Ensuring the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority at Woodley School and College. We adopt rigorous processes to ensure everyone's safety from visitors, stakeholders through to the recruitment of staff. It is everyone's responsibility and we make no exceptions.
13 KEY THINGS ABOUT SAFEGUARDING
- A central record of DBS checks is kept by School and over seen by lead DSL, Head Teacher and Safeguarding Governor
- Job Descriptions are clear re Safeguarding and DBS checks
- Recruitment – it is made clear in all of our adverts that we are committed to Safeguarding and that all employees will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and rechecking as appropriate.
- Child protection level 1 training is mandatory for all staff (some staff are trained to level 2& 3 and safer recruitment).
- Interviews include Safeguarding questions e.g., anything the candidate wishes to declare in light of requirement for a DBS check and reference.
- Qualifications are verified.
- References from last school checked and any gaps in employment checked.
- All staff are DBS checked and verified.
- DBS numbers are obtained for agency and supply workers and verified.
- Supply staff must supply identification and are signed in and out of the building.
- Visitors must sign in and out of the building.
- All partner service provider’s staff are subject to the same procedures.
- All volunteers who fall under the regulated activity must complete an application form, references are taken up, and a DBS check is undertaken and verified prior to them commencing.
Below is helpful guidance for parents and visitors.
Safeguarding Information for Visitors
All staff and visitors alike have a responsibility for safeguarding our pupils. To ensure this we ask the following:
- Switch off your mobile phone/device and store it in your bag.
- Do not take pictures, videos or sound recordings of any pupils unless you have sought permission from the school
- Ensure any medication is left at reception, including non-prescription tablets
- If you are working with a child, please ensure the class teacher is aware of this, where you are working and approximately how long for
- If you are working with a child, please do so in a space that is open, or have an open door or visible by others through a window
- If you have a concern about a child please pass this on to the child’s class teacher, who will then follow our safeguarding procedures. If they are not available, please speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead – Judith Beaumont but if not available speak to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads either Adrian Sugden, Lisa Little, Rosie Thorely
- If you have a concern about another adult in school, please ask to speak to the lead Designated Safeguarding Lead – Judith Beaumont
- Always share concerns with school staff, no matter how small they may appear, and don’t keep them to yourself.
- If a child says something to you that you think could be a safeguarding concern, act as above, and if possible write down what was said immediately. Listen to the child, do not question them or promise them that it will remain confidential between the two of you.
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Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedure
- In the event of a fire alarm, all adults and children must evacuate the building by the most direct route possible and assemble in the allocated area
- All fire exits are clearly signalled
- If you are responsible for a child, lead them quickly and quietly to the area and to their class teacher
- If you are unsure of the whereabouts of a child, please report this to a member of staff immediately, ideally the child’s class teacher
- Class teachers will count their class and check for any missing children against their register
- Office staff will check the signing system for any missing adults
- A member of the Senior Management Team will allow re-entry to the building once they have declared it safe to do so
- If you discover a fire, the alarm should be sounded. There are ‘break glass’ fire alarms around the school
- Do not fight the fire unless you have been trained and it is safe to do so
- Please sign in and out and wear your visitors lanyard at all times
- The toilets for visitor use are located on the main corridor opposite the Head Teachers office.
Parent Safeguarding Leaflet
Safeguarding : Reporting concerns