Keeping your child safe

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Keeping your child 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:

Child Protection

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 Teachers for Child Protection are Victoria Pierce (Headteacher) and Wendy Walters (Deputy Headteacher).  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.’

Collecting your child during the school day

Please try and make appointments out of school hours if possible. If you have to collect your child during the school day for a medical or dental appointment, please write a note to the class teacher or let the office staff know.

If your child is ill

Please keep them at home and notify us by 9am on the first day of any absence so that we know they are safely at home with you.  We have a policy of contacting parents / carers if we haven’t received a message by 10am.

If your child becomes ill during the day they will be monitored and we will telephone you if we feel it is necessary to do so.  Any cuts and grazes resulting from normal play in the playground will be dealt with by our first aid trained office staff, learning support assistants or mid-day assistants.  Any bumps on the head will be reported to the child’s teacher and parents / carers will also be notified. We ensure that the majority members of staff have First Aid certificates and our ten fully qualified Paedatric First Aiders.

Medicines

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 Medical 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.

Health Checks

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.

See our Health and Welfare  page on this website.

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) .

Fire Safety

Once a year the school welcomes representatives from the local Fire Brigade who come to talk to Ks1 and KS2 children about Fire Safety.

Road 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 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.

As part of the level 2 cycle training children in years 5 & 6 are taught how to cycle safely on quiet roads and about road safety awareness.

Safety in the playground

Before and after school

Parents/carers are responsible for children in playground before the bell rings unless the child attended breakfast club and then the breakfast club staff are there for them.

Please do not allow your children to ride bikes or scooters once in the playground at the beginning or end of the school day.

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 and additionally Yard Guardss are present in the infant playground to help ensure that lunchtimes are a happy time for children in Reception and Year 1.

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.

Security

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 new 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, so we apologise in advance.

Gate Duty

At the beginning and end of each day there is always at least one member of staff at the gate to make sure that children stay safely inside the school playground once they have been dropped of by parents and do not leave without an accompanying adult (unless they are older pupils with permission to go home unaccompanied).

Drug Misuse, Sex and Relationship

As part of the national curriculum Yr 2 and Yr 5 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)

Police/Community Officers

We have excellent relations with out local police and community officers who regularly attend our school events and are invited in to different classes to talk about a variety of topics.

Swimming

Children go swimming once a week. Children in years 2, 3 4, 5 and 6 go for one 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.

Bullying

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. We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) scheme of work and every half term there is a new topic that the whole school focus on through circle time, discussion groups and school assemblies. Every year we focus on anti-bullying week through SEAL and involve the children in anti-bullying competitions.

Learning and Wellbeing Mentor

Our learning and wellbeing mentor, Mrs Charnock,  works with individual children and small groups to help resolve friendship issues and also runs anger management groups for children who need support in this area.

Cyber Safety

We take cyber safety very seriously at Rudston. The school has very clear rules for responsible Internet which Mr Long ensures are taught throughout the whole school.   Yr 6 pupils watch the film Caught In The Web about cyber safety covering social network sites, mobile phone use, emailing and how to keep safe on the Internet, which is followed by a class discussion. Letters to parents and carers informing them about how to keep their child safe are sent out and if we become aware of issues relating to specific children we inform parents.

 

The computing consultants have partnered up with the central DBS office in Liverpool City Centre to share what makes them feel safe. Below is a link to their powerful keynote / powerpoint which they presented to almost 100 city council workers.

DBS keynote

 

 

 

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