Safeguarding - What does this mean?|
Protecting children from harm is every adult's responsibility and is given the highest priority in school. When children feel safe and healthy they are able to learn and develop fully so Haverigg Primary School staff and governors strive to provide an environment and curriculum that contributes to each child's emotional and physical wellbeing in order that they can take advantage of all that school offers.
School policies are systematically updated to keep abreast of statutory guidance and changes to inform governors and staff. The same rigour is applied to training governors and staff in safeguarding and health & safety awareness.
The Safeguarding Pupils booklet summarises what we do and how you can find help in keeping children safe from harm. If you ever have any concerns about a child do not hesitate to seek advice or speak out. Investigations of serious case reviews show that many people will have a had a small piece of information or a concern that, like pieces of a jigsaw, when put together give a clear picture of what is happening. Your piece of information may be crucial to protecting a child from physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect. No-one likes to think about such things but by being vigilant and alert to the possibility means we are all better at protecting our children. If in doubt – act.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school, whether from internal sources – pupils, staff, visiting adults, governors etc. or external sources – school community, external agencies or individuals.
Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by pupils, staff, visitors or parents will always be challenged and, where appropriate, dealt with. Where misconduct by a teacher is proven, the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration. Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.
We encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils, reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.
The THINK YOU KNOW link on the front page of the website is a must visit for all parents and carers . The internet is such an amazing technology and opens up the wonderful wide world but don't be complacement about the potential risks of internet use and cyber bullying.
Be aware - even when your child is using the web and its many social media sites and online games appropriately and under superviison that they can still be open to harm via links with strangers across the world.
Ask yourself - 'I know I'm guiding and supervising my child to enter and naivigate the e-world safely but am I as sure about the people who might be connecting with him/her?' Does my child know what to do to keep safe from harm?
Cyber bullying can mean that escaping from emotional harm can be difficult so this 21st century risk is real and everyone must be vigilant. Your child is a 'Digital Native' - who is so at home with technology that it's like an extension of themselves.
Click on the THINK YOU KNOW website and work on the tasks together to make the most of safe Internet use.
At school children have the Hector icon on screen to hide any unwanted images or sites and know to report anything they feel uncomfortable about. The school server filter is set for educational use so higher risk sites are blocked such as YOUTUBE and social media sites. We do not have open access to the www. Machines are used in open spaces with staff and children around and e-safety is taught regularly.
Good behaviour is essential to be able to learn effectively and to build positive relationships. Staff support children to make good choices and learn about their rights and responsibilities. This is our whole school approach.
In school there is an expectation of high standards of personal behaviour and respect for others which we ask parents/carers to encourage and support.
Children's achievements are celebrated in a weekly Celebration Assembly . In particular one child in each class is chosen to receive a Lighthouse Award that recognises model behaviour in attitude, learning or relationships which they find very motivating and are proud to receive. It's always a difficlut to choice to make which is a signof the standard of children's behaviour week in week out. Rewards also include stickers, certificates, praise and the opportunity to share their work with other staff and children. Considerate behaviour is also noticed at any time of day using our "Marble-ous" housepoint system complete with craacking contraptions. Any child or adult can nominate someone spotted for positive behaviour at playtime and names are announced in assembly and publishedon our weekly newsletter.
At Haverigg Primary School everyone has the right to: • feel safe, cared for and respected • be able to learn to the best of his/her ability and to develop whatever skills he/she possesses • be treated equally irrespective of gender, race, physical characteristics or any other factors • learn and play with out disruption.
Everyone is expected to: • be responsible for their own behaviour • respect the rights of others. We say No to Bullying, whether verbal or physical; it has no place in our school. We ask for all parents and pupils to help us by reporting immediately any incidents so that we can deal swiftly, firmly and fairly with any bullies, involving parents if appropriate.
Attendance is consistently good at Haverigg Primary School which is so important to maintain consistency and avoid missing key learning. However we continue to monitor attendance daily and follow up all irregularities or unkown absences, no matter what, as an essential aspect of ensuring children are safe.