the Policy <ul><li>Log in to Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Click on College Policies in DTC </li></ul><ul><li>Click on College Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Child Protection Policy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Procedure – Points to consider Promises of Confidentiality should not be given as the matter may develop in such a way that these cannot be honoured. Inform the student that there is a legal duty to inform an authorised agency. The arrangements for this should be negotiated with the student. If the complainant is the student him/herself, questions should be kept to the minimum necessary to understand what is being alleged and leading questions should be avoided. Care must be taken in asking or interpreting responses to questions about indications of abuse as this could have an effect on the evidence which is put forward if there are subsequent legal proceedings. No-one in the College should investigate – your role is to record the information only.
  14. 14. What to do? In this section you will learn what do to when… Student is under 18 Student is 18 or over You suspect abuse but have no proof Allegations about a member of staff
  15. 15. What to do when a student is under 18 Student informs you they are being abused Take a full record of the allegation but do not investigate Contact the member of staff with responsibility for child protection in your school within 2 hours Is the member of staff with responsibility for child protection in your school available? Contact alternative staff member A referral form is provided in DTC for the recording of this information. Additionally, a list of the information to collect is included later on in this unit. A list of staff with responsibility is provided later on in this unit
  16. 16. <ul><li>If a student is aged 21 or over and is identified as a “vulnerable adult” then consult the College’s policy on Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>There is no need to report abuse unless there is a risk to others under 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Our role is simply one of support </li></ul><ul><li>The student may wish to involve the Police </li></ul><ul><li>Student may require directing to a counselling agency </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Student Services and seek advice </li></ul>What to do when a student is over 18 Available from DTC in College Policies section
  17. 17. <ul><li>Do not approach the student direct </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss concerns with School’s designated member of staff with responsibility for child protection </li></ul>Abuse suspected but not disclosed A list of staff with responsibility is provided later on in this unit
  18. 18. <ul><li>All staff appointments are made subject to Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau and List 99 checks – Until results are through no staff member should be working with students under 18 years of age without supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Suspicions, allegations or actual abuse must be reported to the member of staff responsible for child protection in the school within 2 hours of the initial concern arising </li></ul>Allegations about Staff A list of staff with responsibility is provided later on in this unit
  19. 19. <ul><li>The information you need to collect in connection with reported abuse includes:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The place where the alleged abuse happened </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your name and the names of other present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The name of the complainant and, where different, the name of the child who has allegedly been abused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The nature of the alleged abuse/bullying incident </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A description of any injuries observed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The account which has been given of the allegation </li></ul></ul>Record of information Standard forms for recording this information are available from the person for responsibility for child protection in each school. Alternatively, a written account of the above will be acceptable
  20. 20. People with Responsibility School Name Tel Number Access to Learning Andrea Wiseman 200 7555 Art & Design Kirsty Tate 200 4505 Business & Care Helen Hepple 200 4366 Construction & Auto Skills Tony Milan 200 4769 Lifestyle Academy Denise Faulds 200 4621 Service Skills Helen Leppan 284 9953 Performance Academy Megan Nicholls 226 7504 OLASS Angela Allen 200 4768 Sixth Form Lynda Evans 200 4025 Skelmersdale & Ormskirk College Jane Hines 01695 52316
  21. 21. Other People with Responsibility If none of the above are available, contact Vice Principal, Linda Moore on 0191 200 4134 or, in her absence, Vice Principal, Colin Booth on 0191 200 4191 (student related issues) or Vice Principal, Esme Winch on 0191 200 4092 (where allegations have been made about a member of staff). Director of Student Services – Jacquie Brown 0191 200 4406 Director of School of Business & Care – Chris Webb 0191 200 4548 Director of Human Resources – Dee Fawcett 0191 200 4093 14–16 Co-ordinator – Geoff O’Neil 0191 200 4298
  22. 22. Assessment <ul><li>Please complete the following test as proof that you have successfully completed your online training in Child Protection. </li></ul><ul><li>Once the test is completed, you will be presented with the results and if you achieve 90% or above, you will then be asked to click a button to send the results to the Learning & Development Consultant. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the Next button to proceed and the test will open in a new window </li></ul>Web Object Placeholder Address:C:Documents and Settingssbull.ADMINDesktopCPQuiz May 08ChildProtectionAssessment - output Displayed in: Articulate Player Window size:720 X 540
  23. 23. Thank you <ul><li>You have now completed this learning unit. </li></ul><ul><li>Please now take the following test to assess the knowledge you have gained. </li></ul><ul><li>To begin the test click ‘next’ on the navigation below. </li></ul>