St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Safeguarding Statement

 

St Peter's Primary School Safeguarding Children Statement

At St Peter's the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance.  Parents send their children to school each day each 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 accomplish this a range of measures have been put in place.

Health and Safety Policy

 The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored by the relevant committee of the school governors.   Any concerns from staff or volunteers are reported to any of the above who will carry 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.  There is also a critical incidents plan that details what staff and parents should do in an emergency.

 

First Aid

In school we have trained members of staff who oversee first aid on a timetabled basis. Evey class has a labelled first aid box and there are a number of first aid kits situated around the school.  When a child is poorly 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 in the accident book
  • For head injuries a head injuries note is issued
  • If there is any doubt at all a parent/carer is contacted

 School policy is that members of staff will only give medicines when the parent has completed and signed the appropriate form requesting that staff administer; the decision is at the discretion of the head teacher.  For the majority of medicines, however a dose before school, after school and at bedtime is perfectly adequate.  Naturally the parents should consult doctors before giving any form of medication.  For matters of an intimate nature staff are informed to deal with a child with utmost sensitivity and always seek advice and guidance from the head teacher or member of the SLT.  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 the event of an adult visitor requiring first aid the most senior member of staff available and the first aider should be notified.

Site security

St Peter's provides a secure site, 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 in the daytime
  • All exit doors should be closed to prevent intrusion
  • Visitors must enter only through the main entrance and sign in.  They should also be given a visitor's badge on entry.
  • Children should never be allowed to leave school alone during school hours, and if collected by an adult, should be signed out.

Attendance

Excellent attendance is expected of all children, but when children are unwell parents are expected to confirm absence by telephone.  If there is no notification school will call home to ascertain the child’s whereabouts.  Attendance rates are reported regularly to the LA, annually to the government and the school is aware of its rights to take legal action against parents who do not ensure good attendance.

Appointments of staff and induction of newly appointed staff and placements

 All members of staff appointed to work in the school have a criminal records search called a CRB check.  This search highlights people who have a criminal record or have had previous allegations made.  If a member of staff is 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.  The head teacher sits on all appointment panels where candidates are external applicants.  The Head Teacher and Acting Deputy Head have both received safer recruitment training.  New members of staff are recruited into safeguarding practices.  Newly appointed members of staff are allocated a mentor.

Welcoming visitors

It is assumed that visitors with a professional role ie the school nurse or members of the police already have the relevant clearance but the school will endeavour to check before admittance is granted and a note made of anyone without a clearance.

 Child Protection Policy

 The Designated Senior Lead (DSL) for child protection is Mrs Sarah Downes.  It is the governing body’s duty to ensure the child protection policy is reviewed regularly.  Any complaints should be addressed to the Head Teacher; or if about the Head Teacher to the Chair of Governors directly.

School Curriculum

The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two ways.  Firstly, the curriculum, in such subjects as PSHE discusses relevant issues with the children.  Topics include themes as drugs, 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 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 risk assessed and authorised by the Head Teacher.  Visiting speakers, with the correct clearance are always welcome into school so that the children may receive specialist knowledge.

School Assemblies also address safety throughout the school year.

September - Road Safety

September- General Safety

Safety Assembly 

October-  Stranger Danger

November  Bonfire and Firework Safety

November Anti bullying ,Cyberbullying and Fire safety (Bonfire Night)

February - Internet Safety Day

May- Keeping Safe in the Sun

June- River and Water Safety

June- Bike safety (Bikeability)

July- Transition to secondary school

Internet Safety

Children should be encouraged to use the internet as much as possible, but at all times in a safe way.  Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers/TAs should ensure that this does not happen.  If a member of staff knows of misuse, either by an adult or child the issue should be reported to E-Safety Lead (Mrs Downes) without delay. All incidents are recorded on the E-safety log. All incidents are dealt with according to school policy.

Behaviour Policy

Good behaviour is essential and at St Peter's we have high expectations for this.  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.  There are numerous rewards available for children:

  • Stickers
  • Showing good work in assembly
  • Certificates
  • House Points

 

There is a robust behaviour policy using a green, amber and red chart displayed in every classroom. Incidents are logged on a daily basis and the Deputy Head and Assistant Head monitor these weekly.

Anti bullying policy

 Our definition of bullying is,” A systematic and extended victimisation of a person or group, by another person or group of others.”  The school’s response is to inform adults and take action. Silence is a bully’s best friend. Although bullying in this school is rare the school must act swiftly. All incidents of bullying are reported to the Head Teacher.

Race equality

 Along with equal opportunities race equality is important for preparing our children for an ethnically diverse society.  The school works to promote racial equality and harmony by preventing and challenging racism.  If anyone ever feels unjustly treated then the school welcomes and values a response. The children take part in discussions designed to raise awareness and address prejudices. All  racist incidents are reported to the Head Teacher and then to the local authority annually.

Photographing and videoing

Parents consent to school taking photographs by signing a permission slip when their child starts in the Reception class. 

Whistleblowing

If members of staff ever have any concerns about the behaviour or intentions of any person within the building, school grounds or within proximity of children they have a professional duty to inform 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 a current whistleblowing policy.