It is the responsibility of all adults to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. This responsibility extends to a duty of care for those adults employed, commissioned or contracted to work with children and young people. Adults who are designated as volunteers at The Link School will be referred to as ‘Staff’ throughout this policy.
Adults who work with children are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions.
Adults should work and be seen to work in an open and transparent way.
The same professional standards should always be applied regardless of culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity.
Adults should continually monitor and review their practice and ensure they follow the settings policies and practice.
Principles for the Whole Workforce
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Therefore it is important that ALL staff:
Ensure that they listen to and reflect on the voice of the child at ALL times and take seriously any concerns raised to them by a child
Ensure that they report any concerns of harm to any child to the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately.
Ensure that they record any information shared directly with them by a child or observed/witnessed with the Designated Safeguarding Lead immediately using CPOMS.
This could include sharing information on behalf of the Designated Safeguarding Lead with other agencies
Ensure that they maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ and report any concerns regarding the behaviour of an adult/staff member in school directly to the Designated Safeguarding Lead/Head Teacher or Chair of the Management Committee if the allegation is relation to the Head Teacher.
Ensure that they attend regular training/updates to support them in recognising the signs and symptoms of abuse, particularly in support of early identification of needs of children to prevent an escalation of risk to the child.
You can read our full Staff Code of Conduct Policy by downloading the PDF below.