Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfill this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
At Woodside the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupils in this school, that they are safe and feel safe at all times. Woodside Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. It expects all staff, volunteers and members of our community to share this commitment. We follow the principle as outlined in Keeping Children safe in Education (2016): Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the best interests of the child.
Our school procedure for safeguarding is in line with Buckinghamshire LA and Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection Procedures, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)
We listen to our children and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect, be aware of extremist views and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the designated persons for child protection.
Summary of our Safeguarding policies and procedures within and beyond school
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility - every day.
At Woodside Junior School the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. As parents, you send your children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure and safe environment in which they can flourish and be happy. In order to ensure that this expectation becomes reality, we put a wide range of measures in place.
Firstly, embracing our Woodside Values supports the well-being of all staff and pupils at our school. We strive for our pupils to be resilient, responsible, positive, inquisitive, collaborative and proud of their school.
Our Health and Safety Policy
The school has a health and safety policy which is monitored each term by the relevant committee of the school governors. Each term there is a fire drill that practices efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. There is also a critical incidents plan that details what staff, pupils and parents should do in the case of emergencies. The school has a health and safety working group consisting of the School Business manager, Site Manager, Chair of the Governing Body, Lead Learning Support Assistant and Deputy Headteacher. The working group meets once a term to discuss all aspects of health and safety and conducts health and safety walks around the school. Our last health and safety audit rated the school as 'outstanding.'
We do not want parents to feel remote from school, unable to come in and talk to us, as our relationship with you is important to us. However, we feel that the systems for access into school need to be consistently adhered to. We are asking for your help in this area and thank you in advance for your support. Staffs are happy to make themselves available on the playground at the beginning and at the end of the day if you want to have a quick conversation with them. However if this is not your preference we ask that you make an appointment at a time mutually convenient to both of you. The reception desk will be happy to arrange this for you.
We are asking that you support the normal teaching day by not entering the school building from the playground as this would mean we would not know who is in the building and this has huge safety implications for the school. Staff on duty will direct you to the main school office.
Parents/Carers can come into the reception office via the main school entrance at any point during the school day to have their questions answered, to seek further information or to make an appointment with a member of staff. If parents are in the school building during the timetabled school day we expect them to be wearing a visitors’ badge, which they have collected for reception, having firstly signed in (red if a person does not have a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and green if a person has a valid DBS certificate). If you need to collect a child during school, we ask you to collect them from the office and sign them out. Children will only be allowed home with adults with parental responsibility or confirmed permission. If children arrive at school after 8.50 a.m. parents should bring them to the reception office via the main school entrance so that they can be registered and taken to class. All school gates will be closed as soon as the classes have entered the building to be reopened at around 3:15 p.m.
Disclosure and Barring Serve checks
All staff employed by the local authority have a DBS check. Our policy is that this will be reviewed on a 5 yearly cycle (including governors and volunteers). Volunteers that come into school for any reason must also have DBS clearance for extended contact with children. The office has the forms which need to be completed. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will not be left alone with a child or group of children.
We do allow parents to take photos and short videos of their children when involved in a school production or assembly. Parents are asked to understand photos/video clips are for family memorabilia only and not to be published on social media sites. Upon entry to school parents consent to the school taking photographs/ local press taking photographs etc is obtained.
At Woodside Junior School we try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all are considered equal in the learning partnership that exists. When children have special educational needs, we work with the parents/carers to ensure that we make every reasonable effort to meet their child’s needs. Woodside is an inclusive school.
Sharing information with other schools
Any Child Protection information is transferred as soon as possible to the new school but it is kept separately from the main pupil file. It is important to transfer this information to prevent harm to a child. Parental consent is not required to transfer Information. Primary schools are required to keep Child Protection records of any concerns generated by the school. .
Although it is the duty of the previous school to transfer the data, it is important that when schools admit children, they should contact the previous school to check whether there are Child Protection records.
When children are suffering or may be at risk of suffering significant harm, concerns must always be raised with the First Response Team (0845 460 0001). Additionally, Woodside school has a duty of care to share information with other agencies where they have safeguarding concerns. When the school feels that a referral should be made to social care, they should discuss the matter with parents/carers except when to do so might place a child at increased risk of harm.
All Child Protection records are kept in a locked and secure place.
Safeguarding in the Curriculum.
In school we deal with safeguarding in different ways. In Personal, Social and Health Education and assemblies, children have opportunities to discuss relevant issues such as relationships, relationships, ‘stranger danger’, ‘racism, bullying and e-safety. –all age appropriate. During other lessons safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taking out of school appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are finally authorised by the Headteacher.
Children can spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks such cyber bullying, sexting or seeing content that’s inappropriate. That’s why it’s important for them to know how to stay safe online. Cyber bullying (and recently sexting) is an area along with other safeguarding issues arising within schools nationally which requires our full attention. e.g. dangers of social networking sites, how to handle on-line bullying, dangers of abuse/grooming, sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism.
Woodside pupils are routinely educated about how to stay safe through regular e-safety assemblies and lessons. The school also runs workshops for parents and pupils that explore internet safety.The NSPCC web-site offers lots of advice and tools that you can use to keep your child safe whenever they go online.
Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy
Good behaviour is expected at Woodside School and we have high expectations of all pupils. Although the emphasis is always on the positive, there are times when children have to be disciplined in order to maintain the safety and security of all children. Please refer to our Behaviour Policy for any further guidance.
At Woodside our pupils understand the definition of bullying: ‘A systematic and extended victimisation of a person or group, by another or group of others.’ Although bullying in this school is rare, the school always acts quickly with a process of investigation, communication and action. Please refer to the school's Anti-Bullying Policy for further guidance.