Glasshoughton Infant Academy
Designated Safeguarding Lead/Prevent Lead – Mrs A Walker
Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs H Lane
Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs C Wilson
Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Mrs C Ellis
Safeguarding Governor – Miss K Law
Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy. School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors, volunteers and visitors. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Glasshoughton Infant Academy:-
There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:
This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Glasshoughton Infant Academy and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There is also a named governor for safeguarding.
The School Councilors have created a Children’s Safeguarding Policy that has been shared in class and sent home to parents so everyone in our school community knows how to keep themselves and others safe.
Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Family Mentor and in more serious cases the Education Welfare Officer. We operate a First Day response telephone checking procedure in the event of families not informing us of a reason for their child’s absence.
High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe. Our Anti Bullying policy, Single Equality policy, Sex and Relationships and Send policy promote positive relationships and respect.
Everyone at Glasshoughton Infant Academy know they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. All staff are first-aiders and can deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur. Our Governor Health and Safety Team carry out inspections at least twice a year with the Headteacher and caretaker. Risk assessments are in place for all aspects of the schools work and learning environments. Ongoing monitoring of the school site, practices and procedures ensure this is a safe school for all.
Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. Our curriculum, ethos and aims is grounded in a strong recognition of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils. We use a range of teaching materials and strategies including the PSHE association materials for PSHE and RSHE learning. These aspects are enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people, bullying, disability and drugs awareness.
The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. Our curriculum enables pupils to make informed decisions when using information technology and our User policies and leaflets provide parents/carers with up to date information on keeping their child safe.
This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check. Following safer recruitment procedures, all positions are offered conditionally in the first instance, subject to completion of DBS check, references and validation of qualifications.
Glasshoughton Infant Academy aims to meet its statutory obligations when responding to complaints from parents of
pupils at the academy. This complaints procedure is not intended to replace the normal discussions regarding
problems and concerns which take place on a day to day basis.
When responding to complaints, we aim to:
• Be impartial and non-adversarial.
• Facilitate a full and fair investigation by an independent person or panel, where necessary.
• Address all the points at issue and provide an effective and prompt response.
• Respect complainants’ desire for confidentiality.
• Treat complainants with respect.
• Keep complainants informed of the progress of the complaints process.
• Consider how the complaint can feed into academy improvement evaluation processes.
The academy will try to resolve concerns or complaints by informal means wherever possible. Where this is not
possible, formal procedures will be followed.
The academy will aim to give the complainant the opportunity to complete the complaints procedure in full.
To support this, the academy will ensure we publicise the existence of this policy and make it available on the academy
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