Safeguarding - Keeping Children Healthy and Safe from Harm
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School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout our school and that they are understood and adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and, with this in mind, Beeford CE (VC) Primary School
- are good role models for children
- enjoy their work and working with children
- welcome and support visitors in school
- recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
- work within the agreed policies of the school
- promote a happy, caring and safe school
- encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
- create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to do their best and mistakes are seen as
- part of the learning process
- challenge and support children’s learning.
- We pride ourselves on being a ‘caring and nurturing’ school and doing the very best we can for every child in our care. There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and they include:
Child Protection – this is a key area in which all staff receive regular training. School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There is a named governor for Child Protection, Dr Mary Sowerby, and a number of safeguarding policies can be viewed by parents on the school’s website.
Attendance – children’s attendance in school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by our Education Welfare Officer. As a school, we work hard to promote the importance of good attendance and work in partnership with parents to achieve this.
Behaviour – high standards of behaviour are expected in school. Any incidents of poor behaviour between children are dealt with sensitively by an adult who gives both children time to calm down, explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. More serious incidents of poor behaviour are carefully monitored by staff and dealt with in accordance with the school’s Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy. Children are constantly reminded about our school rules and they know we have them in order for everyone to be happy and safe at school.
Health and Safety – everyone here at Beeford CE (VC) Primary School knows they have a responsibility to ensure that children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. Staff are trained in Paediatric and Emergency First Aid and the school has several fully trained first aid members of staff who deal with accidents should they occur following the school’s first aid and medicine policies.
Curriculum – through the planned curriculum we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and how to keep ourselves safe are taught. This aspect is enhanced by the many visitors to school e.g. Road Safety Officers, Police, Dental Nurse, Optician, Fire Safety Officers and the School Nurse
Safer Recruitment and Selection – Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and full references are required before a person takes up a post. The required number of governors and staff have undertaken the government safer recruitment training.
Complaints – should parents have any complaints the school staff will listen to your concerns and will follow up issues arising. There is a clear procedure in place. The school is committed to working closely with parents/carers for the benefit of the children. If any parent feels that an issue has not been resolved then there are complaints policies in place which are dealt with by the complaints committee of the governing body.
Policies which make up the school’s safeguarding policy include:
- Child protection
- Drugs and substance misuse
- Educating children with medical needs
- Equal opportunities
- E-safety and acceptable usage
- First aid (including management of medical conditions, intimate care)
- Health and safety
- Home School Agreements
- Initial allegation management policy
- Looked after children
- Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum
- Recruitment and selection
- Sex education
- Single equalities
- Special educational needs
- Staff appraisal
- Staff code of conduct
- Use of positive handling and restraint
- Visitors in school
- Use of photographs/video
- Work placement (work experience)
Child Protection is the process of protecting identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. It involves measures and structures designed to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect.
E-Safety in internet safety - it's about utilizing information and communication technologies in a safe and responsible way.
Bullying is usually defined as behaviour that is: repeated or intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally.