At Brookland Junior we have a strong commitment to safeguard all our children, ensuring their health, safety and well being in all areas of our practice.
Safeguarding encompasses the following:
- Staff recruitment, appointment and training
- Volunteers and visitors to the school
- All aspects of child protection
- Site security and safety, including fire procedures
- Risk assessment of all activities, trips and residential journeys
- E-safety learning and procedures
- Medical and first aid procedures
- Behaviour, bullying and restraint
- Equalities and discrimination
The school follows the safer recruitment procedures and the Head Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Inclusion Manager, Vice Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor have all undertaken the Safer Recruitment training. Application forms are carefully scrutinised in line with recommended good practice and statutory requirements. The school maintains an up to date Single Central Record on all its employees.
Staff receive induction which includes information on safeguarding and their responsibilities towards ensuring children and all who come into the school are kept safe.
All staff receive in house training with regard to child protection prior to beginning work with children. The Designated Senior Person keeps a record of when staff have been trained, and ensures this is updated every three years. The Designated Senior Person and Headteacher receive central training at least every two years. Regular training and updates on all other aspects of safeguarding – for example all members of support staff receive bi - annual training in emergency first aid and the Computing Manager provides E-safety updates.
Allegations Against Staff
Any allegations made are referred to the LADO for advice and relevant procedures followed.
The school has adopted the LA Whistle Blowing policy and all staff have a duty to ensure any safeguarding issues concerning staff are brought to the Headteacher’s immediate attention.
Volunteers and Visitors
All volunteers and visitors sign in and read the school Volunteers Agreement. Volunteers/visitors may not be left unsupervised with any children at any time. Regular volunteers to the school are asked to complete a DBS check.
Child Protection – the school has a separate, detailed and up to date Child Protection policy – this is read and a declaration signed by all staff as part of the in house child protection training.
Site safety – please see our Health and Safety policy for a comprehensive understanding of all procedures here.
Risk Assessment – the Deputy Headteacher maintains a risk assessment file for all school activities and trips, while the school Site Manager maintains a risk assessment file for aspects of the site.
E-safety – the school has separate E-safety guidelines for staff and children and also provides advice and support to parents. This is a constantly changing area and needs regular review. Updates on emerging issues are provided to staff by the Computing Manager. E-safety teaching is incorporated regularly into IT and computing lessons.
Medical and first aid – the school has 4 named fully qualified paediatric first aiders. The school has a separate Managing Medicines policy, which should be read in conjunction with this.
All staff are expected to act as exemplary role models and ensure they create an environment with clear behaviour expectations which create security for the children. Children should feel safe and nurtured and be able to confide in adults in school if they are worried.
We are a “Telling School” and encourage all pupils to ensure they inform a trusted adult if they feel unsafe or bullied in any way. All staff are made aware of the importance of listening to children’s concerns.
Equalities and Discrimination
All staff need to have a clear commitment to equalities and adhere to our Equalities Policy. Children are explicitly taught that any form of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sexuality, disability is wrong and there is a zero tolerance approach. A log of discriminatory incidents is maintained. The school is vigilant with regard to ensuring children and staff are protected from any form of extremism or indoctrination. The school’s commitment to the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Programme reinforces our commitment to equalities and tolerance.
Teaching and Learning Around Safety
The school teaches pupils to keep themselves safe and take responsibility for their own safety and well being. Our PHSE learning includes sex and relationships education in Y5 and 6, learning about healthy diets, exercise in all year groups, learning about road safety and how to deal with bullying. Our Rights Respecting Schools Programme ensures pupils also learn about respect for diversity and for each other. E-safety forms an essential part of IT lessons and PE lessons teach pupils about safe use of apparatus, warm up and exercising safely. Food technology lessons also cover elements of food hygiene and safe use of utensils.
Staff with Key Responsibilities:
- Inclusion Manager, Aysha Pettit, is the school’s Child Protection Designated Senior Person.
- The Headteacher, Sharon Strank, is the second Child Protection Designated Senior Person.
- The School Site Manager, is responsible for all aspects of site health and safety and risk assessments
- The Office Manager and Paediatric First Aiders are responsible for medical and first aid procedures
- The Deputy Headteacher is the school’s Educational Visits Coordinator.
- The Computing Manager is responsible for advising on and providing updates on E-safety.
- The school has a dedicated safeguarding and health and safety governors who report back to the Board of Governors.
- The Head Teacher has overall responsibility for all aspects of safeguarding within the school
Parents should notify the school of any medical issues relating to their child on admission to the school, including details of any medication. Children with a long-term medical condition will need to complete a medical plan.
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