Teaching Talent Child Protection Policy

TCES Group/Teaching Talent Recruitment's policies and procedures adhere to the law as defined in the Children Act 1989 and the guidance given by the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Employment and the Home Office in the document "Working Together Under the Children Act 1989". 

Teaching Talent Recruitment aims to positively promote the well being of Children and is committed to safeguarding and child protection at all times.  Teaching Talent expects all its staff & volunteers to share this committment.

Definition: There are 4 categories of abuse recognised by the 1989 Children Act:
Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect

Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 states that a local authority has a duty to investigate when there is
"reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area as suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm". It must make such enquires as it considers necessary in order to decide whether any action is
needed to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare.

Section 47(9) says that "where a local authority is conducting enquires under this section, It shall be the duty of
any person...to assist them with these enquires...if called upon by the local authority to do so".

In view of their duty daily contact with children, teachers working through Teaching Talent Recruitment are well placed
to observe abuse or neglect. It is their duty &  responsibility to report suspected or alleged abuse.  If a teacher is working within a school it is his/her duty to take note not only of major incidents, but also of signals which give cause for suspicion or concern. If or when this transpires, the teacher must report any concerns / suspicion to the school’s designated member of staff responsible for child protection work and liaison with youth services. It is also the teacher’s responsibility to adhere to the specific guidelines set out in each school’s Child Protection Policy. (This is usually the procedure outlined above).

If a teacher is working outside of the school environment (for example home tuition) it is his/her duty to report any concerns to the Social Services Department.

Teacher’s have a responsibility of explaining on first contact that they cannot keep information confidential. If abuse is suspected the concern should be recorded, discussed with the TCES Group t/a Teaching Talent Recruitment's director and reported to Social Services.

If a teacher has reason to believe that a young person is being abused, then the safety and welfare of that child has to be the paramount consideration in deciding what action needs to be taken.
If there is an allegation of abuse made against a teacher it should be immediately reported to the Teaching Talent Recruitment's Director. Action will be taken in accordance with Teaching Talent Recruitments disciplinary procedures and the local child care procedures.

Under no circumstances should a teacher ever intervene on his/her own. Teaching Talent Recruitment would wish all of the staff on our register to be fully aware of the procedures for
child protection. Should you be unsure of any aspect of the above please ask your consultant to explain them to you in more detail.

 

Contact no:  020 8518 3779