Keeping Your Child Safe

There are lots of policies and procedures at Horspath School which we follow to keep your child as safe as possible during the school day including those for:

  • Training staff in recognising signs of abuse in children and what to do about it
  • Controlling public access to the school during the school day
  • Keeping the school buildings, playground and playing field as safe as we can.
  • Training staff in First Aid, Fire Safety, Managing Risk and Coordinating Trips
  • Teaching children how to behave towards others and how to play safely

Child Protection

Our Child Protection Policy can be found here:

This is what we do:

  • Sadly, there are many children in this country who are abused either physically, emotionally, sexually or through neglect. Staff in this school are trained to recognise signs of possible abuse and it is important for staff to be curious and to ask children about any injuries they may have, or to notice changes in behaviour.
  • We may contact a child’s parents to ask them about anything that we think is unusual.
  • Sometimes we may ask for advice from social services, the county safeguarding team or from the police.
  • School governors make sure that the school has the right policies and that the policies are being followed.

You can help us by:

  • Understanding that if we contact you about an injury or change in behaviour with your child that we are doing it because we care about your son or daughter’s well-being .
  • Letting us know if you have concerns about your child or someone else’s child.
  • Talking to your child about keeping themselves safe and who to talk to if they are worried.

Here are some helpful links, leaflets and phone numbers:

  • NSPCC
  • Internet Matters – online safety advice
  • NSPCC (for adults), telephone: 0808 800 5000
  • ChildLine (for children and young people) Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
  • Information on spotting what are signs of abuse and what is normal sexual development can be found here : age 5-11, under 5

Safeguarding

Our policies on safeguarding can be found here:

This is what we do:

  • We limit access to the school site during the school day. Visitors are signed in at reception and wear a visitor’s badge. To check this policy works we ask staff and children to challenge anyone they don’t know in school who isn’t wearing a visitor’s badge.
  • All staff have a thorough vetting procedure before they are appointed, including reference checks and DBS (Data Barring Service) checks.
  • We teach children about how to keep themselves safe on line and we use a broadband filter to protect children from unsuitable internet content.
  • The school governors monitor our recruitment procedures, our record of safeguarding checks on staff and they talk to children and staff to make sure everyone knows about safeguarding.

You can help us by:

  • Reporting to reception if you are staying on the school site once the playground gates are locked at the start of the day.
    Letting us know if someone new is collecting your child at the end of the day.
  • Following the rules on taking video and photos during family assemblies and school plays etc.
  • Ensuring that computers at home have appropriate filters and security for children.

 

Health and Safety

Our Health and Safety and Educational Visits Policies can be found here:

This is what we do:

  • We keep our policies and procedures around fire safety, electrical safety and water hygiene up to date. We carry out checks on school equipment and the school site to keep it as safe as possible.
  • We train all of our staff in basic first aid and some of our staff to a higher standard.
  • Risk assessments are carried out for any activities that might cause harm and we minimise the risks as much as we can, this could be anything from ringing the playground bell to a science experiment using a lit candle.
  • We plan off site trips carefully to make sure the children are as safe as possible while we are out.
  • The school governors take part in the annual H&S audit carried out on the school by the county council, and they check that we take any action that is recommended by the audit.

You can help us by:

  • Letting us know if you spot something unsafe around the school.
  • Understanding that, although we try to minimise risks, accidents do happen and children do get injured from time to time.
  • Helping us out with a few minor caretaking duties when the need arises. We don’t have a caretaker and sometimes we have lots of little jobs that need the attention of someone “handy”!

Bullying

Our Anti Bullying, Behaviour Management Policies and Equality Policies can be found here:

This is what we do:

  • We teach the children about treating each other with respect. We have clear rules for the children to follow, reward systems to reinforce good behaviour and sanctions when children choose to be unkind to others.
  • We also teach the children about bullying, the effects of bullying and what to do if they are bullied.
  • If bullying is reported to us we deal with it by following the steps in the Antibullying policy.
  • The school governors are informed about incidents of bullying and monitor the effectiveness of our behaviour policy.

You can help us by:

  • Letting us know as soon as you can if you are concerned that your child is being bullied, we will do our best to sort things out and the quicker we know about it the easier it is. Although it is understandable that you might want to confront the child accused of bullying or their parents, please leave it to us to deal with.
  • Recognising that, as much as we would like to, we can’t change children’s behaviour overnight, it sometimes takes time.
  • Recognising that bullying is sustained and intentionally hurtful: not all incidents of unkind behaviour between children are bullying.

Here are some helpful links: