Safeguarding

Safeguarding policy

 

Review

This policy is reviewed and approved by the School’s Governing Body every year.

Chair of Governors / Child Protection Governor Signed Date
Gill Harrison June 2015
Neil Cottrell October 2015

Legal framework

  • Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requires local authorities and governing bodies of maintained schools to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
  • The Welsh assembly Government(WAG) has issued a circular (Safeguarding Children in Education: No. 005/2008) containing guidance on arrangements that need to be in place as required by Section 175 of the 2002 Act;
  • Governing bodies and school staff must have regard for this guidance when fulfilling their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people at their schools;

 

 

 

Rationale

 

Governors and staff of our school understand they have a statutory duty to exercise their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of their learners.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is concerned with:

  • protecting children from abuse and neglect;
  • preventing impairment of their health or development; and
  • ensuring that they receive safe and effective care.

This is to enable children to have optimum life chances.

Everyone who works in our school shares an objective to help keep children safe by contributing to:

  • creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for children and young people;
  • identifying where there are child welfare concerns and taking action to address these, where appropriate, in partnership with other agencies; and
  • the development of children’s understanding, awareness, and resilience through the curriculum.

In order to achieve these objectives we have designed systems designed to:

  • prevent unsuitable people from working with children in our school;
  • promote safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice;
  • identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe; and
  • contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for children and young people.

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.  (See child protection policy)

 

At Ysgol Golftyn 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. Golftyn therefore has to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place in addition to child protection procedures,

 

Safeguarding procedures

 

Appointments 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 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 Head teacher and the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Criminal Records Bureau.

New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices. Newly appointed staff have an induction process with the head teacher/assistant head teacher. In particular new staff are made aware of all matters which affect the health and safety of all at school but especially the children.  As part of the recruitment process two references are sought and checks made with GTCW.  The school maintains a register of this information about every new member of staff.

Students on work placements have an induction meeting with a booklet to take away.  This outlines practices relating to safeguarding and child protection.

 

 

Supervision, training and management of staff

 

The key to a safe school is the quality of adult supervision. The leadership team manage timetable and duty rotas effectively in order to ensure that children are supervised properly at all times.  Leadership meetings, staff meetings and the meetings of lunchtime supervisors are regular occasions when the behaviour and supervision of children are regularly discussed. Any pressure points in the day will be reviewed and reorganised to improve problems.

Staff handbooks and meetings are used to remind staff of the importance of proper supervision and safe ratios of adults to children in different situations inside and outside the classroom.

Risk assessments are carried out before specific activities or trips.

All staff have been trained to use a positive behaviour model.  (See Behaviour Policy)

 

 

 

 

 

Induction of volunteers

Regular volunteers must also have Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. For a brief activity, such as a school visit, which does not involve the supervision or close contact of children it is not necessary for a full DBS check. For extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building a full DBS search will be conducted. The office performs this. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children. Volunteers and students all receive an induction booklet which highlights matters of safeguarding.

Students on work placements from the local college receive a health and safety briefing when they join us and are given health and safety advice in their induction booklet. Our premises are regularly inspected by Coleg Cambria to ensure the site is safe for work experience students.

 

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.

The Health and Safety Policy

The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored annually by the school governors.

The LA produces a monitoring checklist, which has to be completed on a yearly basis. The Head teacher, the caretaker and the Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list. 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 there is a fire drill that practices efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. Fire alarms are checked regularly.

There is also a Fire Safety plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.

Risk assessments are carried out or requested for all new activities and trips using Evolve.

First Aid

We have six trained first aiders in school. There are five first aid stations situated around school. Each is labeled with a first aid kit and named first aiders. First aiders meet termy to review practice and to agree on resources required. When a child is ill, or has suffered an accident in school or on the playground there is a protocol for staff to follow:

  • A trained first aider is consulted
  • The incident is logged on an accident form or duplicate book
  • For head injuries a parent/carer is contacted
  • If a child is distressed the parent is contacted
  • If a child is happy to stay in school staff may inform the parent of a minor accident before they collect the child

Medical needs

 

In the case of a pupil needing medication during the day parents are welcome to come into school to administer correct dosages. The Head teacher or SMT will administer medication if it is clearly labelled and signed by parent.  Other staff do not administer medication.

For matters of an intimate nature staff are informed to deal with a child with utmost sensitivity and always to seek guidance from the Head Teacher or Assistant Head. 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.

We will ensure that children with specific medical needs are not discriminated against.

Due to medical or delayed development, if a child enters school without being toilet trained and needs assistance with nappy changing or changing of clothes, they will be encouraged as much as possible to become more independent. Staff will assist however if the child is distressed or needs further assistance parents will be called in to support. If a child has a support worker then they will assist with nappy changing on a 1:1 basis with parental consent. This will take place in a designated area and the support worker will keep a record.

Site security

Doors are kept locked and opened to allow children in and out at the end of the day.

Visitors, volunteers and students must only enter through the main entrance and sign the visitor’s book in the foyer. There are badges for visitors.

Children will only be allowed home with adults with parental responsibility or confirmed permission.

Children should never be allowed to leave school alone during school hours, and if collected by an adult, signed out. When children are out at playtime they are well away from the road behind the building.  Site gates are kept closed with child proof locks.

School security – parking

There is limited parking on the school site and the pathways and road ways are in close proximity.  Parents are asked not to drive into the school grounds. The main gates are open for deliveries or staff leaving the site. Traffic gates will be closed between 2.30 and 3.30pm when pupils are leaving the school.

Attendance

Excellent attendance is expected of all children, but when children are unwell parents are expected to confirm absence by telephone immediately.

The school works closely with the Inclusion Welfare Officer whenever a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern. Attendance is given a high profile within the school. The Head teacher meets termly with the attendance governor and attendance rates are reported each term to the LA, Governors and to all parents. Positive measures are in place to encourage children to attend regularly.  Parents receive information to inform them of the impact of excellent attendance and Policies for staff and parents are in place.

Child Protection Policy (see child protection policy)

The designated adult for Child Protection is Mrs Cooper the head teacher and the designated governor is Mrs Gill Harrison. Assistant head in the upper juniors Mrs Sharon Kevan and in Foundation Phase Miss Claire Thompson are also child protection officers.

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. Governors and staff have had appropriate child protection training.

All allegations of abuse by or complaints of a teacher will be dealt with following the Complaints Procedure.  For any complaints about the Head teacher the Chair of Governors should be contacted directly.

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 safe use of medicines, the dangers of smoking, alcohol and misuse of drugs and Stranger Danger. Children are encouraged to discuss these issues.  Local police officers support us with delivery of some of these programmes. The programme also includes appropriate touch and how this relates to feelings.

Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within subjects 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 taken 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 Head Teacher and EVC co-ordinator.

Our positive circle time programme is designed to ensure pupils understand the importance of listening and being listened to.  Circle time also promotes resilience and pupils find ways together of dealing with problems.

Our Learning Coach supports pupils with low self esteem or negative attitudes to self or school based on the findings from the PASS survey. The Learning Coach also supports children through significant times in their school and family lives.

Our Family Engagement Co-ordinator works across the consortium works with targeted children and families to improve well being, attendance and family engagement.

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

Internet Safety

Children are encouraged to use the internet as much as is possible, but at all times in a safe way. Parents are asked on entry 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 Head Teacher without delay.

As Child Protection Officer the Head Teacher has overall responsibility for internet safety. Two of the teaching staff organise activities with the safety cadets.

We have children who are appointed as eSafety Cadets. They have been trained in how to advise pupils on safe use of the internet. We have provided training for staff, parents and children on this issue and have ongoing support from eTreble9  who are experts in this field.

 

 

Equality and Diversity policy

Through the implementation of this policy we aim to continue to fulfil the overriding aim and mission statement of our school

At Golftyn we strive for excellence in education by providing a safe, caring, family environment where all are valued and respected as individuals, enabling everyone to reach their full potential.

This aim relates to all the adults and children who are within the school community including volunteers, parents, governors and partners within the community.

Ysgol Golftyn is a welcoming school where everyone is valued and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others are fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole person within a supportive, secure and creative environment. A broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum provides equal opportunity for all pupils to maximise their potential regardless of age, sex, race, colour, religion or disability. We endeavour to promote positive relationships with parents, governors and members of the wider community.

Behaviour policy

Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations for this. There is a whole school approach to encouraging positive behaviour. We have a Behaviour Policy and anti-bullying policy in place.

There are numerous rewards available to children:

  • Adult praise and approval
  • Stickers
  • Showing another teacher good work
  • The head teachers special stickers and award
  • Celebration assembly on Friday
  • Star of the week certificate

There is a whole school approach to discourage behaviours which are unacceptable.

Sanctions may include:

  • A reminder of school rules
  • Sitting with a member of staff away form an activity
  • Involving the head teacher
  • Involving parents

Staff are discouraged from restraining children, except when they deem it is necessary to do so in order to keep children safe. Guidance has been given on safe methods of restraining a child so that they do not harm either themselves or others. Eight members of staff have completed Team Teach training and a positive handling policy and plans are in place. There is a handling Policy in place.

 

Anti Bullying Policy

Golftyn’s definition of bullying is:

“Deliberately hurtful behaviour, targeting an individual or group that is often repeated over a period of time (although we recognise that a one off incident which leaves a victim traumatised could be categorised as bullying).”

The school’s response to this is unequivocal.

Adults must be informed immediately and action will take place.

 

Children are encouraged to speak to an adult should they feel they are victims of bullying.  Although bullying in this school is rare the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. Bullying will not be tolerated.

There is a more detailed Anti-bullying Policy that is available from the school office.

The school council have produced a child friendly behaviour policy, anti-bullying charter and pupil and parent anti-bullying leaflets.

 

 

 

Racial tolerance

A statement within our Race Equality and Cultural Diversity Policy asserts that we are committed to:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity
  • Promoting good relations between members of different racial, cultural and religious groups and communities
  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination

Health and Fitness

We are committed to the Healthy Schools Scheme and as such we promote healthy lifestyles. We have a fruit tuck shop in the upper juniors and provide fruit snack for all younger year groups.  We have water coolers available for children and promote the drinking of water during lessons and milk and water at meal times. Staff are good role models to the children in promoting fitness through lessons and through charity events and through Healthy School Week and topic work.

Sexual and Relationship Education (SRE)

Staff have received training on the new sexual and relationship education materials promoted by the healthy schools scheme. We are committed to giving children the information they need to make healthy choices in the area of relationships. We work closely with parents on this matter.

Photographing and videoing

We allow parents to photograph and film providing they follow certain guidelines:

  • Parents consent to school taking photographs by signing a permission slip on entry.
  • School photographs that are for use outside of school are anonymous unless specific permission has been received from parents.
  • Parents are discouraged from putting photographs of pupils and identifying them on Social Networking Sites.
  • All staff have signed our Acceptable Use Policy.

Whistle blowing

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 follows the Local Authority’s policy on Whistle blowing.

 

Confidentiality

All staff, volunteers and students are given a staff handbook which reminds them about the confidential nature of their work in schools.  All children are entitled to privacy and their names and activities should not be reported outside school. Information about children should only be communicated to parents by teaching staff,

Data

The school holds data about families which is held securely and should not be shared with third parties. Staff understand that data sticks and laptops containing information about children should be encrypted and any loss of personal data should be reported to the head teacher. We are registered as a school with the Information Commissioners Office and we review this annually.

Pupil Voice

The school is committed to listening to pupils. Through school council and circle time children have opportunity to discuss issues and to know their voice will be heard. We have developed many opportunities for pupil’s leadership in the school. This includes, school councillors, Eco school representatives, Literacy and Numeracy ambassadors, Digital wizards,  our Criw Cymraeg and house captains. Through all these means we aim to give pupil the confidence to speak up and to look after the safety and wellbeing of themselves and each other.