Safeguarding

Anti-Bullying Policy

The school takes active steps to prevent bullying

  • Through our programme of Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, and also through the S.E.A.L. (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) initiative, knowledge skills and attitudes are developed that help to prevent bullying.
  • Staff interact happily and positively among themselves, providing a strong role model for children.
  • School Council can provide practical information and a “child’s perspective” that informs staff in the prevention of bullying.
  • Input from external agencies (such as theatre groups) help to inform children about bullying, suggesting strategies to avoid it.
  • Staff have regular training in anti-bullying strategies
  • The school systematically commends, rewards and celebrates appropriate behaviour.

Where bullying might be happening the school takes steps to intervene and resolve any problems quickly bullying of any form is not tolerated.

Safeguarding Policy

We have clear safeguarding procedures in the school that ensure we follow local and national guidelines:

We have a clear policy on Child Protection that is communicated to all staff, volunteers and students, and there is regular updates and training.

We implement a safe recruitment and induction programme for all new staff, volunteers and trainees that includes appropriate information, training, observation and mentoring.

We implement a Code of Conduct for all staff, volunteers and trainees that gives clear guidance regarding appropriate behaviour at work.

We create a culture that is visibly intolerant of abuse i.e. a ‘safer school culture’.

We ensure that the curriculum gives pupils opportunities to explore what is meant by a ‘safer school culture’.

We have a range of policies that comprise the school’s Safeguarding Procedures.

Dealing with children in sensitive circumstances

In a primary school with pupils aged from 4 to 11 there will inevitably be situations where children have to be changed following soiling or spillages.

Guidelines:

  1. The child should be treated sensitively and in private with two adults being present.
  2. The child’s teacher will always be informed.
  3. A brief note using initials and date should be made in the accident book e.g. child (use initials) soiled – changed (name of other adult/teacher) informed. Signed and Dated.

Rules for Safe Use of the Internet.

  1. A list of agreed rules will be displayed in appropriate locations around the school and a copy given to each member of staff.
  2. These rules will be shared with pupils to ensure they understand the importance of these rules.
  3. Should any pupil not keep to these rules, their access to and use of the Internet will be restricted.
  4. Staff will teach the children how to use these rules through the curriculum.
  5. Pupils and staff will report any material they consider offensive to the ICT coordinator or headteacher. The safety filter (operated by South Gloucestershire. Council) will then be adjusted accordingly.
  6. Pupils in Key Stage One will be given access to specific websites only.
  7. Pupils in Key Stage Two will conduct focussed searches using safe search engines.
  8. All children will be supervised by an adult when using the Internet.
  9. Any email correspondence that the children are engaged in will be prearranged by the class teacher. The school will use a secure Email system.
  10. Pupils may not access personal email addresses from the school system.

The ICT coordinator and technician will ensure that adequate virus protection is in place throughout the school site