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Child Protection Policy


Start-Rite School is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for children. Our Child Protection Policy lays out our guidelines to:

  • Protect children from abuse.
  • Create an environment where children can thrive.

This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and contract staff working in the school. It is in line with the rights of a child according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 Chapter IV and the Child Rights Act 2003.


Start-Rite School Child Protection Policy Statement

Start Rite School is committed to protecting children from harm and promoting their wellbeing. All staff are expected to share this commitment and actively promote the wellbeing of pupils.

  • All staff should be conversant with this Child Protection Policy and should know the procedures for identifying and responding to any concerns about individual children.
  • All staff and volunteers should be aware of the designated Child Protection Officer in the school, Mrs. Loretta Akpoke with Mrs. Christy Ekanem as Deputy. 
  • We will minimise risk to the children while on the school premises and on school trips in accordance with the school’s Health & Safety Policy.
  • Absences from school of more than one day will be investigated and recorded in the School Absence Book.
  • We will regularly update our database with accurate, up-to-date information about pupils by sending update forms to parents for them to update the following details:
    • Name and address of parents/guardians.
    • Emergency contact details.
    • Medical information.
    • Details of people permitted to collect child from school.
    • Name and contact details of child’s doctor/hospital.

Information given will remain confidential and only be shared with staff who need who need it in order to support the child.

  • Staff will expect good behaviour from pupils and will deal with misbehaviour in line with the school’s Disciplinary Measures. No physical response to misconduct will be tolerated unless the pupil’s behaviour is cause an immediate and serious threat to the wellbeing of others. In such cases a written report will be submitted to the Child Protection Officer, and the pupil’s parents informed.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated in the school and any reports of bullying and/or intolerance will be taken very seriously.
  • Children will be kept safe online in accordance with the school’s Internet Use Policy and Acceptable Use Policy.
  • All staff will receive Child Protection training during their induction and every 3 years thereafter.
  • Start-Rite School will carry out checks during the recruitment procedure to ensure that all adults working in the school are safe to do so.
  • If a child raises a concern all members of staff should know how to:
    • Listen to what the child is saying without interrupting or asking leading questions (questions that suggest an answer).
    • Respect the child’s right to privacy but not promise confidentiality.
    • Reassure the child that he/she has done the right thing in telling.
    • Explain to the child that in order to keep him/her safe from harm the information shared must be passed on.
    • Report what has been said to the Child Protection Officer.
    • Make a written record, as soon as possible and preserve any evidence (eg. scribbled notes, text messages). The record should be signed, dated and kept securely by the Child Protection Officer.
  • If a concern is raised the Child Protection Officer should:
    • Assess any urgent medical needs of the child.
    • Assess whether the child has suffered or is at risk of significant harm.
    • Make a decision whether the matter should be discussed with the child’s parents and whether a child protection referral is required.
    • Keep a full written record of all the information received and detail reasons for any decisions made or any actions taken.


Types of Abuse

Abuse is the maltreatment of a child. Abuse can be carried out by an adult or adults or by a child or children. Staff should be alert for any physical, emotional or behavioural signs of abuse. There are four types of abuse as detailed below:


Physical Abuse

Hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing bodily harm, can include the deliberate fabrication or induction of illness in a child.


Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child which can adversely affect the child’s emotional development, including making a child feel worthless, unlovedor unvalued. Not allowing a child to express their views. It may also include age or developmentally inappropriate expectations or causing children to frequently feel frightened. It is often an indicator of other types of abuse but can also occur alone.


Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is forcing a child to take part in sexual activities whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This involves contact and non-contact activities, including exposing children to pornographic materials.



Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical or psychological needs likely resulting in serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It includes failing to provide adequate food, shelter or clothing and failing to keep children safe from physical and emotional harm. It also includes unresponsiveness to a child’s basic emotional needs


Signs of Abuse

The following may be signs of abuse (but do not always mean a child is being abused):

Unexplained injuries, fabricated or induced illness, fear of returning home, aggression/bullying, running away, significant change in behaviour without explanation, deterioration in work or attitude, unexplained absences from school, self-harm, compulsive stealing, social isolation, eating disorders, depression/withdrawal, low self-esteem, poor social skills, inappropriate sexualised conduct, constant tiredness, being constantly hungry, untreated medical problems, poor personal hygiene.


Allegations against Staff

Allegations against staff/volunteers/contractors should go straight to the Head of School. If the allegation involves the Head of School the allegation should go to the Chief Executive Officer. The school may contact the local authority to assist in the investigation.

All staff should be aware of their duty to raise genuine concerns about any actions of their colleagues that are harmful to children. 

All Staff should take care not to place themselves in a vulnerable position with a child. It is always advisable that work with children or meetings with parents are conducted in view of other adults.

If an allegation is shown to be deliberately invented or malicious the Head of School will consider disciplinary action against the pupil who made it, or whether the Police should be asked to consider taking action against the person responsible if he/she was not a pupil.


Allegations against Pupils

If an allegation of abuse is made against a pupil, the pupil may be suspended from school during the investigations in accordance with the school’s Disciplinary Measures.


Monitoring and Review

The Child Protection Officer will monitor the implementation of this policy. The School Management will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of this policy and review it annually.