“To Keep children safe in education you have to allow yourself to think the unthinkable.”
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2021/22 – Roles & Responsibilities
Designated Safeguarding Leads –
Deirdre McNeill, Bill James, Mary Geen, Joan van Zyl
Responsible Person for First Aid – Helen Thompson
Paediatric First Aid – Rachel Nash and Emma Lally
First Aid at work – Helen Thompson
First aid at school – all staff (Jan 2021/April 2021)
Fire Officer – Neil Biggs
Risk Assessor – Neil Biggs
Designated teacher for looked after children – Deirdre McNeill
Common Assessment Framework Completer – Bill James
Safer Recruitment, Qualified Staff:
Campbell McCafferty CBE
Health & Safety Governor/Director
Col Dave Kenny OBE
Mental Health Lead:
Mrs Lauren Williams
Safeguarding and Child Protection:
At St Joseph’s we understand that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. All members of staff, including teaching and support staff receive annual safeguarding training and updates throughout the year as needed. This covers all areas in the DFE document, ‘Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2021‘ (updated September 2021) – including the Prevent Strategy, FGM, mental health, up skirting, Peer on peer abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation. Deirdre McNeill is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and attends regular training to keep up to date with all issues relating to child protection and safeguarding. The School has tight procedures that record issues that relate to child protection and safeguarding. We work with an array of agencies including Children’s Services, the School Nurse, Early Help (FSS) and the police. Additional updates and training are given to staff as needed throughout the year. Bill James acts as the DSL in Deirdre McNeill’s absence. The named Safeguarding Governor/ Director is Jane Whittle.
Training for Pupils:
The children are taught about safeguarding through our PHSE curriculum. This covers topics like online safety and safety inside and outside school, for more details please see our curriculum map. We also have a safeguarding and anti- bullying week every November. In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, our SENCO is trained as the Mental Health Lead for the school.
All members on the school staff have to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service ) in order to work in school. This is regardless of the employee’s role so that cleaners, admin staff as well as teachers must all be checked. In addition all volunteers and anybody else who has regular contact with children are checked. Visitors to the school either provide their own DBS on arrival or are members of professional bodies who are registered by their employer, such as OFSTED inspectors or Local Authority Employees who have a DBS through their own professional body. Any one off visitor, such as a visiting author either provides their own DBS or signs one of the school’s Occasional Visitors’ forms. Parents who help out occasionally on school trips or provide lifts for sporting events sign a Occasional Visitors’ form. On entry all visitors have to sign in using our electronic system.
All areas of the school undergo biannual risk assessments by the school’s qualified risk assessor. This means that whist we cannot remove risk we have looked at ways of minimising that risk. These risk assessments are undertaken on areas such as classrooms, halls, playground and the car park. We carry out risk assessments for all school trips including our annual Year 4 residential trips and Year 6 trip to France. The format of these risk assessments were revised in summer term 2020.
In addition risk assessments are undertaken on special events that might occur in the school such as the Year 5 sleepover. During previous inclement weather (snow), we undertook a risk assessment before we re opened the school. Playground equipment is annually inspected by Wicksteed and our PE equipment is annually inspected by Universal Services. We have a separate Covid- 19 risk assessment which is regularly updated.
Access to the campus, both for vehicles and pedestrians is via security gates. Staff have access to both gates by key fob. Visitors can only gain access by gate release authorised by Office staff. Access to the external doors where we have classrooms are by key fob. All fire exits are either twist lock or bar push exits. We have installed a ‘lockdown system’ in the event of a bomb or terrorism threat.
The school has an Internet Security Policy to help children stay safe online. This is supported by a training programme for children, information sessions for parents and regular updates via our communications. The school system is “fire wall” protected so that inappropriate material can not be accessed by pupils or staff. All staff are annually trained on internet safety. This is in line with the DfE document Teaching online safety in schools’ (2019).
Neil Biggs is the School’s Fire Officer and he carries our regular checks such as on emergency lighting. Each term we have a fire drill and the results are recorded in the School’s Fire Manual. All teaching staff are trained in the use of fire extinguishers.
Helen Thompson is our responsible person for first aid and takes charge in emergency situations. (Bill James in her absence) We have 2 qualified paediatric first aiders on the school site and a list of qualified first aiders is displayed at all first aid stations. There are first aid stations in all school buildings and school halls. All staff are First Aid trained and qualifications are renewed every three years. This includes EpiPen training.
Health & Safety:
Dave Kenny OBE is the Director/Governor representative are for health & safety in the school. He carries out termly health & safety inspections on all areas of the school. Ray West is our outside consultant.
The school has an Equality policy that monitors any possible discrimination in the school in relation to any of the nine protected characteristics (Equality Act 2010). The Governing Body is reported to annually on the effectiveness of the policy. The School also makes annual returns on any racist incidents.
The school conducts a regular pupils’ survey with questions that directly relate to how safe pupils feel. In the summer of 2021, 100% of KS1 and over 80% of pupils said they felt safe at school.
The School has an annual cycle of review and we are always looking for ways of improving our safeguarding procedures. If you have any comments or suggestions please jot them down and hand them to the office or ask to speak to Bill James or Deirdre McNeill.
St. Joseph’s is working with NSPCC on the Underwear Rule – a simple child friendly way of staying safe!
For more information click on the links below:
If you would like some advice on how to keep you child safe on line please see:
Thinking of leaving your child at home?
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OTHER USEFUL SITES:
CHILDLINE: Telephone: 08001111
PACE: (Parents against child exploitation) Tel: 0113 240 3040
ONE IN FOUR: (Advocacy service, counselling service and information service for those who have experiences sexual abuse.)
Updated September 2021.