Raising and educating children is one of the duties required of parents. Allah has enjoined that in the Qur’an, and the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also enjoined that.
The following couplet summarises the effect a parent has upon his/her child: The parent is like a mirror, the reflection it gives, the child adopts. If the reflection is good, the child is good. If the reflection is bad, the child is bad.
The first and foremost desire of parents is to prepare their child for a bright and successful future. Thus every parent hopes and wishes that their children be pious with excellent character but this can only be achieved if the correct method towards this goal is adopted and the right environment created from the very beginning.
Olive Academy is committed and legally bounded to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
It is the role of the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection to:
· Ensure that they receives refresher training at two yearly intervals to keep their knowledge and skills up to date.
· Ensure that all staff who work with children undertake appropriate training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding children effectively and that this is kept up to date by refresher training at three yearly intervals
· Ensure that new staff receive a safeguarding children induction as part of commencement of their contract
· Ensure that temporary staff and volunteers are made aware of the Academy’s arrangements for safeguarding children within 7 working days of their commencement of work.
· Ensure that the Academy operates within the legislative framework and recommended guidance
· Ensure that all staff and volunteers are aware of the Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Procedures and any other relevant local guidance.
· Ensure that the Proprietor is kept fully informed of any concerns
· Develop effective working relationships with other agencies and services.
· Decide upon the appropriate level of response to specific concerns about a child e.g. discuss with parents, offer an assessment under the safe guarding policy referring to Children, Schools and Families social care.
· Liaise and work with Children’s Services: Safeguarding and Specialist Services over suspected cases of child abuse
· Ensure that accurate safeguarding records relating to individual children are kept separate from the academic file in a secure place, marked 'Strictly Confidential' and are passed securely should the child transfer to a new provision
· Submit reports to, ensure the school’s attendance at child protection conferences and contribute to decision making and delivery of actions planned to safeguard the child
· Ensure that the school effectively monitors children about whom there are concerns, including notifying Children’s Services: Safeguarding and Specialist Services when there is an unexplained absence of more than two days for a child who is the subject of a child protection plan
· Provide guidance to parents, children and staff about obtaining suitable support
· Discuss with new parents the role of the DSP and the role of safeguarding in the madrasa. Make parents aware of the safeguarding procedures used and how to access the child protection policy.