The protection of children is the proper concern of everyone in a position to help. As a school, we have a legal duty to educate young people in preventing harm and reporting any concerns that we may have about a child’s welfare to partner agencies. This involves creating a climate of trust so that young people feel they will be listened to and helped by an adult in our school.
Primary responsibility for the care and protection of children rests with parents, but a range of services are available to help you with this task. Parents seeking help for themselves make many referrals to other agencies. Relatives, friends and neighbours may also encourage families to seek help or directly alert authorities to children about whom they are concerned.
Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, seek their consent to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. The school will seek advice from Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later found to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are understood and adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Kineton High School:
- Promote a happy, caring and safe school
- Create an environment of trust
- Are good role models for children
- Enjoy their work and working with children
- Welcome and support visitors to school
- Work within the agreed policies to report incidents which concern them
- Encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
There are a number of policies in place to safeguard our children and they include:
Child Protection – this is a sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Kineton High school and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children and keep them free from harm. There is also a named governor for child protection. The full child protection policy can be viewed by parents on request.
Attendance – children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the School Attendance officer and in more serious cases the Education Welfare Service.
Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy– high standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know children do fall out from time to time. Where this is the case it is dealt with sensitively by an adult who gives both children time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. Children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.
Health and Safety – everyone here at Kineton High School knows they have a responsibility to ensure that children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. The school has several fully trained first aid members of staff who deal with accidents should they occur. There is a named governor responsible for health and safety.
Curriculum – through the planned curriculum we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and personal safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by the many visitors to school, eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness for children.
Safer Recruitment and Selection – this aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a CRB check and full references are acquired before a person takes up post.
Complaints – should parents have any complaints the school staff will listen to your concerns and will follow up any issues arising. There is a clear procedure in place. The headteacher will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents/carers for the benefit of the children. Remember, no problem is too small and addressing it will help prevent it from becoming a bigger issue.
We all know that children thrive better and are able to reach their full potential when school and families work closely together.