Child Protection Procedures
Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children. The designated Child Protection person in school is the Deputy Headteacher (Ms Goodwin).
Positive Handling/Physical Intervention
Alphington Primary School is committed to ensuring that all staff and adults with responsibility for children’s safety and welfare will deal with all incidents involving aggressive behaviour, and only use physical intervention as a last resort in line with Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and LA advice. If used at all it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the pupil. We will aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to pupils and staff. Several members of staff have been trained in ‘Positive Handling’
Matters of discipline are very rare and are dealt with initially by the class teacher or the ‘on duty’ member of staff. When a situation demands it, the Headteacher takes responsibility for disciplinary measures. At all times pupils are encouraged to consider and be responsible for their own actions. Our aim is to make the pupil more aware of the necessity for self-discipline, self-awareness and self control.
In case of a serious breakdown of conduct, the Headteacher always seeks to assess the situation with parents/carers. The school has a Positive Behaviour Policy, which is reviewed annually. As parents/carers, and in line with our Parents in Partnership principle, you will be asked to contribute to this policy and comment on its content.
All members of the school team, Governors, parents/carers, staff and pupils are expected to implement and abide by the Code of Conduct in the Behaviour Policy. We believe that adults are role models for behaviour in our school. If your child has a problem at school.
From time to time, in the children’s lives, events may take place that are upsetting for them. If you are able to share information about your child’s personal life with us it can be extremely useful in helping us to offer understanding and support. This will always be dealt with in the strictest confidence. If you think your child is experiencing any kind of difficulty at school, or if you have any concerns about aspects of school life, then you should talk to your child’s teacher or the Headteacher first. There is a no tolerance approach to bullying and it is dealt with immediately.