Madrassahs should have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in place. This crucial policy demonstrates awareness, acknowledgement and commitment to safeguarding and protection of all children in line with statutory guidelines and Local Safeguarding Children Boards’ procedures.
When Madrassah teachers, leaders and administrators read, understand and acknowledge willingness to abide by and refer to this policy, the chance that a child suffering any type of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect) going unnoticed in your Madrassah is less likely. The chance that staff concerned over a child’s safety end up in confusion over who and how to deal with the concern is also less likely. And the chance that time is wasted before an action is taking to end a child’s suffering or to better their situation is also less likely.
Failing to act on and refer the early signs of abuse and neglect, poor record keeping and sharing information too slowly has repeatedly shown to have drastic consequences for vulnerable children.
For those reasons and others, it is of no wonder that having this policy in place is a statutory requirement, as laid out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ legal guidance. Paragraph 49 of the guidelines requires that:
The child protection policy should describe procedures which are in accordance with government guidance and refer to locally agreed inter-agency procedures put in place by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), be updated annually (as a
minimum), and be available publicly either via the school or college website or by other means.
The policy should include:
- How to recognise symptoms and signs of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and neglect)
- How to report concerns
- Legal and professional expectations
To ensure that the Child Protection and Safeguarding policy is translated into practice, all staff members should read and then sign that they have read, understood and comply with responsibilities highlighted in the policy.
It is advisable that staff members should maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ and that they receive mandatory child protection and safeguarding face-to-face training.
Senior Madrassah safeguarding lead must ensure that the policy is reviewed at least once a year by their Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and that teachers are informed and trained on any updates. For a list of LSCB boards click here.
This policy can be readily obtained for your Madrassah via Mizan Accreditation. You will receive support to make the policy representative of your Madrassah’s needs and contexts. The material will also include concern forms, the letters requesting new staff signatures and easy to follow policy review sheets. By receiving Mizan Accreditation you can demonstrate that your Madrassah is compliant with all legal requirements and is a safe environment for children to learn in. To begin the Accreditation process contact us here.