The Billericay School. Safeguarding Policy

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1 The Billericay School Safeguarding Policy Date of Last Review: April 2013 Status: Statutory Committee: Full Governing Body Staff Lead: Shirley Smears Governor Lead: Colin Breathwick Review Process: Annually Location: R:\SMT\Policies Date of Next Review: May 2014 [1]

2 INDEX SECTION A: INTRODUCTION Page 3 LEGISLATION Page 3 AIMS Page 4 SECTION B: PROVIDING A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT Page 5 SAFER RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION Page 5 WHISTLE BLOWING Page 5 SAFER WORKING PRACTICE Page 5 HEALTH AND SAFETY Page 6 FIRE DRILL Page 6 FIRST AID Page 7 SITE SECURITY Page 7 ATTENDANCE Page 8 SECTION C: SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS Page 9 STAYING SAFE Page 9 INTERNET / E SAFETY Page 9 PHOTOGRAPHING AND VIDEOING STUDENTS IN SCHOOL Page 10 CHILD PROTECTION Page 10 ANTI-BULLYING AND TOLERANCE Page 11 BEHAVIOUR Page 11 SECTION D: POLICY REVIEW Page 12 [2]

3 SECTION A INTRODUCTION LEGISLATION This policy is in line with: Department for Education - Working Together To Safeguard Children, March 2013 (Guidance). Available at: OFSTED - Safeguarding in schools: best practice, September Available at: Department for education - Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education issued January 2007 (currently being reviewed by Department For Education, March 2013). Available at: gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationdetail/page1/dfes Relevant sections of the Children Act Available at: Southend, Essex & Thurrock Child Protection (SET) Procedures Available at: pdf It also pays regard to: Department of Education - Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff- Guidance for Local Authorities, Head Teachers, School Staff, Governing Bodies and Proprietors of Independent Schools October Available at: ober% pdf Essex safeguarding Board School Safeguarding Audit Tool px Essex County Council Best Practice Checklist Produced by NE Stay Safe Group for all school. Available at: Useful information on the Essex Primary Heads website at: [3]

4 Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by the Department for Education as: Protecting children from maltreatment Preventing impairment of children s health or development Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. This school Safeguarding Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers, working in or on behalf of the school and is an over arching document which demonstrates how everyone working in or for our school, shares an objective to help keep students safe from harm and abuse. The Billericay School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. AIMS We aim to: Provide a safe environment in which our students feel, and are, safe at all times. Ensure that all stakeholders are safe and feel that they are able to put the welfare of the children first, without concern that there will be any negative consequences attached to their actions. Ensure that all adults who have contact with children in school have been properly vetted and cleared as suitable to work and support children in our care/charge. Ensure that all adults who have contact with children in school have been trained to undertake their safeguarding responsibilities effectively. [4]

5 SECTION B PROVIDING A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT SAFER RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION The school Recruitment & Selection Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mrs J Moore. Policy last reviewed: April 2013 Staff member responsible for maintaining the Central Record is: Miss T. Salmons. WHISTLE BLOWING All members of staff have the right and individual responsibility to raise any matters of concern regarding poor practice at work. They are responsible for the welfare and safety of those they care for on the school s behalf and this comes above and before feelings of loyalty towards colleagues. It is a means whereby staff have the immediate opportunity to express their concerns regarding poor practice at work to the Whistle blowing guidelines are written for staff to: Encourage them to take action if they have a reasonable suspicion of serious poor practice at work or have been informed about serious poor practice by students. Reassure them that they will be both protected and supported if they whistle blow in line with these guidelines; they are written to reduce worries of reprisals. The school Code of Conduct & Whistle-Blowing Policy outlines our expectations and procedures for staff. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mrs S Smears Policy last reviewed: April 2013 by SMS SAFER WORKING PRACTICE Safe working practice ensures that students are safe and that all staff, volunteers and governors are: Responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct that would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions. Work in an open and transparent way. Work with other colleagues where possible in situations open to question. [5]

6 Discuss and/or take advice from school management over any incident which may give rise to concern. Record any incident or decisions made. Apply the same professional standards regardless of gender, race, disability or sexuality. Be aware of confidentiality policy. Are aware that breaches of the law and other professional guidelines could result in criminal or disciplinary action being taken against them. HEALTH AND SAFETY The health and safety of students, staff and visitors is of paramount importance and the school has a range of policies and procedures in place to ensure that the school site and environment are safe. The school Health & Safety Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mr P. Berry. Policy last reviewed: June 2013 in process The Headteacher, with the staff member with responsibility for health and safety, the Head of Facilities and a governor with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee the policy. Any concerns from staff, volunteers, governors or students are reported to any of the above and the site supervisor carries out an initial examination, assessing what remedial action needs to take place. The senior member of staff with responsibility for health & safety in school is: Mr P Berry. The Head of Facilities is: Mr P James. The Designated Governor for health & safety is:? There is a critical incidents plan that outlines our procedures in the case of a critical incident. The Headteacher, Mrs S Hammond is responsible for this plan. FIRE DRILL Each term there is a fire drill that practices efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual fire risk assessment. The school Fire Procedures outline our current procedures. The senior member of staff with responsibility for health & safety in school is: Mr C Darley. [6]

7 FIRST AID The school has a medical room which is staffed during normal school hours by staff trained in first aid. There is a defibrillator available in the medical room. The members of staff in charge of the medical room are: Mrs C Henney & Mrs J Constance. Other members of staff trained in first aid procedures include all PE staff, all Duke of Edinburgh leaders and members of the Pastoral Support Team. When a student or adult is unwell or has suffered an accident in school or on the school grounds, the following steps are followed: A trained first aider is immediately called to provide assistance and advice. The incident/accident is logged in the incident/accident book. The parent / guardian / or other appropriate adult is notified of the incident/accident as soon as necessary. The Local Authority Health and Safety Team and/or the Health and Safety Executive are notified of the incident/accident where there is a statutory duty to do so. SITE SECURITY We aim to provide a secure school site but recognise that 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. It is recognised that laxity can cause potential problems to safeguarding. Therefore, the school ensures that: With the exception of the main gates, all gates are locked during normal school hours. CCTV is in operation at various points around the school site. Visitors are requested to enter the school through the main entrance and must sign in at the office. All visitors are given, and asked to wear, a visitor badge. All staff and the sixth form students wear an identity badge during school hours. Members of staff are on duty at various points around the site during break and lunch times, in accordance with an agreed timetable. Students in Years 7-9 are only allowed to leave the school site with parents/carers with parental responsibility. They must sign out at Student Services before they leave and meet their parent/carer in Main Reception unless other arrangements have been agreed in advance. They must sign back in at Student Services upon their return. Students in Years 10 & 11 are only allowed to leave the school site with the permission of confirmed permission has been received in advance. They must sign out at Student Services before they leave and must sign back in at Student Services upon their return. Adults and 6 th Form students are expected to sign out at the Main Reception before leaving and upon their return. If students in years 7-11 are found to have left the school site without permission, parents or an alternative adult contact are notified immediately by a member of Student Services. [7]

8 ATTENDANCE The school monitors the attendance of students closely. The school Attendance Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mrs S. Smears Policy last reviewed: May 2013 Electronic registers are taken by teaching staff at the beginning of every lesson, via SIMS Lesson Monitor. Absences are noted by Student Services via the Attendance Answerphone and the absence of any student in Years 7 & 8, any Child Looked After or any other student known to be vulnerable, for which we have received no notification, is followed-up by the administrative assistant responsible for attendance Mrs M. Toomey on a First Day Call system. All reasons for absence received via the answerphone are recorded electronically via SIMS. Reasons for absence are recorded on the SIMS system upon the student s return via a parental / carer note in the school planner; the reason is logged in SIMS. Student attendance is monitored regularly by those members of staff with responsibility for attendance and action taken where concerns are raised. The senior designated staff for attendance in school are: Mrs S Smears & Mrs K. Cooper. The School Attendance Officer is: Mrs D. Griffiths. [8]

9 SECTION C SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS STAYING SAFE The school is committed to ensuring that students are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe. Our Personal Development Programme provides students with the opportunity to consider all aspects of their own health and safety and what steps they can and should take to stay safe. The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two ways. Firstly, in subjects such as Personal Development, relevant discussions around related issues take place with the students. Topics include themes such as Drugs, Alcohol, Sex and Relationships, Stranger Danger, and esafety issues. Students are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues. Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within subjects are discussed and safe practices explained; for example, the safe use of tools and equipment in DT and PE lessons. When the curriculum is being delivered outside of the school site, appropriate and agreed student/adult ratios are always maintained. The lead adult always risk assesses visits and trips to ensure students are safeguarded and protected from harm before the event is finally authorised by the School Educational Visits Coordinator. The senior member of staff with responsibility for trips in our school is: Mr P Berry. The PD Curriculum Schemes of Work for Years 7-11 and the Sixth Form Studies Schemes of Work for Years 12& 13 outline the specific content covered. INTERNET / E-SAFETY Children are encouraged to use the Internet for educational purposes in school, but at all times in a safe way. Parents are asked to give permission for their children to use the Internet on entry to the school. Parents, students and staff must sign an appropriate usage form to ensure that they understand the risks and sanctions relating to misuse of the system in and beyond the school. If staff become aware of inappropriate use of the Internet by a teacher, staff member, volunteer or student, the issue is reported to the Headteacher immediately; the Headteacher has overall responsibility for Internet safety within the school. The E-Safety and ICT Policy: Student use of Information and Communication Technology Facilities outlines our procedures for ensuring students are able to access the Internet safely in school. The policy also offers guidance to parents on e-safety at home. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mr C. Darley. Policy last reviewed:? [9]

10 All students in our school are made aware, as part of their induction process, where and how to report any concerns they have about their personal health and safety, or that of others about whom they may be concerned. Students are encouraged to speak to their form tutor, Head of House or a member of the Pastoral Support Team in the first instance, but have open access to all members of the senior leadership team and their subject teachers if they prefer. Whichever member of staff a student turns to, that member of staff will reassure them that they have been listened to and will pass the concern to the designated teacher for child protection (if there are concerns of serious harm) or the appropriate member of the pastoral team. The school bans mobile phones on site. The reason for this relates not only to the disruption that mobile electronic devices can cause to lessons, but also because of the risk of theft and the reduced incidence of cyber-bullying in a phone-free environment. If a student is found in possession of a phone during registration or periods one to four, the phone is confiscated and locked in the safe in Student Services for collection at the end of the school day. Phones confiscated during lunchtimes or period 5 are confiscated and secured in the same way, but are not available for collection until the end of the following school day. PHOTOGRAPHING AND VIDEOING OF STUDENTS IN SCHOOL The school try to take a sensible and balanced approach to photographing and videoing children on the school site. The school obtains parental permission to use photographs and videos of students taken in school and on school trips to be used in promotional materials and in-school displays. Photographs or videos of students taken by a third party for their promotional use require additional parental permission to be gained by the third party themselves. CHILD PROTECTION The school pays full regard to the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) Guidelines, the SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) Child Protection Procedures (2007), a copy of which is available at The school Child Protection Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mrs S. Smears. Policy last reviewed: May 2013 The Senior Designated Person for child protection in school is: Mrs S Smears. The deputy Senior Designated Person for child protection in school is: Mrs C Somerville. The Designated Governor for child protection in school is: Mrs D Knight. The school ensures that all members of staff with designated responsibility for child protection receive statutory training at the required intervals. All other members of school staff, including non-teaching staff and governors undertake annual in-house training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively. [10]

11 ANTI-BULLYING AND TOLERANCE The school s response to this is unequivocal; action will be taken immediately any form of bullying or harassment is reported or noted. Although bullying in the school is rare, the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. All students are made aware of the forms that bullying and inappropriate behaviour can take through the PD curriculum and have a hierarchy of adults within the school that they are able to approach if they are suffering any form of bullying, intolerance or harassment of any kind. The PD curriculum is explicit in its coverage of prejudice (gender, sexual, racial, disability etc.) and human rights and encourages students to actively consider and debate these issues. The topics are also considered both explicitly and implicitly as part of the citizenship schemes of work in other subject areas. The school Anti-Bullying Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mr J. Macbeth? Policy last reviewed: May 2013 The school Equality Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mrs C Berry Policy last reviewed: July 2013 BEHAVIOUR The school has high expectations in relation to student behaviour in and around school. There are clear expectations of the behaviour required in lessons, during social times and when travelling to and from school. The school Behaviour Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mr J. Macbeth Policy last reviewed: May 2013 The school also has high expectations in relation to uniform. The school Uniform Policy outlines our current procedures and principles. Senior staff member responsible for this policy: Mrs S. Smears Policy last reviewed: October 2012 [11]

12 SECTION D REVIEW OF POLICY POLICY REVIEW This policy document will be reviewed by the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body on an annual basis to ensure it is up to date with current legislation and best practice. Next review due: May 2014 [12]

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