Rushen Primary School Safeguarding Policy
To comply with the Isle of Man Children’s Plan and to ensure that we properly protect the children attending Rushen Primary School, the Safeguarding policies of the Isle of Man Department of Education and Children will be wholly adopted by the school. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that the 5 key outcomes of the Children’s Plan are met:
Being Healthy Staying Safe Enjoying Life and Achieving Making a Positive Contribution Prospering
At Rushen Primary School 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. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place:
Health and Safety Policy
The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored regularly. The Headteacher, and the Governors oversee the policy. Each term there is a fire drill that practices efficient evacuation from the buildings. There is also an emergency plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.
In school there are always trained members of staff who volunteer to oversee first aid. There are a number of first aid kits situated around 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 parents are informed
• If an injury is serious, an ambulance will be called and the parent directed to meet the child at Noble’s Hospital.
Medicines are not permitted in school, except for Asthma inhalers, children who require an asthma inhaler should register this need with the School Office on the form provided and inhalers must be in school AT ALL TIMES. Staff will check that asthma inhalers are available before leaving a classroom for any activity elsewhere in the grounds of the school or for any off site activity.
Children requiring other medicines should take them before and after school, if a dose is required at lunchtime parents will need to attend school to administer it.
If children soil themselves they will be offered the opportunity to clean themselves up and given a fresh set of clothing (parents will be informed). In extreme cases particularly with very young pupils, the Senior Education Support Officers will clean the child if necessary in the presence of another member of staff.
All staff who work at the school who come into contact with children and in whom the children have trust will be given appropriate CPD in matters relating to Safeguarding.
The School will build and maintain close working relationships with the Southern Area Multi Agency Team (MAT).
At the present time all matters relating to child protection will be reported to a designated Child Protection Officer, the Headteacher, or in her absence the Deputy Headteacher or the Key Stage 2 Coordinator. They will deal with the matter using the guidance provided in The Safeguarding Children Board (SCB) Inter-agency Child Protection Procedures.
Rushen Primary School 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.
• All exit doors should be closed to prevent intrusion.
• Visitors must only enter through the main entrance and after signing in at the office window. They should be given a visitors badge on entry.
• 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.
• Should a child leave the school premises without permission then staff have been informed never to chase after a child, but rather to report immediately to the office. Then parents and police will be informed of the circumstances.
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 has a policy of phoning home to ascertain each child’s whereabouts. The school works closely with the Authorities Welfare officer whenever a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern. Attendance rates are reported each month to the Department of Education.
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 CRB check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made them. It is the responsibility of all staff to familiarise new staff with procedures and policy, which affect the health and safety of all at school but especially the children.
Induction of volunteers
Volunteers must also have Criminal Records Bureau clearance. 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 CRB search will be conducted. The Department of Education and Children Human Resources Section performs this. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.
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.
Child Protection Policy
The designated adult for Child Protection is Ms Owens, the Headteacher. In his absence Miss Baker will undertake this role. This school follows the guidelines in the Isle of Man Education Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2008 which asserts that physical restraint may be used if there is the possibility that a child may be about to cause harm to him/ herself or to another. It also asserts that on no occasion should such physical contact be used as a punishment.
Photographing and videoing
There has been controversy about adults photographing and filming young people. The concerns are genuine, however we have taken a sensible, balanced approach, which allows parents to photograph and film providing they follow certain guidelines:
• Parents consent to school taking photographs by signing a permission slip.
• School photographs that are for use outside of school are used to celebrate successes and permission is sought from each parent in writing that they are happy that images of their child can be used form time to time in this way, either in print or on the school’s website.
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 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 Isle of Man Government Department of Education and Children has a current Whistleblowing Policy.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following policies:
Behaviour Policy Anti-Bullying Policy Equal Opportunities Policy Emergency Plan.