Although these recommendations are directed at St. Benedict's, the procedural failings in safeguarding at St. Augustine's are very similar, so parents of children at both schools might be interested.
Here is the first recommendation
The Child Protection Policy for the school shall be replaced entirely with one based on a model policy implementing best practice and complying fully with the recommendations of the London Safeguarding Children Board.
There are safeguarding experts around who could help produce such a policy. I provided Lord Carlile with suggestions as to suitable sources of knowledge and expertise. Unless there is a clear written policy that describes an effective safeguarding regime, no other improvements are remotely likely to happen.
One key point of any safeguarding policy is that it must clearly state that all allegations or incidents of abuse must immediately be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer for Child Protection (LADO). It is the LADO's decision, not the school's, as to whether an allegation merits a formal investigation or even a referral to the police for a possible criminal investigation. If you see any wriggle room on referring allegations to the LADO, any at all, then the chances are both that the policy is seriously defective in other ways and the mindset of those writing it is concerned more with protection of the reputation of the school and the teachers rather than ensuring the welfare of the pupils.
The school's published policy is still the inadequate one published in Septamber 2010. The school shouldn't need to wait on Lord Carlile in order to be getting on with this.
This recommendation is easy and blindingly obvious. That isn’t to say that a well-written safeguarding policy is all that is needed. This is a first step. Other measures are also required. I'll come to those in future articles.