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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Guide 

for 

School Visitors & Volunteers

 

Welcome to Larkrise Primary  School 

 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. As such we expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this common commitment. This leaflet contains information about our expectations of you whilst visiting the school. It gives information about our Safeguarding and Emergency Procedures. Please keep the leaflet in a safe place so that you can read it again if you need to. 

 

We hope you enjoy your time at our school

 

Keeping ourselves safe 

  • All visitors must sign in at Reception on arrival.
  • Visitors will be issued with a badge that must be worn and visible at all times. 
  • Visitors are asked to read this leaflet in full on arrival on their first visit 
  • Visitors should remain in Reception until under the supervision of a designated member of staff. 
  • Mobile phones are not to be used whilst on the school site.
  • Photographs are not to be taken unless by prior agreement. 
  • Be a good role model to our children by being respectful, fair and considerate of others.
  • Remember children may interpret your words/actions differently. 
  • Report to staff any unacceptable behaviour.
  • When working with a child(ren) ensure you are visible to others. 
  • All visitors must sign out at Reception 


Regular Volunteers

  • Volunteers must sign in at Reception 
  • Volunteers must sign out at Reception 

Our regular volunteers, staff and governors have a valid DBS check and wear an identity badge.

If you feel that a child may be at risk of harm but are not sure, then inform one of the Safeguarding team immediately. They will offer advice and take appropriate action. 

 

Child abuse can happen to any child regardless of elements such as gender, culture, religion, social background ability or disability. 

 

A copy of the school's Safeguarding policy is located in the school office, room for big ideas and on our website. 

 

Types of harm

We all have a responsibility to keep children (under the age of 18) safe, both at home and in school. Harm is identified in four ways: 

 

Physical - when a child is deliberately hurt or injured. Sexual - when a child is influenced or forced to take part in a sexual activity. This can also be an activity such as being made to look at inappropriate images. Emotional - when a child is made to feel frightened, worthless or unloved. It can be by shouting, using threats or making fun of someone. It can also be when children see their parents, or visitors to the home, fighting or using violence. 

Neglect - when a child is not being taken care of by their parents/ guardians. It can be poor hygiene, poor diet, not keeping appointments for additional support, not coming to school and being left home alone. 

 

REMEMBER...if in doubt...ask

Please do not leave our school without telling someone or doing something. 

 

If a child discloses they might be subject to abuse: 

  • React calmly
  • Listen carefully to the child, particularly what is said spontaneously. 
  • Do not promise confidentiality. Explain to the child that you must pass on the information if you are worried about their safety. 
  • Do not ask leading questions or make judgements. Clarify and check your concern if  you feel that you are not sure, by using, for  example, ”TED tell (T), explain 

         (E), describe (D)”  but as soon as you believe that there might be a genuine issue, ask no further questions. This would compromise further enquiries. Only   

  trained investigators should question a child. 

  •  Reassure the child that they are doing the right thing. 
  • Record carefully, what the child says in their own words including how and when the account was given. This must then be dated and signed and immediately  passed to one of the Safeguarding Team: Who will take action as well as upload the concern to CPOMS.

 

Staff Conduct 

If you are concerned about the conduct of a member of staff, following observation or disclosure, the following actions must be taken: 

  • Immediately inform the Headteacher. 
  • In their absence, immediately inform the Deputy Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher.
  • If you are concerned about the conduct of the Headteacher please contact the chair of governors by asking the school office for contact details.

Fire/Emergency Procedures 

Any person discovering a fire must: 

  • Operate the nearest fire alarm. 

 

On hearing the fire signal: 

  • When in class the order to evacuate will be given by the teacher, who will indicate the route to be followed. 
  • When not in class form a single file and move by the most direct route to the place of assembly (See fire assembly point posters around the building
  • At all times act quietly and calmly. 
  • Do not stop to collect your personal belongings. 
 

First Aid 

If you or a child requires first aid assistance when in school please contact one of the first aid team via the school office.

 

Critical Incident  Plan in event of an intruder

Any person discovering an intruder on the school grounds should immediately make the Headteacher aware. 

 

The Headteacher will make the decision to contact the Police and instigate the lockdown procedure.

Do not attempt to engage with the intruder 

 

Once aware of an intruder alert ‘Mrs Jones is Ill’ follow the in-class procedures:

Pull down blinds - Lock External Doors - Move children to the carpet areas (Yr5 & 6 remain at desks) - Remain calm and reassure children

 

If you are not in a classroom:

Remain calm - Reassure all children whilst escorting them to the nearest classroom – once in the classroom follow the in-class procedures.

 

If you are at the forest school site:

Follow instructions given on the walkie talkie.

 

If the intruder is in the school building and you the intruder alert ‘Mrs Jones has gone to hospital’ follow the above in class procedures: and in addition:

If possible, lock any external doors - children in Yr2 to 6 hide under desks.

 

If you are not in a classroom but inside:

Remain calm - follow instructions of senior staff and which is likely to stay where you are or move to a safer place.

 

If you are at the forest school site:

Follow instructions given on the walkie talkie.

 

 

 

 

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