Safeguarding

We are committed to ensuring children at our schools are safe. Safeguarding our school community is of paramount importance. We ensure that all our staff are aware of, and have the skills to deal with, any child protection or safeguarding concerns. We have robust recruitment procedures and professional development programmes which ensure that all our staff uphold our strong ethos and values.

Your child’s safety and welfare is of paramount importance, overriding all other considerations. Schools are legally required to follow set procedures and the LA requires the Head Teacher or a Designated Senior Person (DSP) for Child Protection to report any obvious or suspected cases of child abuse, which includes non-accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse.

This procedure is intended to protect children at risk. Our Child Protection Policy is also available from the school office on request or via the link below.

Anyone who works in an unsupervised capacity with children, whether paid or voluntary, will require DBS (Disclosure Barring Services) certification.

We are committed to ensuring that all staff and adults with responsibility for children’s safety and welfare are trained to deal with incidents involving aggressive behaviour and only use physical intervention as a last resort, in line with DfE and LA advice.  If used at all, it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the pupil.  We will aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to pupils and staff.

If you are concerned about the well-being or safety of a particular child, please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff to discuss your concerns further.  Alternatively, you could also contact either the Local Authority Social Services Department at County Hall or the NSPCC.

Illness and Accidents in School

We will make every effort to contact you or a named carer, if your child falls ill during the school day. We are equipped to cope with minor accidents but should a serious accident occur the child may need to go to hospital. It is vital, therefore, that you give us telephone contact numbers and keep these updated.

In the event of contagious and infectious diseases the school must follow the Area Health regulations about when children are fit to return to school. The most common is sickness and diarrhoea, for which children should kept off school for 48 hours after last bout.

Head lice: These are a persistant problem in schools, but schools are not responsible for detecting, treating or excluding children who have head lice infections. Please regularly check your children for head lice and treat if necessary. Guidance is available via the link below.

We follow guidance from the Health Protection Agency’s “Control of communicable diseases in diseases in schools”.

Guidance on infection control in schools