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Safeguarding in Schools
In an emergency you should contact the police.
If you have a non-emergency concern about a child contact:
•Initial Response Service – 0191 277 2500
•Emergency Duty Team – 0191 278 7878 (out of hours)
•Northumbria Police – 101 (in an emergency always dial 999)
•NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000
All concerns that a child or young person is suffering or is at risk of suffering significant harm must be referred directly to the Initial Response Service of Children’s Social Care in accordance with the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
Please refer to the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board website for safeguarding policies and procedures and for details of safeguarding training.
Key information for schools including LA named officer contact details
Allegations against staff - NSCB procedures
Newcastle LA Designated Officer (LADO) Contact Details: Melanie Scott, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 0191 2116730
Local Authority Designated Officer
Children’s Safeguarding Standards Unit
Trade Union Facility Time
A school is legally required to allow reasonable paid time off for a union representative to undertake specific union duties. Representatives may be allowed unpaid time off for other Trade Union activities. Further information can be found in DfE’s guidance note at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-union-facility-time-in-schools.
The above guidance note explains the legislative background, and the relevant duties for which paid time off should be given. It also provides a link to the results of a call for evidence on the operation of trade union facility time in schools, which gives examples of good practice.
In maintained schools in Newcastle the Schools forum has agreed to fund Trade Union Facility Time through De-Delegation - this means agreed funding has been passed back to the Local Authority to manage a centralised facility time arrangement for the community of schools in Newcastle. This arrangement covers locally maintained schools only and excludes foundation special schools and academies who cannot agree to de-delegation. It is therefore up to these categories of schools to elect to 'buy in' to the arrangement if they so choose and benefit from the centralised arrangement.
The Local Authority advocates centralised arrangements for Trade Union Facility time and believes these arrangements to be conducive to effective and efficient employee relations management.
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