Safeguarding and Welfare
Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. The school has a number of policies to keep children safe and well. For more information please read our Child Protection policy which is also available on the “Health and Safety” notice board (opposite the disabled and visitor toilets).
In the interests of health and safety, parents, carers and volunteers must:
- Ensure that children cannot access any medication at any time.
- Not administer first aid, unless their qualifications have been checked by the school office, and school policies understood. (There could be exceptions in emergency life-saving situations).
- Follow the school’s policies on sickness, accidents and medicines in school.
- Provide the school with any information about any dietary requirements, preferences, food allergies that their child has, and any special health requirements.
- Follow the school’s behaviour policy and related policies when helping in school.
- Not bring dogs on to the school premises without prior consent.
- Supervise their child at home time.
- Report any health and safety concerns, accidents, hazards and faulty equipment to a member of staff or the school office.
- Not use cameras (including camera phones) without consent from a member of staff. Mobile phones should be switched off or silenced in school.
NSPCC and Keeping safe
The NSPCC recently came into school to share assemblies and workshops with the children on how to keep themselves safe. This is clearly a vitally important issue for us as schools and of course parents.
Support for Parents/Carers: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe
The Underwear Rule (including free resources/lesson plans for teachers):
Personal Safety - Sussex Police advice
Sussex Police have also shared with us a short guidance on Personal Safety for children (see document below). Please re-enforce the message to your children about not talking to strangers and if approached consider the following actions:
People you do not know (Strangers)
- watch out for cars that are following you
- never get into a car with a person you do not know
- never approach a person you don’t know sitting in a car
- Stay strong, saying no is not wrong
- Never tell a stranger your name or address
- Don’t believe what strangers tell you
- Don’t accept gifts, treats or sweets from strangers
- Keep your distance and never go anywhere with someone you don’t know
- Trust your feelings if it doesn’t feel right it isn’t
Yell and Tell
- Don’t be afraid to say no
- If a stranger makes you feel unsafe, always ‘yell and tell’
- Yell ‘help’ or ‘I don’t know you’ to get someone’s attention. Then tell someone you trust what has happened
- Don’t let anyone make you feel unsafe
- If you have a phone – use it dial 999
Know a Safe place
- A safe place is a place that has someone you can trust and talk to, such as a school, shop, police station or friend’s house.
- If someone does make you feel unsafe, always run to a safe place
There are a number of forms and permission slips that we will ask you to complete. Please assist us by returning them promptly. If you have any questions about these forms or need help in filling them in – please ask.
Pupil Information Form
This form gives us important information such as emergency contact details and medical information. Please complete all sections and let us know if any details change. This form will have to be completed again for nursery children if they are admitted to the reception class for which there is a separate admissions process. This form includes permission for:
- Photographs and other images – during the course of everyday activities, opportunities may arise for photographs (film and digital) and videos to be taken of your child by school staff and/or pupils. These may be stored and displayed in the school. The school may put photographs and videos of your child on the school website and/or in local media.
- Internet – all classrooms in the school have access to the internet, including internal email. The school internet service provider operates a filtering system which restricts access to inappropriate materials and, while the school ensures suitable safeguards are in place to protect them, pupils themselves must also play their part. We have a list of Rules for Responsible Internet Use (attached) which we ask pupils to agree to and abide by. The rules are on display in each class and are discussed with pupils. Anyone deliberately breaking the rules will have their access to the internet within school either denied or, at the very least, severely restricted.
- Consent for school trips and other offsite activities – the trips and activities covered by this consent include all visits which take place during term time, adventure activities and offsite sporting fixtures outside the school day. The school will send you information about each trip or activity before it takes place.
- First aid or emergency medical treatment – consent for any first aid or emergency medical treatment during the course of educational visits or activities.
Regular Travelling Home Permission Arrangements (slips are available from the school office)
- Some (older) Y5 and Y6 children walk home on their own and we request written confirmation from parents/carers that you have given your child permission to do this.
- If your child is picked up regularly by another person you can complete the “Permission to go home with” slip – this arrangement will be in place on an ongoing basis until further written notice is received from you.
Different arrangements for collecting your child
You must always let us know if someone else is taking your child home. Please call the school office or complete one of the slips in the school foyer. We are unable to release your child to another person without your permission.
Paracetamol for years 5 and 6
We are able to administer paracetamol to children 10 years and over suffering acute pain from things like migraine, period pain and toothache. This will be in tablet form rather than as a liquid. Pupils must not bring paracetamol (or other types of painkillers) to school for self-administration. Parental permission will be sought when your child is in year 5.
School Health Programme
We are required to ask your permission for any routine health checks undertaken in school. We will seek further permission from you for any additional checks that may be required.