Keeping Children Safe
What we do in school to keep your children safe
‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day’.
Our first and foremost priority is to keep your child safe and healthy. Under the new OFSTED framework safeguarding is a key indicator of what constitutes a good school. Keeping your child safe means:
- The health and safety of all children
- Making sure that the adults who work here have undergone safety and security checks
- Protecting children from deliberate harm
- Being an anti-bullying school
- Being proactive against racist behaviour
- Protecting our children from harassment and discrimination
- A positive approach to behaviour management including the use of physical intervention safely, when necessary
- Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
- Providing first aid
- Protecting children from drug and substance abuse
- Children enjoying safe educational visits
- Caring for children’s personal needs
- Keeping children safe when using the internet and making sure they are aware of cyber bullying.
- Making sure our school is secure and safe
- Being a ‘listening school’.
- Ensuring they know who to go in school if they have a problem
Your child and their health & safety are our number one priority. We employ the following strategies to keep your child healthy and safe:
All staff receive appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection to ensure that they are aware of the school’s procedures for child protection and their responsibilities. We have a written policy and procedures for Child Protection complying with Local Authority guidance. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Allison Mulvaney (Deputy Headteacher). The Deputy Safeguarding leads are Mrs J Cavanagh and Mr I Robinson. The designated governor for Child Protection is Georgia Dufton.
Recording and Reporting Racist Incidents
‘Under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and Home Office Code of Practice on reporting and recording racist incidents (2000) schools are required to record and investigate all racist incidents and to report them to the Local Authority on a regular basis.
Definition of a racist incident: as recommended in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report 1999: ‘A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.’
If a child is receiving ongoing medication, parents are allowed to come into school by prior arrangement to administer this. Medication cannot be administered by school staff without prior agreement: please visit the school office to discuss this. Medicine and tablets must never be given to a child to be brought into school. We will ask you to fill in an Individual Health Care Plan if your child has medical needs. Please advise the school if there are any changes to your child’s health which the school should know about.
Shortly after starting school our Reception children will see the School Nurse for a health check and parents / carers have the opportunity to discuss any worries that they may have with her. If the parent, nurse or teacher have any concerns, they can request a referral to Alder Hey. Health checks are carried out at various points during your child’s education.
Fire Drill Our fire bells are tested weekly and a fire drill is held each term to ensure the swift evacuation of the building. If you are helping in school and the alarm sounds, please leave by the nearest exit and assemble in the designated area (school yards dependan on your local) .
Once a year the school welcomes representatives from the local Fire Brigade who come to talk to Ks1 and KS2 children about Fire Safety.
As part of our Travel Plan we have set a target to continue to increase the number of children walking and cycling to school. We ask parents / carers to support us and ease traffic congestion by walking your child to school, or by encouraging them to scoot or cycle; this provides an ideal opportunity to teach your child about road safety and traffic awareness. Zig-Zag lines and H markings are in force around the school so, if you do travel by car, please park well away from the school entrance for the sake of the safety of our pupils.
Road Safety Officers visit the school on an annual basis to ensure that all children are aware of how to stay safe as pedestrians.
Safety in the playground
Before and after school
Parents/carers are responsible for children in playground in Juniors at the end of the school day.
Please do not allow your children to ride bikes or scooters once in the playground.
Please do not bring dogs onto the school premises ever.
During school hours
We have very clear rules about behaviour and use of play equipment in the playground. Supervising adults are outside with the children every playtime and lunch time to help ensure that lunchtimes are a happy time for children.
No Smoking Area
Our school building and grounds are a designated No Smoking area so we ask for your co-operation in extinguishing cigarettes before entering the site.
The school has been designed with security of pupils and staff in mind including:
· perimeter fencing and gates
· a sophisticated intruder alarm
· a modern effective fire alarm system
· door entry system
· a full CCTV system
· all staff wear ID badges at all times
Although we want to have an open door policy we must balance this against the safety of pupils and staff and we request that parents / carers respect this.
Visiting the school
Any visitors to the school must sign in and out as a visitor and wear their badge at all times. Our staff are trained to challenge anyone not following this practice.
Drug Misuse, Sex and Relationship
As part of the national curriculum all year groups cover age appropriate sex and relationship education. All parents receive a letter before the subject is covered explaining the topic and how they are taught. Yrs 5 and 6 also cover drug misuse through various outside agency input (i.e: Police, Healthy Choices through Sport programmes, Community Officers)
Children go swimming once a week. Children in years 3 4, 5 and 6 go for at least half a term every year. They are accompanied by 2 members of staff who remain poolside during the lesson and closely supervise the children in the changing rooms. The children are taught swimming by fully trained instructors.
Risk Assessments and School Trips
All school trips involve the undertaking of a risk assessment and our children wear high visibility tabards clearly identifying them as Rudston Primary School pupils on all educational trips.
It is the responsibility of the whole school to ensure that school is a bully free zone. We are proactive in promoting a caring and positive ethos between all members of the school community. We have an anti-bullying policy with very clear procedures in place in the event of an incident involving bullying.
In conjunction with Merseyside Police, Rudston Primary School is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At Rudston Primary School our Key Adult is Mrs Mulvaney (Deputy Head & Designated Safeguarding Lead).
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting the Safeguarding team at school.