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James Dickinson - Head of Hertfordshire Music Service

SAFEGUARDING

EVERY PERSON WORKING IN A SCHOOL OR MUSIC CENTRE MUST HAVE A CURRENT SAFEGUARDING CERTIFICATE - IT'S THE LAW!

OUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

How do I get my Child Protection (CP) Certificate?

Attend Safeguarding Training which is provided by the Music Service, at no cost to the teacher.

Why do we need the training?

As result of the Education Act 2002, brought about by a number of high-profile cases involving children, all school staff who work with children need to have regularly updated level 1 safeguarding training that equips them to recognise and respond to child welfare concerns. This will include training on how to protect children from extremist views as outlined in the Counter-Terrorism & Security Act 2015

THIS TRAINING IS MANDATORY

How is the training organised?

You will be given a choice of sessions well in advance - knowing the date, time and venue will enable you to alter teaching commitments if necessary. If you fail to attend, you may have to attend a “mop-up” catch-up session at the beginning of the September term in order to keep your certificate current IN ADDITION to attendance at the next full training.

Can I do the training in another school or Music Service?

Yes. If you choose to do your training within a school or another Education Authority you MUST send a copy of your certificate to Lesley Webster. You are not allowed to teach in a school or Music Centre without a current certificate - a Headteacher can refuse you admission.

What is a D.S.P?

The member of staff with responsibility for Safeguarding is known as Designated Senior Person. In Secondary Schools the DSPs are usually 2 members of the Senior Management Team and in Primary Schools it is the Headteacher. We recommend you are aware of the DSPs in the schools in which you teach.

Who are the DSPs in the Music Service?

Alison Pinder, Angela Gilby, Rebecca Hughes, Deena Day, James Dickinson and Chris Sheridan are DSPs for the Music Service.

Who should I contact if I have safeguarding concerns?

In the first instance:

Angela Gilby (Area Head West)
angela.gilby@hertfordshire.gov.uk : 01438 843631 (landline/mobile)

Rebecca Hughes (Area Head East)
rebecca.hughes@hertfordshire.gov.uk : 01438 845421 (landline/mobile)

Deena Day (Primary Music Co-ordinator)
deena.day@hertfordshire.gov.uk : 01438 843729 (landline/mobile)

Chris Sheridan (Lead Teacher and Designated Prevent Leader)
christine.sheridan@hertsmusicservice.org.uk : 07710 082214

 

REMEMBER - we only need a basic understanding of Safeguarding procedures to meet our professional requirements:

• We must be able to recognise and respond appropriately to concerns about a child;

• We should understand the role of the Designated Senior Persion (DSP)

• We should be able to identify situations where we, the teacher, might be vulnerable

SUMMARY:

Read the documents on this web site

Attend a Training Session

Appropriate Professional Behaviour at all times

Useful Documents

HMS Child Protection Policy

HMS Safeguarding Guidelines *UPDATED 2017

NEW DfE ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’

HMS eSafety Policy & Information

Record of Concern Form

Professional Responsibilities

• Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings