Protection of Children and Young People

A Code of Good Practice for Kingswells School Staff

WHAT TO DO?.. If a child or young person talks to you about abuse by someone else:

  • Advise the child or young person that you must pass the following information on
  • Allow him or her to speak without interruption, listen to what is said, but do no investigate.
  • Be sensitive to feelings of guilt and isolation, but do not make any judgement.
  • Let them know that they were right to share this information with you.

If you suspect a child or young person is being abused, emotionally, physically or sexually:

  • Child abuse is not only seen as physical injuries but can manifest itself as change in the child’s behaviour.
  • Report the matter to the Head Teacher or another member of the Management Team who will notify the Head Teacher. Kingswells School Child Protection policy should then operate.

If you receive an allegation about any adult or about yourself:

  • Immediately tell the head Teacher or member of the Management Team who will notify the Head Teacher. Try to ensure that no one is placed in a position which could cause compromise.

In all cases:

  • Record the facts as soon as possible; report the facts to the Head Teacher or a member of the Management Team.
  • You must refer. You must not investigate.
  • If you have any doubts or there are disagreements about making a referral to social work RING CHILD PROTECTION UNIT AT BUCKSBURN and ASK FOR ADVICE. Ask to speak to the Duty Officer.

Things You Must Do

  • Stay calm, listen and reassure the child.
  • Treat all children and young people with respect.
  • Ensure that your own conduct in the School is an example of good practice.
  • Be aware of the potential problems of being alone with a child or young person during your teaching activities.
  • Respect a young person’s right to personal privacy.
  • Do not discourage children or young people who want to talk about attitudes or behaviour they do not like.
  • Remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well intentioned.
  • Recognise that special caution is required if you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people e.g. bereavement.
  • Operate with the procedures of Kingswells School Handbook.
  • Be familiar with the Child Protection Guidelines.

Things You Must NOT Do

  • Have inappropriate physical contact with children of young people.
  • Encourage inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour.
  • Speak to a pupil or pupils in an inappropriate way or make suggestive/derogatory remarks or gestures in front of children or young people.
  • Draw conclusions about others without checking facts.
  • Exaggerate or trivialise abuse issues.
  • Rely on your good name or that of the School to protect you from scrutiny of your conduct.
  • Think it could never happen to you.
  • Take a chance when common sense, policy and practice suggest another more prudent approach.
  • Ignore the Child Protection guidelines and procedures operating within Kingswells Primary School.

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