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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children

All we do at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is encompassed within our mission

Statement and Values.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

‘To live, love and learn joyfully in the family of Christ’

Values

We believe that the purpose of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is to:

•             create a caring community in which each child is enabled to fulfil their full potential; spiritually, morally and academically.

•             create an environment, in which each child is encouraged to develop an enquiring mind and a life-long love of learning,

•             ensure that every aspect of school life is rooted in the Gospel values

•             recognise and value parents as the first educators of their children, fostering positive relationships and strong working partnerships between the school, parents, and all those responsible for the children’s welfare and education.

•             encourage each child to aspire to good moral behaviour and guide each child towards maturity; enabling each child to become a caring, responsible, active member of the community.

 

Background

When the government published “Every Child Matters” it raised 5 key issues that were deemed essential in the complete development of each and every child:

 Must be and stay safe

 Must be healthy

 Must be able to enjoy and achieve

 Must be able to achieve economic well-being

 Must make a positive contribution

 

There was a clearly stated need that, while each area of society has an important part to play in child development, schools must embrace the document both individually and collaboratively.

Legal Duty

Under Section 175 / 157 of the 2002 Education Act, Local Authorities and school Governing Bodies have a statutory duty to safeguard children and are legally accountable for the safeguarding arrangements they make.

 

School staff have a professional duty to safeguard children, irrespective of their individual roles in school.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DCSF 2015)Working Together sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the

Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. These Acts are the primary legislation from which Working Together derives its statutory basis.

Keeping Children Safe in Education ( DfE) March 2015 and this school has used this in formulating its own safeguarding statement.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Safeguarding Children Statement

 

At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place:

 

Health and Safety Policy

The school has a health and safety policy, which is regularly monitored by the relevant committee of the school governors.

The Head teacher, the Site Supervisor and the Governor with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this policy. Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and the site supervisor carries out an initial examination, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.

Each term is a fire drill is carried out that practices efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment.

There is also a Critical Incident Plan which gives details of what staff and parents should carry do in the case of an emergency.

In addition to the Health and Safety Policy there are policies:

 

First Aid

In school there are always trained members of staff who volunteer to oversee first aid. There are a number of first aid kits situated around school.

In the event of an accident the details must be recorded in the Accident Book, which is kept in the school office.

Details to be recorded are: date, persons involved, class, nature of accident, action taken and signed by the member of staff dealing with the accident.

This applies to all staff, children and visitors to the school.

If a child bumps or bangs their head this must be reported immediately (as with all accidents in the Accident book). Parents must also be informed via a letter/ telephone call (copies are kept in the accident book). The letter should be passed to the class teacher so that they are also aware that the child was hurt. The letter should be given to the parent (or via the child) at the end of the school day. This gives parents the opportunity to monitor their child for concussion. If the incident is serious or the child shows signs of concussion the parents should be contacted immediately so that they can take the child to hospital or if necessary the emergency services will be called.

First Aid is available from the school office. Only water or non-alcohol wipes may be used to treat cuts and bruises.

Mid-day supervisors have their own pack with first aid items.

 

Medicines in School

The problems associated with the administration of medicines in School have been of concern for a long time and, generally, the guidance and advice received has been that we should not place ourselves in a position where we are required to be responsible for their administration. Parents may visit the School in order to administer prescribed drugs. If a class teacher undertakes a responsibility to administer medication then written parental consent must be obtained and a clear record of dosage and time administered must be kept.

For matters of an intimate nature staff are informed to deal with a child with utmost sensitivity and always to seek guidance from the Headteacher or Deputy. In almost all situations the parents will be asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision making process for such matters. In rare circumstances the school nurse will be contacted as a matter of utmost urgency before the parent.

 

Site security

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School provides a secure site, which is controlled by precise management directives, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it. Therefore all people on the site have to adhere to the rules, which govern it. Laxity can cause potential problems to safeguarding. Therefore:

 Gates should be locked except at the start and end of each day.

 Doors should be closed to prevent intrusion but to facilitate smooth exits.

 Visitors, volunteers and students must only enter through the main entrance and after signing in at the office window.

 Empty classrooms should have closed windows.

 Children should never be allowed to leave school alone during school hours, and if collected by an adult, signed out.

Should a child leave the school premises without permission then staff have been informed never to chase after a child, but rather to report immediately to the office.

Then parents and police will be informed of the circumstances.

 

Attendance

Excellent attendance is expected of all children, but when children are unwell parents are expected to confirm absence by telephone immediately. If there is no notification school has a policy of phoning home to ascertain each child’s whereabouts.

The school works closely with the Local Authority’s Education Welfare officer whenever a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern. Attendance rates are reported each term to the LA, annually to the government and to all parents.

Positive measures are in place to encourage children to attend regularly and punctually and the school is aware of its right to take legal action against parents who do not ensure good attendance and punctuality.

 

Appointment of staff and induction of newly appointed staff and work placements

All staff that are appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS (Disclosing and Barring Service) check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If staff are found to have a criminal record the appointment is reconsidered by the Headteacher and governors.

The LA is informed directly by the Criminal Records Bureau.

The Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher sits on all appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants. The Headteacher and a member of the governing body has undertaken the NCSL training on Safer Recruitment. All references are taken up.

New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for the induction period. It is the responsibility of the mentors to familiarise new staff with procedures and policy, which affect the health and safety of all at school but especially the children.

 

Induction of Volunteers

Volunteers must also have DBS clearance. The office will organise for this to take place. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.

 

Welcoming Visitors

It is assumed that visitors with a professional role i.e. the School Nurse or members of the police already have relevant clearance but the office will endeavour to check this before admittance is granted and a note made of anyone entering without clearance.

 

Child Protection Policy

The designated adult for Child Protection is the, head teacher and an additional member of the Senior Leadership Team and there is a designated governor. There is a detailed Child Protection Policy, which is available from the school office. It is the Governing Body’s duty to ensure the policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. Certain governors and all staff have had appropriate child protection training, which is updated at least every three years.

The child protection policy includes a statement on physical restraint. This school follows DfES guidelines 10/98 which asserts that physical restraint may be used if there is the possibility that a child may be about to cause harm to him/ herself or to another. It also asserts that on no occasion should such physical contact be used as a punishment.

All allegations of abuse by or complaints of a teacher will be dealt with following the Area Child Protection Committee procedures. A copy of this is available at 24hours  notice. If there are any complaints regarding the Headteacher, then these should be reported directly to the Chair of Governors.

 

The Design of the Curriculum

The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two ways. Firstly, the curriculum, in subjects such as Personal, Social and Health Education discusses relevant issues with the children. Topics include such themes as Drugs, Sex and Relationships and Stranger Danger. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues.

Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taking out of school appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are finally authorised by the Headteacher.

Visiting speakers, with correct clearance are always welcome into school so that they can give specialist knowledge to the children.

 

Internet Safety

Children should be encouraged to use the internet as much as is possible, but at all times in a safe way. Parents are asked each year if they agree to their child using the internet. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers should ensure that this does not happen. If teachers know of misuse, either by a teacher or child the issue should be reported to the Headteacher without delay.

The Headteacher has overall responsibility for internet safety and refers any matters of concern to the child protection officer. The head teacher is also the internet and email manager for school.

 

Behaviour policy

Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations for this. A Behaviour Policy is available to staff. Although the emphasis is always on the positive there are also times when children have to be disciplined in order to maintain the safety and security of all children.

Staff are discouraged from handling children, but when they deem it is safest to do so methods of restraining a child should be used so that they do not harm either themselves or others.

 

Anti-Bullying

 

Within Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School there is a clear and common understanding of what is meant by the term bullying.  In this context it is taken to mean the deliberate, persistent, intentional hurtful behaviour of one person, or group of people, to another or others

The response to bullying is identified within the Behaviour Policy.

 

“We work actively with all staff, pupils and parents to create a school community where bullying is not tolerated. When a child says they are being bullied they will be listened to and the matter investigated.”

 

Although bullying in this school is rare, the school will always act swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. Bullying practices will not be tolerated.

 

Racial and Social tolerance

 

The school continues to work hard to promote equality and harmony by preventing and challenging all forms of discrimination.

Discrimination is tackled in both the RE and in the PSHE curricula. The children take part in discussions designed to raise awareness and address prejudices. From time to time visitors work with the children also.

 

Whistleblowing

If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the management accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally but staff should be prepared to discuss issues in the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the necessary degree of confidentiality. The school has our own policy on Whistleblowing which reflects Local Authority’s Policy

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