Safeguarding and Child Protection
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children refers to the process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing the impairment of their health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe, effective, nurturing care and undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Child protection refers to the processes undertaken to meet statutory obligations laid out in the Children Act 1989 and associated guidance in respect of those children who have been identified as suffering or being at risk of suffering harm.
UMTA is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare at all times. We will, therefore:
- Understand our responsibility to safeguard children and share any concerns that we may have about children
- Support children’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence, and resilience
- Provide an environment in which children feel safe, secure, valued and respected, feel confident and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties.
- Provide a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm
- Ensure that detailed and accurate written records of concerns about a child are kept and referred to the relevant authorities, when necessary.
UMTA will support children by:
- Encouraging the development of self-esteem and resilience in every aspect of life, through our moral and upright character education classes
- Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment.
- Liaising and working together with other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children, if possible.
- Notifying Social Care as soon as there is a significant concern of harm to a child
UMTA is also committed to preventing and combating extremism, which has no place in Islaam. UMTA utilities a holistic approach to achieving this as well as a specific focus through the delivery of its moral and upright character education, which teaches a wealth of Islaamic values including:
- Love for your brother what you love for yourself
- Excellent manners, conduct and respect for all
- Keeping family ties
Uncollected Child Procedures
UMTA expects all children to be dropped off and picked up on time. In order to achieve this, we kindly request that parents/guardians drop their child 5 minutes before the lesson time and come to collect their child at least 5 minutes before their lesson is due to end. In the event that a child is not collected on time due to unforeseen circumstances, UMTA will:
- Reassurance to the child
- Under no circumstances allow for a child to be taken to a member of staff’s home, or allowed to leave in the care of another parent, or anybody else, without parental consent.
- In the event that parents/guardians who usually pick the child up are unable to do so, the parent/guardian must advise UMTA how to identify a new person who is to collect their child; by physical description and a pre-determined password
- UMTA will contact the emergency contact person/s who is identified within child’s record’s and arrange for them to collect the child in the event that parents/guardians cannot be contacted
- If an hour after the agreed collection time no contact has been made with the parent/guardian or emergency contact, UMTA will contact the Local Authority (LA) Social Care team.
- A record of the situation will be kept, and UMTA will ask parents/guardians to sign and date it to confirm they are aware of the content of the Incident log
Missing Child Procedures
UMTA operates in secure premises and takes practical steps to ensure that children, staff and visitors who attend are kept safe. In the event that a child is missing, UMTA will:
- Immediately conduct a thorough search of the premises and surrounding areas
- Ensure that staff work together to locate the child
- Seal off exits and access CCTV, immediately
- Ensure that all those involved in the search have been given a description of the child and what the child is wearing
- If the search is unsuccessful, UMTA will ring the police, providing a description and keep searching the premises and surrounding areas
- UMTA will advise the relevant parents/guardians of the situation as soon as is reasonably practical to do so
- UMTA will record the event in the incident log and ask parents to sign it
Equality and Diversity
UMTA is committed to:
- Providing equality, fairness, and respect for all children, staff and visitors who attend our academy
- Oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination
- Taking seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination brought forward by staff, parents, visitors, the public and any others during the course of UMTA operating hours.
Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN&D)
UMTA believes that every child matters and every child is unique. We welcome children from all backgrounds and those who have additional needs and our premises are Disability Accessibility friendly. Parents/guardians must read through our curriculum and policies carefully to ensure that it is suitable for their child. Parents/guardians with children with additional needs must clearly indicate this on their registration form, discuss their child’s needs further with the UMTA leadership and a decision will be reached that serves in the best interest of the child.
Health and Fire Safety
UMTA operates in premises properly and appropriately equipped with fire safety prevention and evacuation procedures. Children, staff, and visitors are informed of fire safety procedures upon induction and long visits. Fire evacuation signs and extinguishers are visible in various locations across the premises.
First Aid and Emergencies
UMTA has qualified first aiders on site fully equipped to deal with any initial emergencies that may occur onsite, ahead of emergency services being called. Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately after the emergency services and provided with a full briefing of the circumstances.
Illness and medication
Children who are severally unwell should refrain from attending UMTA in order not to spread the illness amongst other children. Parents/guardians must attempt to provide all medication outside of UMTA hours. If medicines need to be administered by UMTA, parents must complete an authorisation form upon registration giving their consent and ensuring that this medicine is brought to the academy for all sessions.
See our updated ‘UMTA Data Protection Policy 2020′