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SAFEGUARDING

The UK Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’[1]

Safeguarding Legislation

In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe. This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act (1989) and (2004). It is also mentioned in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in their document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

Roles in a madrassah that involve supervising or being left alone in charge of children require an enhanced DBS check (previously called CRB check).

It is against the law for madrassahs to employ someone or allow them to volunteer for this kind of work if they know they’re on one of the barred lists.

Our Duty

  • Staff must be committed to protecting pupils from all forms of abuse.
  • Staff must undergo DBS checks before starting work.
  • The Madrassah should have an up to date Child Protection Policy as well as an e-safety policy.
  • All staff should be familiar with the Policies, how to safeguard children and how to report abuse.
  • All staff should undergo training in Level 1 Child Safeguarding

[1] Safeguarding Children / Ofsted – Ofsted. Safeguardingchildren.org.uk. Retrieved on 2015-12-08.

For Safeguarding training contact us on 01494 416202 or email info@madrassah.co.uk

Being educational institutes that work with children, Madrassahs must comply with regulations and statutory guidance set out in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ in order to provide safe and protective environments for children to learn and thrive in. ff

Below are eight checks that Madrassahs can assess themselves against in order to determine their safety for children and the extent of their conformity with legal requirements.

1. Is there a named trustee or management committee member at your Madrassah who takes active responsibility for your safeguarding arrangements?

2. Is being your Madrassah’s ‘designated’ safeguarding person mentioned in their job description?

3. Does your Madrassah have up-to-date contact details for who to talk to within your Madrassah, local authority and police, about concerns for children at risk, and are they on display or easily accessible to all teachers, volunteers and staff?

4. Does your Madrassah have safe recruitment procedures in place? including vetting checks, asking for references, asking for enhanced DBS checks and carrying out overseas and teaching prohibition checks?

5. Does your Madrassah conduct safeguarding induction and ensure that staff receive Level 1 Child Protection and Safeguarding training every two years?

6. Are staff clear about your processes for sharing important information about a child? E.g. medical profile, mental health etc.?

7. Does your Madrassah have a culture of listening to children and taking account of what they say, both in work with individuals and when developing new projects?

8. Whistleblowing: is it easy for people to routinely raise concerns in your organisation? Do they?

9. Is there an annual review date on your policies and procedures? and were they reviewed in the last 12 months?

10. Do you have a monitoring system in place for your policies and procedures to ensure they are all reviewed in a timely way and signed off by management committee?

The answer to all the above should be ‘Yes’. If there is a gap in your policies or procedures you will be able to attain the support and quality needed by  Mizan Accreditation. 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.

To learn more about your safeguarding responsibilities as a Madrassah Manager tell us that you are interested in this Madrassah Management Training by contacting us here.

The DBS Update Service allows employees to register their DBS certificate online and use it to apply for similar roles within the same workforce so that employers could see their latest status without the need to apply or pay for a new certificate.

The beneficiaries in this case are both the Madrassah teacher and manager.

For the Madrassah manager, you will:

  • Have the latest and most up to date information with regards to the suitability of a prospective teacher working with children in your institute (The DBS will search for criminal conviction and barring information updates on a weekly basis)
  • Have the latest and most up to date information with regards to the suitability of a current teachers to continue working with children
  • Make quick employment related decisions and waste less waiting time for DBS certificates to be released

As for the teacher, you will:

  • With your consent, allow your employer to go online and carry out a free status check to confirm if the information on your paper DBS certificate is current and up to date.
  • Pay only once for a DBS certificate
  • Have the freedom to apply for similar roles using one DBS certificate.
  • Save time
  • No need to fill in DBS forms again

Ultimately, the outcome of this service are a robust safeguarding procedure for the Madrassah and peace of mind and flexibility for the teacher. Hence, Madrassah managers are highly encouraged to advice their employees to register their DBS certificates and teachers are equally urged to take benefit from this service.

The annual registration fee is £13 for employed staff and it is free for volunteers. The certificate should be registered within 30 days of issue date.

For the employer, all you need to do to check a teacher’s status is to click on this link , enter your basic details and then enter your employee’s name, date of birth and certificate number.

To find out more about what a DBS check is or how to apply for a DBS check for yourself or for your employees, follow the guidelines on this article. 

If you decide to hire a tutor to teach your child Quran, Arabic or Islamic Studies at home, you must ensure that you do all that is possible to determine the safety and suitability of the tutor for working with your child.

No doubt, when dealing with teachers of the Quran and Islamic sciences, we begin with confidence in their integrity and honesty. Nevertheless, it is in the best interest of the child to have in mind that sexual exploitation or any type of abuse can happen here and anywhere, and hence take preemptive measures to prevent any harm being inflicted on your child.

Stories of child abuse have repeatedly shown how naivety on the part of parents and carers have allowed tragedies to take place; as a result changing children’s lives and staining their innocence forever. Indeed, we have a good model in Omar bin Al-Khattab who was narrated to have beautifully said: ‘I am not a deceiver and a deceiver will not fool me’.

Below is a list of actions that should be carried out before agreeing for a tutor to teach your child:

1- Ask for an Enhanced DBS clearance

By law, any adult working with children must have Enhanced DBS clearance. It is important that you see the latest certificate available or even better if you are issued with a new one or given access to view their certificate online via the Update Service.

Do not disregard this step on the basis of having attained a positive impression or good feedback from other parents about the tutor.

A mosque in Lancashire agreed to hire a volunteer on those basis, only to shortly be informed by police that he is a paedophile with history of sex offences against young boys.

It is not surprising that criminals who committed child abuse have served their jail sentence and are now free on the streets; hunting for their next secret job and victim. Their vile actions will mean that it is near impossible for them to work in mainstream schools, but unless their latest DBS certificate is checked, they can easily get away with teaching at people’s homes without their criminal past being revealed.

2- Ask for Evidence of Attending Child Protection Training

It is also a legal requirement for anyone working with children to attend Safeguarding and Child Protection Training at least every three years. This training educates teachers on types and signs of abuse, how to deal with it and what is acceptable and unacceptable in teacher-child relations.

3- Ask for references

That is professional recommendation from his/her previous or current employer, lecturer who is not related to the tutor. First ask for the contact details of two references and tell the tutor that you will be contact with them. Here are suggestions for questions you could ask the references. 

4- Ask for CV & evidence of qualifications

A CV will highlight the knowledge, experience and qualifications gained by the tutor which will help you judge the competency of the tutor to teach the required subjects.

In addition, a CV will reveal any gaps in the tutor’s career or jobs, which may reveal something they do not necessarily wish to reveal such as gap due to serving a prison sentence.

But CV alone is not enough, as it can easily be forged. You should also ask for evidence of qualifications, such as a certificate of Ijazah, Diploma in Arabic or Islamic Studies.

5- Ask for Recommendations

If the tutor has taught before, their previous clients (families or children) could offer crucial feedback worthy of your knowledge to help you make the right decision. Simply ask friends and neighbours who worked him before. If he/she is unknown in your locality, it is not disrespectful at all to ask to be put in touch with a previous client who would recommend the tutor for your child.

If the tutor is offended by your request, then they are most probably not suitable for your child and it is better to be safe than sorry.

6- Ask some questions

Ask general questions to help you determine the tutor’s experience and motivation for working with children. Click here to download a list of questions.

7- Hire a tutor of the same sex as your child

Due to the nature of private tutoring, the tutor and child are seated with close proximity to each other and work in a room or corner well away from the hustle and bustle of the host family. Islamic netiquettes advise that members of the opposite gender should not be in such conditions -even if it is to teach or learn the Quran. The only acceptable circumstances for the opposite gender to work together is in a public and open place. Hence it is important that you hire a tutor that is of the same sex and gender as your child.

Negligence of this protective measure has previously led to catastrophic outcomes, such as what happened to this poor child who was raped in her own home and impregnated by her Islamic Studies tutor in Hayes, West London.

8- Stay vigilant

Even after doing all the above steps, you must stay vigilant. You should regularly ask for evidence of progress and explanation if you are told your child is not making progress. Additionally, you should review with your child the topics that were covered and assess how well the he/she has understood the subject matter.

Above all, do not stop making Dua for your child’s safety, righteousness, character, Iman and knowledge. Remind them to remember Allah frequently in the mornings and evenings and ask Allah for protection using the beautiful Duas taught to us by the prophet peace be upon Him.

Some moments in Madrassah are to be treasured; such as when children recite a short Surah from memory with Tajweed, perform a short role-play in Arabic or design a poster illustrating Islamic principles.

Surely, children deserve recognition and parents love to feel involved and engaged with their children’s learning. Madrassahs also would like to show evidence of creativity and learning taking place in their lessons.

One increasingly popular method of achieving all this has been using pictures or short videos and sharing them with parents and on Madrassah website or social media.

Despite the advantages, there are also serious risks, which call for precaution and safety measures to be put in place in order to minimise the risks of those images or videos being used by the wrong people to harm our children.

Those risks are primarily:

1. Children whose pictures are online and include personal information about them (e.g. name, hobby) may be identifiable and traceable to the wrong people. Further information about the child may be gathered from social media, friends or acquaintances in order to establish contact with the child and groom them for immoral objectives.

2. Pictures of children can be copied and edited in inappropriate ways and shared on various media.

To minimise those risks, Madrassahs should have a written photography policy and obtain consensus from parents and staff. The policy should include the following:

  1. Pictures or videos shared on public platforms should avoid mention of children’s personal information (such as name, age, or hobby).
  2. When photographed or filmed, ensure that children are dressed and are posturing appropriately
  3. Obtain permission and written consent from parents and explain what the picture/video will be used for, where it will be shared and why.
  4. Obtain permission from the child and explain what the picture/video will be used for, where it will be shared and why.
  5. If professional photographers are invited, they must present DBS clearance in advance and should never be left unsupervised with children.
  6. Images or short videos must not be shared that are taken in private settings such as home.
  7. Electronic images/ videos must be stored securely, with restricted access. Hardcopy should be stored in a lockable box or drawer.
  8. Photographs and films should only be taken from Madrassah camera, rather than from personal devices.

You may download a ‘Photography and filming consent form’ here.

 A ‘Photography and Filming Policy’ can be readily obtained for your Madrassah via  Quality Standards Accreditation. The policy will be tailored to suit your Madrassah’s needs. The material provided will also include parent/guardian consent forms, and  the letters requesting staff signatures and easy to follow policy review sheets. By receiving 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.

To learn more about your responsibilities for ensuring Internet and online Safety, take this E-Safety course with us available here.

 

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:

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.

To learn more about your safeguarding responsibilities as a Madrassah Manager tell us that you are interested in this Madrassah Management Training by contacting us here.

Local Safeguarding Children Boards is a multi-agency body set up in every local authority across the United Kingdom. Their responsibility is to make sure that organisations within their locality act effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They publish policies and procedures for child protection in their area.

Madrassahs must review their Safeguarding & Child Protection policies annually, both internally and via correspondence with their LSCB to ensure that it covers latest policies and procedures for safeguarding children.

Below is a list of Local Safeguarding Children Boards:

Aberdeen City Child Protection Committee
Aberdeenshire Children and Family Protection Committee
Angus Child Protection Committee
Argyll and Bute Council Child Protection Committee
Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board
Barnet Safeguarding Children Board
Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board
Bath and North East Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board
Bedford Borough Council Safeguarding Children Board
Bexley Safeguarding Children Board
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Children Board
Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board
Bolton Safeguarding Children Board
Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board
Bracknell Forest Council Safeguarding Children Board
Bradford Safeguarding Children Board
Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board
Brighton and Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board
Bromley Safeguarding Children Board
Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board
Bury Safeguarding Children Board
Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board
Cambridgeshire Local Safeguarding Children Board
Camden Safeguarding Children Board
Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan Local Safeguarding Children Board
Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Cheshire East Local Safeguarding Children Board
Cheshire West Local Safeguarding Children Board
City of London and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board
Clackmannanshire and Stirling Council Child Protection Committee
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board
Coventry Local Safeguarding Children Board
Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board
Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board
Darlington Safeguarding Children Board
Derby Safeguarding Children Board
Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board
Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Children Board
Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board
Dorset Safeguarding Children Board
Dudley Safeguarding Children Board
Dumfries and Galloway Council Child Protection Committee
Dundee Childcare and Protection Committee
Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board
Ealing Safeguarding Children Board
East Ayrshire Council Child Protection Committee
East Dunbartonshire Council Child Protection Committee
East Lothian and Midlothian Council Child Protection Committee
East Renfrewshire Council Child Protection Committee
East Riding of Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board
East Sussex Safeguarding Children Board
Enfield Safeguarding Children Board
Essex Safeguarding Children Board
Falkirk Child Protection Committee
Fife Council Child Protection Committee
Gateshead Local Safeguarding Children Board
Glasgow City Council Child Protection Committee
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board
Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board
Hackney Safeguarding Children Board
Halton Safeguarding Children Board
Hammersmith & Fulham Safeguarding Children Board
Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board
Haringey local Safeguarding Children Board
Harrow Safeguarding Children Board
Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board
Havering Safeguarding Children Board
Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Highland Council Child Protection Committee
Hillingdon Local Safeguarding Children Board
Hounslow Local Safeguarding Children Board
Hull Safeguarding Children Board
Inverclyde Council Child Protection Committee
Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board
Islington Safeguarding Children Board
Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board
Kensington and Chelsea Safeguarding Children Board
Kent Safeguarding Children Board
Kingston upon Thames Local Safeguarding Children Board
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board
Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board
Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board
Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board
Leeds Safeguarding Children Board
Leicester City Safeguarding Children Board
Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Board
Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board
Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board
London Safeguarding Children Board
Luton Safeguarding Children Board
Manchester Safeguarding Children Board
Medway Safeguarding Children Board
Merton Safeguarding Children Board
Middlesbrough Safeguarding Children Board
Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Board (Powys, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire & Ceredigion)
Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board
Moray Council Child Protection Committee
Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board
Newham Local Safeguarding Children Board
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board
North Ayrshire Council Child Protection Committee
North East Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children Board
North Lanarkshire Council Child Protection Committee
North Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board
North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board
North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board
North Wales (Flintshire and Wrexham, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conway & Denbighshire,) Safeguarding Children Board
North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board
Northern Ireland Safeguarding Board
Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board
Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board
Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board
Orkney Islands Child Protection Committee
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee
Pembrokeshire Safeguarding Children Board
Perth and Kinross Council Child Protection Committee
Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board
Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board
Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board
Reading Local Safeguarding Children Board
Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board
Redcar and Cleveland Safeguarding Children Board
Renfrewshire Council Child Protection Committee
Richmond Upon Thames Local Safeguarding Children Board
Rochdale Safeguarding Children Board
Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board
Rutland Safeguarding Children Board
Salford Safeguarding Children Board
Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board
Scottish Borders Child Protection Committee
Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board
Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board
Shetland Islands Council Child Protection Committee
Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board
Slough Local Safeguarding Children Board
Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board
Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board
South Ayrshire Council Child Protection Committee
South East Wales Safeguarding Children Board (Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board
South Lanarkshire Council Child Protection Committee
South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board
Southampton Local Safeguarding Children Board
Southend-on-Sea Local Safeguarding Children Board
Southwark Safeguarding Children Board
St.Helens Safeguarding Children Board
Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board
Stirling Council Child Protection Committee
Stockport Safeguarding Children Board
Stockton-on-Tees Local Safeguarding Children Board
Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board
Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board
Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board
Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board
Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board
Tameside Safeguarding Children Board
Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board
Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Board
Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children Board
Trafford Safeguarding Children Board
Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board
Walsall Safeguarding Children Board
Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board
Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
Warrington Safeguarding Children Board
Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board
West Berkshire Safeguarding Board
West Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee
West Lothian Child Protection Committee
West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board
Western Bay Safeguarding Children Board (Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea)
Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) Child Protection Committee
Westminster Safeguarding Children Board
Windsor and Maidenhead Local Safeguarding Children Board
Wigan Safeguarding Children Board
Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board
Wirral Safeguarding Children Board
Wokingham Safeguarding Children Board
Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board
Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board
York City Safeguarding Children Board

Madrassah managers must act responsibly when considering the suitability of potential employees, teachers or volunteers. They must ensure that all crucial checks are carried out, that they include all statutory required checks and are revised and re-checked regularly. This important safeguarding procedure will ensure that the wrong people do not slip through the net and end up in close reach of children.

According to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (2016) government legislation, all staff records and checks must be recorded on a single system that is regularly checked and updated, often known as ‘The Single Central Record’ (SCR).

On this record, all the following people should be listed, their checks carried out, recorded and checked regularly:

  • Teachers
  • Teacher Assistants
  • Supply Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Volunteers
  • Headteachers
  • Trustees/managers
  • Premises staff (e.g. Imam, caretaker)
  • Cleaners

The following checks for the above people must be made:

The SCR system must show who carried out the checks, the date and what evidence has been seen. It should be regularly viewed by a person in charge and by another person who has no direct responsibility to ensure impartiality. This process should take place at least once every term and the date and name of person carrying out the checks should be stated.

A previously rated ‘outstanding’ primary school in Manchester was put ‘on special measures’ by Ofsted for failing to carry out accurate safety checks on all its staff.

A Single Central System template and related documents may be obtained by signing up to Mizan Accreditation. The material provided will also include 20 policies and their procedures, as well as 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.

 

Safe Recruitment procedures do not end after a successful interview and job offer. The management should ensure that new employees and volunteers have the knowledge needed to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children in their day-to-day practices, as well as the tools and awareness required to protect children who may be victims of abuse.

It is not possible to fit in all required safeguarding knowledge and awareness in one day, so aim to make enough time to include the following aspects:

1. Level 1 Child Protection and Safeguarding Training

This training programme is legally required as soon as possible after starting a new role with children and should be taken again every three years.

Our professionally designed Level 1 Child Protection and Safeguarding Training is accredited by several Local Authorities and is a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) approved programme, tailored specifically around the needs and contexts of Madrassahs and Mosques. The safeguarding specialist delivering the training has trained hundreds of Madrassahs and Mosques across the UK over the past 15 years. For further enquiries and to book this training for your Madarassah click here.

2. Read, Understand & Sign

As part of the induction process, provide the following Polices in print or electronic format to new staff and give them sufficient time to read and understand the policies. Some teachers may require more time than others and some may need to translate sections of the documents to their first languages- which should be totally encouraged and supported.

After teachers have read and understood the policies, they are legally required to sign that they have ‘read and understood them’ and the date of the signature.

If the policies are reviewed and edited later, all teachers and volunteers should read, understand and sign again.

All the above essential policies and their accompanying procedures (as well as 13 other policies and their procedures) can be readily obtained and branded with your Madrassah’s logo by signing up to Mizan Accreditation.  The material will also include 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.

3. E-Safety Training

Teachers’ and volunteers’ awareness of online risks and safety measures is becoming more pressing as technology gadgets and young people are becoming inseparable- even in Madrassahs contexts. Hence the need for this type of training, which is delivered by an expert in the field. For further enquiries and to book this training for your Madarassah click here.

To learn more about your safeguarding responsibilities as a Madrassah Manager tell us that you are interested in this Madrassah Management Training by contacting us here.

If you are considering to recruit an EU or foreign national as an employee or volunteer to work with children, you should carry out special checks to ensure that they are safe to work with children.

Although we start with a presumption of trust and confidence in those who are qualified to teach Quran, Islamic Studies or Arabic to children, we must nevertheless take all legal and necessary precautions to ensure that they are safe to work with children and that they have not committed a known incident abroad that proves otherwise. Not doing so will put the employer and Madrassah at risk of prosecution if subjected to scrutiny.

A DBS check can only be issued to UK nationals, hence what is required is a Certificate of Good Conduct or a Criminal Record Check from the prospective employee or volunteer’s country.

To obtain this certificate the candidate should contact their embassy. A directory is available here on the government website. 

The employer may also request this certificate of a UK national who has consistently lived abroad for a substantial period of time.

If the employer wishes to hire a foreign national on paid contract, they should also check that they have right to work in the UK. To do this the employer must:

  1. See the applicant’s original documents (full list of acceptable documents indicating right to work in the UK)
  2. Check that the documents are valid
  3. Make and keep copies of the documents and record the date you made the check.

According to the government website the employer could could face a civil penalty if they employ an illegal worker and haven’t carried out a correct right to work check.

To ensure that you are applying this safe recruitment procedure and other policies and procedures that safeguard children at your Madrassah, why not apply for Mizan Accreditation and get the support you need?

 

 Madrassahs must create a culture of safe recruitment and adopt recruitment procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might harm children. As part of doing that, all recruitment material should indicate commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all children. These recruitment material include:
  • Job Advert
  • Application form
  • Job Description
  • Person Specification
  • Invitation to attend the interview
  • Questions to ask in the interview

All the above material may be obtained through Mizan Accreditation. Below are examples of how Madrassahs can show commitment on all those recruitment material for the safeguarding and welfare of all children.

Job Advert

On the job advertisement state commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. For example:

‘The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references’.

Job Description

As part of the job description, state that ‘everyone who works at … Madrassah has the responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of children’. In practice this means:

  • Being aware of Madrassah policies and procedures regarding Child Protection.
  • Becoming aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse by attending relevant courses.
  • Reporting all causes for concern to the Child Protection Officer
  • Ensuring the safety of all pupils in the school learning environment both indoor and outdoor.
  • Carrying out risk assessments in consultation with the teaching staff prior to activities.

Person Specification

The essential attributes highlighted on the Person Specification linked to the job should request:

Application form  

  • Ask for details of two senior referees who are not a related to applicant.
  • Ask for ‘any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) by SI 2013 1198?

Invitation to Interview

Include request to bring along proofs of identity, evidence of qualifications and right to work in the UK.

During the Interview

  • Take copies of documents
  • Ask specific questions and keep a record questions and answers given. Look out for

– Give me an example of when you have had a safeguarding concern about a child. What happened?

– Tell us about a time when you took action to help protect a child. 

– Describe the procedures that need to be in place to protect children. 

– How in your work or life so far have you tried to ensure that children are protected?

– Give me an example of when you had safeguarding concerns over a child.

– Give me an example of where you had to deal with bullying behaviour.

– Give me an example of how you have managed poor pupil behaviour.

– What do you think makes a Madrassah safe and supportive?

Look out for answers that show no or little understanding or appreciation of children’s needs or expectations; inappropriate language about children; unclear boundaries with children; and answers that imply adults and children are equal or that there is are more concerned for personal gains than there is for the children’s interests.

Dealing with Disclosure

October 27, 2015

“Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by[...]

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The Prophet ﷺ said: “Allah will question each person in a position of responsibility about[...]

SAFEGUARDING

October 16, 2015

The UK Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from[...]

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