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Safeguarding

At Jarvis Brook the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our children is a high priority. Parents and carers send their children to our school each day, trusting us to provide a secure environment in which their children will flourish. 


In order to do this, a wide range of measures are put in place: 


Health and Safety Policy 
  • The school has a health and safety policy which is monitored regularly. The policy is created in line with East Sussex County Council regulations and recommendations and they conduct health and safety audits to ensure good practice is in place. This policy is reviewed annually. 
  • Any health and safety concerns from staff or parents are reported to the Headteacher who immediately makes an initial examination of the issue/situation, assessing if there any immediate action that need to take place. If any further action(s) is/are required, this is then put in place/reported on. 
  • There are regular fire drills that practise efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. 
  • There is a critical incident plan that details what will happen in the case of emergencies. 
  • Risk assessments are in place for curriculum activities and all educational visits. 



First Aid Policy and Practice 

  • At Jarvis Brook there are key trained members of staff who oversee first aid, including play times and lunchtimes. 
  • When a child is unwell or has had an accident in school or on the playground there is a protocol for staff to follow: 
      • A first aider is consulted. 
      • For head injuries a bumped head sticker is issued and parents are informed at the end of the day. 
      • All first aid treatment is documented and copies are kept in the school office 
      • If there is any doubt at all about a child's well-being, a parent is contacted by a member of staff. 
      • In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting parents. 
  • For children with specific medical needs, a medical health care plan is produced with parents to ensure the individual needs of the child are met. 



Administering Medicines 

  • There are strict guidelines for administering medicines in school and we always need parents to complete a consent form. Ideally any medication should be prescribed in dose frequencies which enables it to be taken outside the school day. However if the dosage exceeds this, parents will need to complete a consent form. Please note: only prescribed medicines will be given in school. 



Site Security at Jarvis Brook 

  • Jarvis Brook provides a secure site which is controlled by clear routines and procedures. The site is only as secure as the people who use it and the whole school community, including parents/carers, are vital in maintaining this. Our children are also members of the whole school community and we encourage them to tell us about any concerns. 
  • To ensure security: 
      • Gates are locked except at the start and end of each day. 
      • Parents do not use the school as a thoroughfare to access the school office or other classrooms
      • Visitors, volunteers and students must only enter through the main entrance and after signing in at the office window. 
      • All visitors, volunteers and students must wear visitor badges. 
      • Children will only be allowed home with adults with parental responsibility or others with confirmed permission. 
      • Children should never be allowed to leave school alone during school hours, only if collected and signed out for by an adult. 
      • The school car park is for staff only and only designated spaces can be used so that emergency vehicles can access the school grounds. 
  • We take great care to maintain a secure site around the perimeter of the school and all children are supervised at all times. In the unlikely event of a child leaving the school premises without permission, then staff have been asked never to chase after a child, but rather report immediately to a member of the leadership team. Then parents and police will be informed of the circumstances. 


Attendance 
  • Excellent attendance is expected of all children but when children are unwell parents are asked to confirm absence by telephone as soon as possible. If there is no notification before 9.30am the school office will call parents to ascertain each child's whereabouts. 
  • The school works closely with the East Sussex Attendance Team to support the children's attendance. The Headteacher regularly monitors attendance and letters are sent to parents whose child's attendance is causing concern. If any child's attendance falls below 85%, then a referral to East Sussex Attendance Team is made and this may lead to legal action being taken. 



Appointments of staff and induction of newly appointed staff 

  • All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered. 
  • The Headteacher sits on all appointments panels and has undertaken Safer Recruitment training.
  • New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices and are supported through understanding the policies and procedures which affect the health and safety of all of the school. 



Volunteers 
  • Occasional helping parents are not required to have a full DBS check but they are expected to work in either a classroom with a teacher or in an open space in view of adults, including school trips.
  • Regular volunteers are expected to have a full DBS check. 



Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 
  • The designated adults for Child Protection are Mrs Zadeh (Headteacher) and Mrs Mackenzie Bennett (acting Deputy Headteacher). The safeguarding designated member of the Interim Executive Board is Penny Gaunt. 
  • There is a detailed Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy in place. This is reviewed annually. The designated adults for Child Protection are required to have undertaken the initial designated member of staff training and subsequent refresher courses every two years. 
  • All members of staff are provided with ‘whole-school’ child protection training every three years and know the signs and symptoms of concerns, know how to respond to a child who discloses abuse and knows what to do if they are concerned about a child. 
  • All allegations of abuse or complaints about a teacher will be dealt with according the policy, initially by the Headteacher. For any complaints about the Headteacher the Chair of the Interim Executive Board should be contacted directly. 




The Curriculum 
  • The curriculum teaches children relevant issues such as Drugs and Alcohol, Sex and Relationships Road Safety and Stranger Danger education. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues together and with their teachers. We also discuss a wide range of issues around safety and wellbeing on a very regular basis in whole school assemblies. 
  • The curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices are taught, such as using equipment properly in P.E. and Design Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is being taken out of school appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. 



E-safety
  • Children should be encouraged to use the internet as much as possible but at all times in a safe way. An acceptable use policy is sent out every year to support staff, parents and children in safe online practices. 
  • If any adults or child suspects misuse the issue must be reported to the Headteacher without delay. 
  • The Headteacher has overall responsibility for E-Safety and ensures safety throughout the school. 
  • The school has a social media policy to support all adults in school in ensuring their use of social media is appropriate. 
For links to e-safety resources to support children and parents go to our E-Safety page.


Equality Policy
  • At Jarvis Brook we work to ensure that everyone is treated fairly so as to: eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between groups. 
  • All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum. 
  • When children have Special Educational Needs or Disability we work closely with parents to ensure they reach their full potential. 


Behaviour Policy
  • Excellent behaviour is essential in any community and at Jarvis Brook we have high expectations of all children. Our policy shows our strong emphasis on positive approaches as well as clear boundaries and consequences for behaviour choices that impact on the learning, safety or well being of others. 



Anti-Bullying Policy
  • At Jarvis Brook our definition of bullying is: “Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally". 
  • We do not tolerate bullying in our school community and as soon as we are aware of an issue we act promptly and effectively. Adults must be informed immediately and action will be taken. Although bullying in this school is rare the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. 



Photography and videoing
  • At Jarvis Brook we have taken a sensible and balanced approach which allows parents to photograph and video school events providing they follow certain guidelines: 
      • Parents, legal guardians, family members and friends can take images of their child and friends participating in school activities for family and personal use. 
      • Parents or legal guardians have to sign an agreement that any images they take will not be used inappropriately before they are allowed to take images during school activities. 
      • We have a policy and consent form that is sent out every year. 


Confidential Reporting (Whistleblowing)
  • If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working within the school they have a professional duty to inform the Headteacher or Interim Executive Board accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally but staff should be prepared to discuss issues in the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the highest appropriate level of confidentiality.
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