Tickton CE Primary School – Safeguarding Policy
At Tickton the safety and health of all children is of paramount importance. Parents put their trust in us to provide a secure environment in which their children will flourish. Tickton therefore has to ensure that this expectation becomes reality and in order to do this we put in place the following measures:
This policy is written to take into account the diverse needs of all our children, staff, volunteers and visitors to ensure that we comply with statutory guidance and the various laws that protect individuals from discrimination. All members of our school community will be treated equally and with regard to their individual requirements to ensure they feel valued and respected.
Staff recruitment and induction of newly appointed staff and work placements
We follow the Local Authority Safer recruitment procedures and ensure that all staff working in school have a completed enhanced Criminal Records Bureau clearance (DBS) which highlights anyone deemed unsuitable to work with children. The Local Authority is the registered body and would be informed of any incidents involving ERYC employed staff that warranted further investigation.
The Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher and/or the Chair of Governors sit on all appointment panels and have undertaken Safer Recruitment training as required by law. (Renewed 2014).
New staff and short term trainees are inducted into safeguarding practices. They are assigned a mentor for their induction and training period. The Headteacher and mentor will familiarise new staff with the policies, procedures and practice which affect the health, safety and well being of all at school but in particular, the children.
Volunteers and visitors in schools
All volunteers who work with children in small groups, in 1:1 situations or are in and around the school must have an enhanced DBS check which will be done through the school or the registered body ERYC. Visitors who do not have clearance are not allowed to be left alone with children. The head teacher will check if contractors have DBS clearance through ERYC and if this is not the case arrangements will be made to ensure they work at times when school is not open to children.
It is assumed that visitors attending in a professional role will have relevant clearance but the office will endeavour to check before admittance is allowed by making telephone calls to the relevant organisation. It is expected that contractors provided through Local Authority service level agreements are DBS cleared and all should give prior notice of their arrival.
The Governing body has agreed the Local Authority policy which ensures staff can share any concerns about people working (paid or unpaid) with children. This can be done verbally or in writing, they are made aware in the policy that they are required to discuss issues but this will be dealt with sensitively and in confidence.
Tickton School provides a secure site controlled by management directives, it is however only as secure as the people who use it. We expect therefore, that all people on site will adhere to the rules that govern it. Information is also shared with parents and visitors as non-conformity can cause potential problems to safeguarding.
We expect that:
Gates will be kept closed at all times and signs are in place requesting that everyone abides by this. Gates which access the playground area from the street will be locked from 9.10am until 3.30pm so that all visitors are only able to access school via the admin office. KS2 gate to the playground will be kept locked at all times. Children will access and leave the playground through the Y5 cloakroom, Y3 and Y1 classroom doors. Parents wishing to talk to staff can request to do so via the main office.
Visitors, volunteers and pupils arriving late enter via the office entry and sign in.
Staff register their entry and exit to school by registering on the in/out sheet located in the office.
Children are only allowed home with adults with parental responsibility unless school is notified, by a parent, that permission is given for another adult to collect the child.
Children leaving school or returning after appointments must be signed in and out at the office.
Children not attending extra curricular clubs are always investigated, a verbal message from a child will not be accepted.
Doors should always be kept closed to prevent intrusion but staff must be mindful that a smooth exit must be facilitated.
Class R and 1 have external doors which open onto an outdoor area which is fenced but not locked; however the external gates to the playground are always locked to ensure safety and security for all.
Health and Safety Policy
The school has a health and safety policy in line with Local authority guidelines. The policy is monitored when the committee of governors meet termly. Assessments of the premises are carried out regularly to ensure the site is kept safe for its users.
It is the responsibility of all staff to carry our ongoing risk assessments and report any concerns to the caretaker and Headteacher for immediate attention. The school signs up to various Local authority service level agreements which support the maintenance and safety of the premises ensuring that all statutory requirements are met. Any issues that compromise health and safety are addressed immediately.
A fire drill is held each term to practise efficient evacuation of the building and an annual fire risk assessment is carried out along with the review of other documentation linked to health and safety.
We also have an emergency response plan that outlines action to be taken in the event of a crisis both on and off site.
We also have a range of other policies and procedures in place linked to health, safety and well being.
Child Protection Policy
The designated members of staff for Child protection are Miss Christine Brown and Mrs Jane Havercroft. The designated governor is Mr Mark Shingles. The Child Protection Policy outlines the procedures staff are expected to follow should they have concerns about the welfare of a child. Governors review the policy annually and in line with Local Authority guidelines to ensure any changes required are implemented immediately. All staff working directly with children have undergone Child Protection training.
This school follows DFCSF guidelines 10/98 that ascertains that physical restraint may be used if there is a possibility that a child may be about to cause harm to him/herself or to another. It also explains that physical contact should not be used as a punishment. Should a parent, member of staff or visitor to the school have concerns about a teacher interaction with a child then the Local Authority procedures will be put into action. For complaints about the Headteacher the Chair of Governors should be contacted.
HM Government has published guidance for authorities, including schools, on their responsibilities under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, which came into effect on 1 July 2015. Under the Act, schools and other authorities have a duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent groups and other causes.
From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from other dangers. Importantly, we can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so they better understand how to protect themselves.
Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.
- Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity.
- Challenging prejudices and racist comments.
- Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity.
- Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils through our school values of honesty, trust, respect, forgiveness and caring as well as British values such as democracy and tolerance.
We will also protect children from the risk of radicalisation, for example by using filters on the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material, or by vetting visitors who come into school to work with pupils. Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community.
As part of this safeguarding policy it is important that we promote a friendly but confident and professional image of ourselves to pupils, parents and visitors. We acknowledge that the way we dress for work reflects upon the image of the school and ourselves as individuals and to this end it is important that everyone who works at Tickton School comes to school suitably dressed for the job that they are doing. An appropriate code of dress will ensure that as individuals we do not place ourselves in a compromising situation that could cause conflict with the professional image we need to portray.
Our pupils wear a uniform and it is expected that they wear this every day. The uniform policy ensures that they develop a sense of belonging to our school community and that they are safe and appropriately dressed for their day at school. As a staff we need to comply with some of the ethos of this statement, and while we do not expect staff to come to school in uniform a certain level of dress is desirable.
Our overriding principles require that:
Staff should wear smart or smart/casual clothes for school.
Footwear should be safe and secure around the foot ~ smart shoes or sandals.
Trousers should be smart not casual (No jeans, combat or cropped trousers)
Necklines should not be too revealing nor hem lines too short
No visible body piercing apart from ears.
No highly visible or distasteful tattoos.
At all times staff clothing should not make other members of staff feel uncomfortable or embarrassed or raise concern from the community we serve.
It is preferable for staff to change into appropriate PE/games wear for PE/games
Staff should wear appropriate footwear for PE and games
PE/games kit should not be worn all day – change at the next break.
In conclusion it is expected and preferable that staff reflect their individual tastes and styles in the way that they dress, and in promoting this policy there is no wish that we should all dress uniformly. However, because we expect certain standards of dress from pupils, and because we expect parents to support us in this, recognising us as the professional body of people that we aim to portray, it is only fair and proper that we follow the same guidelines.
The Design of the Curriculum
Safeguarding is a key feature of the ongoing curriculum work in school. Through subjects such as PSCHE staff discuss and teach about relevant issues. Themes such as personal safety and relationships enable children to have the opportunity to discuss these issues. Specific programmes in e-safety are taught to each year group by school staff. Fire, water, road and pedestrian safety are taught by visiting professionals.
Safe practices are taught within all aspects of the curriculum such as using equipment properly in P.E and D&T. Appropriate staffing levels are always available and strict guidelines followed when children are taken out of school to extend their learning experience; the school business manager completes approval forms (ROVER) which are then sent to the Local Authority via the Education Visits Co-ordinator /Headteacher and governors as appropriate. Children always wear contact bands when out on school visits.
It is expected that all children strive for excellent attendance but when ill we expect parents to confirm absence immediately by telephone, email or a verbal message. If there is no notification received administrative staff will telephone parents to ascertain the whereabouts of the child.
We work very closely with the Local Authority and investigate absences once they fall below 90% or in individual situations where absence and punctuality cause concern. Positive measures are in place to encourage children to attend regularly and the school informs parents of its right to take legal action against parents who do not ensure good attendance and punctuality. We actively discourage term time holidays. We report attendance figures termly to the Local Authority and governors for monitoring purposes and annually to the government and parents.
At Tickton we have fully trained First-Aiders and several other members of staff who have completed emergency aid training. First Aid kits are available at key points around the school. When a child is unwell or has been involved in an accident procedures are put in place as follows:
* A trained First Aider is consulted
* The situation is dealt with promptly to ensure the child’s well being is paramount
* Parents are consulted as necessary
* The incident is logged in the accident book
* For head injuries a note is sent home if no immediate action is required.
At Tickton we have a strict code of conduct for the administration of prescription medicines which is clearly outlined to parents. We do not allow the administration of non-prescription medication. For matters of an intimate nature an individual intimate care plan is drawn up in consultation with the parents and if necessary the school nurse.
Mrs Swift, Mrs Kirbitson & Mrs McCarter – designated first aiders.
Internet Safety and Photography guidelines
The Acceptable Use Policy outlines the measures put in place to keep children safe with modern technologies. This is reviewed annually. At present we use the Local Authority as a provider of our internet filtering system. Staff deliver specific Internet Safety training material to all children in school, which is part of a safety awareness programme; teachers constantly review and revisit these key messages with all children. A permanent display of key instructions are on view in the ICT suite as well as a log to record any inappropriate sites or content that will then be forwarded to the LA for blocking to prevent any further incidents. Guidelines are in place to ensure we take a sensible approach to parents and visitors photographing children. Parents are asked to sign an acceptable internet use and publication agreement when their child joins the school which details regulations for use. Staff are also asked to read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.
Good behaviour is a key expectation at Tickton and our policy outlines the details of this. The emphasis is always on the positive although there are times when children have to be disciplined in order to maintain the security and safety of all our children. Emphasis is placed on ensuring a consistent approach from all staff.
The numerous rewards available include stickers, certificates, badges, rulers, book marks and school pens, sharing work with other teachers, the headteacher and the whole school. Our sanctions include talking to the teacher / senior member of staff, headteacher, removed from class to work elsewhere, loss of playtime, letter home and only in the worst case scenario ~ exclusion.
Anti Bullying Policy
Our definition of this is ‘The systematic and extended victimisation of a person or group, by another or group of others.’
Our response to this is one of zero tolerance.
We teach children to, and ask parents to report this to an adult immediately to enable a swift investigation, communication and action to take place.
* Most policies mentioned in this document are displayed on our web site, others can be made available to interested parties at 24 hours notice from the school office. A fee will be charged for photocopying costs.
Links to other policies:
Child Protection Policy
Health & safety
Acceptable use Policy
Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policies
Educational Visits policy
Reviewed: January 2016