SAFEGUARDING – KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN SCHOOL
Our primary concern is to ensure all children at Brook feel HAPPY and SAFE with us. If we can do this, then all of our children will be successful in their learning journey.
Sending Children Home
If your child is going home with a friend, another family member or anyone different from their normal collection person please let their class teacher or the school office know. It can save a lot of difficulties as staff can only let children leave the school with named contacts.
We ask that you always share information with us; please don’t ever feel that you are making a fuss or we don’t need to know. Even at the top end of the school, our children are only 11 years old, and we must work together and communicate effectively. This will be even more important as the dark nights draw in.
I have outlined below other ways in which we ensure our children are safe in school…
Security on the School Site
Visitors and volunteers wear visitor stickers to show they have followed the security checks at reception.
Special assemblies highlight important safety messages of ‘stranger danger’, emphasising the need for children to ‘speak out’ if they feel vulnerable in any way.
Gates and doors are locked when the children come into school for registration. Security key codes protect the children so that they can get out in an emergency but no one from the outside can enter the school building. Health & Safety checks are regularly made to ensure that systems are working effectively.
Disclosure and Barring Service Checks – DBS
Everyone who works with your children are DBS checked which means that the Criminal Bureau has checked their suitability to work with children. All the volunteers, PTFA and Governors have up to date CRB’s and the Governors check that the Single Central Record in school is accurate and comprehensive.
Every single member of staff holds a current Child Protection Training Certificate. They are trained in recognising signs of abuse and knowing what to do if they have concerns about any child in school.
All new teachers and volunteers are given an induction which includes the child protection protocols and procedures of the school.
E-Safety is fundamental in our quest to keep children safe – at home and school. Throughout the year assemblies focus upon how children should use the internet safely and the risks if children have unrestricted access to sites they are too young for. If a site has an age restriction, then it is there for the safety of all children (one social networking site has a recommended age of 13+).
The number of children who have reported incidents of ‘cyber bullying’ has increased tenfold over the last decade according to a report from ‘ChildLine’. Again, we discuss this with our children in school regularly – but the more access a child has to social networking sites- the greater the chance conversations between children can become unregulated.
It is not a school’s position to tell parents how to raise their children – we are obliged however, to advise and share concerns. The internet has so many positives but the internet can also open the door to a world our children should be protected from.
If you would like further information regarding keeping your children safe on the internet please visit: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Please read DfE ‘Advice for parents on Cyber-Bullying’
Important top tips to help children enjoy the Internet safely:
- Remember to never give out personal information (name, address, telephone number, school etc).
- Make sure they know who it is they are talking to online – real friends & family.
- Be nice to people online like you would in a playground!
- If they feel unsure or worried to always tell an adult!
The surrounding road continue to be a hazardous place for children because the parking is so congested at drop off and collection times. We all have a responsibility to keep the children safe. Please park responsibly!
Please take the time to use the ‘stop and drop’ facility if you drive your child to school. You then have the assurance that your child has arrived on school premises safely.
We will be holding ‘Road Safety’ workshop across to highlight hazards to children and encourage them to take an active role in promoting staying safe.