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Sythwood Primary School and Children’s Centre

Safeguarding Children in Education: Code of Conduct for Safe Practice Policy

Introduction

The document provides a guide for staff working in schools about acceptable and desirable conduct to protect both adults and students. It refers to and complements other policies and guidance in Sythwood including:

School Child Protection Policy

 School Behaviour Policy

 School policy on physical interventions

This policy is based upon the DfE document ‘Guidance for Safe Working Practice for the Protection of Children and Staff in Education Settings’, in which can be found useful examples of acceptable and unacceptable conduct, together with discussion of the issues raised.

All adults working in school should know the name of the Designated Child Protection Teacher in the school, be familiar with local child protection arrangements and understand their responsibilities to safeguard and protect children and young people.

Designated Child Protection Officer: Michelle Jolly, Gill Wilson, Nicola Wilmshurst

Child Protection Governor: Yvonne Collins

Basic Principles

The child’s welfare is paramount (Children Act 1989)

Adults working in school are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead a reasonable person to question their motivation or intentions.

Adults working in school must work and be seen to work in an open and transparent way.

Adults should discuss and/or take advice promptly from a senior member of staff about any incident which could give rise for concern. This would include reporting infatuations by a student for that or another member of staff, to ensure that such situations can be handled promptly and sensitively.

A record should be kept of any such incident and of decisions made/further actions agreed, in accordance with school record keeping policy.

Staff should apply the same professional standards regardless of gender or sexuality.

Staff should be aware that breaches of the law and other professional guidelines could result in criminal or disciplinary action being taken against them.

All staff, volunteers and visitors to Sythwood must :

be familiar with and work in accordance with the policies at Sythwood including in particular :

  •  Child protection

  •  Behaviour

  •  Physical Intervention

  •  Internet Safety

  •  Intimate Care

  •  Health and Safety

  •  Use of Photography and Video

  •  Whistleblowing

  •  provide a good example and a positive role model to students.

  •  behave in a mature, respectful, safe, fair and considered manner. For example :

  •  not be sarcastic and not making remarks or ‘jokes’ to students of a personal, sexual, racist, discriminatory, intimidating or otherwise offensive nature.

  •  not embarrassing or humiliating students.

  •  not discriminate favourably or unfavourably towards any student. For example :

  •  treating all students equally – never building ‘special’ relationships or conferring favour on particular students.

  •  not giving or receiving (other than token) gifts unless arranged through the school.

  •  ensure that relationships with students remain on a professional footing. For example :

  •  only touching students for professional reasons when this is necessary and appropriate for the student’s wellbeing or safety (more guidance on this is set out in the DfE Guidance for Safe practice and the school’s Physical Intervention Policy referred to above)

  •  not behaving in a way that could lead a reasonable observer to question conduct, intentions or suitability to care for other people’s children.

  •  not making arrangements to contact, communicate or meet with students outside work (this includes use of email, text and other messaging systems).

  •  not developing ‘personal’ or sexual relationships with students. Particular attention is drawn to the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which creates a new criminal offence of abuse of a position of trust (when a person aged 18 or over is in a ‘position of trust’ with a person under 18 and engages in sexual activity with or in the presence of that child or causes or incites that child to engage in or watch sexual activity).

Reviewed by Governors C&L Committee June 2014