Keeping Your Child Safe In School
How do we keep your child safe in school?
Safeguarding our children is at the top of our agenda.
Mr Pugh is the Designated Senior Leader responsible for child protection and safeguarding.
Mr. McGurk is the Back-up Designated Senior Leader.
The school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is updated at least annually and more regularly when there are national policy changes. Parents can find a copy of this policy on this website.
This policy outlines the procedures staff have to follow, how these are recorded and the training staff receive.
Mr. Pugh or Mr McGurk may have to follow up concerns raised by staff with parents – this is part of our responsibility as Designated Senior Leaders.
There are currently no procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to schools which means that our children are left without the support and nurture that they need when they need it most. Operation Encompass has been created to address this so that by 8.30a.m. the next school day, the school’s Key Adult will be informed when a child has been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child. Mr.Pugh and Mr McGurk are the Key Adults for our school.
You can find out more about Operation Encompass by following this link
We work hard to keep our children safe during the school day by:
- Locking entrance gates other than the main entrance, at 8.55a.m. and unlocking gates at 3.00p.m. The internal school security door is closed at all times between 8.55a.m. and 3.10p.m.
- Visitors use the main entrance at the front of the school and report to the office. At the office, the visitor will sign in and receive a visitor lanyard before being allowed to enter the main building
- Parents complete the record book available when they are taking their child out OR returning their child to school during the school day for an appointment or because the child is ill
- Having staff on duty when children arrive at school, during playtime and lunchtime, when children leave school
- Clearly identiying staff when they are on duty as they wear high visibility jackets
- Regularly checking the school grounds for any potentially dangerous problems and addressing these
- Completing risk assessments for both regular and less regular activities
- Ensuring all staff complete safeguarding training at least once every academic year
- Following key systems to record and communicate safeguarding concerns
- Telling children who the trusted adults in school are and how to ask for help
- Having a clear behaviour policy that children and staff understand and follow
- Ensuring we have a team of trained first aiders
- Having first aid kits situated aroound school
- Communicating with parents when their child has been treated by a first aider
- Teaching children how to stay safe in a range of situations using our P.S.H.E. Curriculum Framework
- Delivering Right Start Pedestrian Training to teach children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Right Start is a child-centred education programme pioneered by Lancashire County Council’s Road Safety Group to encourage primary age school children to develop their traffic awareness and pedestrian skills
- Inviting relevant professionals to work with children about how to stay safe in a range of situations e.g. police, swimming instructor, sports coach, school nurse
This is our P.S.H..E. Curriculum Framework. P.S.H.E. is Personal Social Health Education. Teaching is focused on three core areas - Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. One aspect of Health and Well-Being includes Keeping Safe.