The proprietors and staff fully recognise their responsibilities for safeguarding children in all circumstances whether on or off-site.
They familiarise themselves with the current safeguarding legislation and child protection procedures. Our procedures comply with DfE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 (KCSIE) and are in line with our local safeguarding children board (West Sussex LSCB).
Safeguarding Updates and Support Links
Please see below for new safeguarding updates and support links. Check back here often for the latest information – the latest items are at the top.
- New Barn School - safeguarding leaflet Sept 2023
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 23-24
NSPCC:Tel: 0800 800 5000
Childline:Tel: 0800 1111
- To practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
- To raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe
- To establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop
- To develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
- To support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan
- To ensure that children on the school register, of compulsory school age, do not miss out on parts of their education through continuous absenteeism
We recognise that teachers are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will create a positive ethos amongst the staff so that we can:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to
- Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried
- Include opportunities in the PSHCE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
We will follow the procedures set out by the West Sussex LSCB and take into account the guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018) in order to:
- ensure that we have a designated teacher for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for the role
- ensure that every member of staff and volunteer knows the name of the designated teacher and their role
- ensure that every member of staff and volunteer understand their responsibilities in being
- alert to signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated teacher
- develop links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences
- keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately
- ensure all written records are kept securely, separate from the main pupil file, and in a locked location
- develop and follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer
- ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed
- ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for child protection
- ensure that pupils who have been abused are supported in line with the child protection plan
- ensure that the child welfare office of the appropriate Local Authority is informed of any
- unexplained absence of two days for pupils with a CP plan and ten consecutive days for others
- ensure that information is passed to relevant bodies, especially when a pupil moves school
- ensure that we shall report any school leavers to the LA (see Children Missing Education guidance and policy).
Children Looked After
The most common reason for children becoming looked after is as a result of abuse and/or neglect. The school’s governing body should ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep looked after children safe.
This will be done by ensuring that the following information is available for a looked after child placed at the school:
- the child’s looked after legal status (whether they are looked after under voluntary arrangements with consent of parents or on an interim or full care order) and
- contact arrangements with birth parents or those with parental responsibility.
- the child’s care arrangements and the levels of authority delegated to the carer by the authority looking after him/her.
- the details of the child’s social worker and the name of the virtual school head in the local authority that looks after the child.
Designated Children Looked After Teacher: This roles is currently under-review for appointment
The Childs Wishes
Where there is a safeguarding concern the Governing Body and school leaders will ensure that the child’s wishes and feelings are taken into account when determining what action to take and what services to provide. Systems will be in place for children to express their views and give feedback.
The Governing Body will ensure that staff members do not agree confidentiality and always act in the best interests of the child
Roles and Responsibilities
Proprietor: Treehouse Educare Limited
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Rachel Branigan
Deputy Safeguarding Leads
Key Stage 4/5:
Key Stage 2/3:
Tanya Jane Watson
Director responsible for Safeguarding: Declan McCarthy
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
At New Barn School we define Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence as:
Any bullying behaviour, whether physical or non-physical, that is based on a person’s sexuality or gender. It is when sexuality or gender is used as a weapon by boys or girls. It can be carried out to a person’s face, behind their back, or by the use of technology. Some examples of sexual harassment and sexual violence include:
- Using words that refer to someone’s sexuality as a general put-down (like calling something ‘gay’ to mean that it is isn’t very good)
- Using sexual words to put someone down (like calling them a slut)
- Making threats or jokes about serious and frightening subjects like rape
- Gossiping and spreading rumours about someone’s sexuality and sex life – including the use of graffiti
- Touching someone in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable
- Touching parts of someone’s body that they don’t want you to touch
- Forcing someone to act in a sexual way
The response to the reporting of such acts will be believed, taken seriously and treated sensitively in line with the schools Safeguarding Policy and procedures. Perpetrators of such incidents, will be dealt with in accordance with the positive behavior policy. All pupils will be provided with a systematic age appropriate SRE and PSHCE programme alongside a school community with a zero tolerance of acts of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Local Authority Contact Details
Designated Officers: Jenny Coker, Miriam Williams, Donna Tomlinson
Tel: 01403 229900 Email: LADO@westsussex.gov.uk
The Assistant LADO:
Claire Coles, Sally Arbuckle
Tel: 01403 229900 Email: LADO@westsussex.gov.uk
Telephone: 01403 229900
The out of office hours (5pm – 8am weekdays) and 24-hour emergency number on weekends and bank holidays is 0330 222 6664 or email MASH@westsussex.gov.uk ensuring that you put in the subject box: ALERT FOR EDT:
Help and Support
NSPCC: Tel: 0800 800 5000
Childline: Tel: 0800 1111