Dear Parents, We would both like to offer you a very warm welcome to The Crescent Academy. This is a wonderful school and we are very proud to be Principals here. We have such polite and hardworking children and marvellous members of staff. We encourage all of our parents to become a part of our rich and welcoming family. Mr Alston and Mrs Williams
At the Crescent Academy all employees are trained so that they can totally safeguard the children of the academy. Safeguarding Level 1 is a minimum requirement and many staff have been trained beyond this in areas such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Safer Recruitment, Staying Safe Online, Domestic Violence and Attachment Disorders. We strongly believe that children:
The government has published a policy Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2016 and this school has used this in formulating its own safeguarding statement. All staff have read this document.
At Crescent it is deemed to be the responsibility of all adults to ensure that the school does its best to deliver each of the five key issues.
The Crescent Academy Safeguarding Children Statement
At Crescent the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. Crescent therefore has to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place:
The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored each term by the relevant committee of the school governors. A copy of this policy is available within 24 hours notice or can be found on the school website at www.thecrescentacademy.com
The Academy has produced a monitoring checklist, which has to be completed on a yearly basis. The Principals, staff, the Site Supervisor and the Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list. Any concerns from staff are reported to the Head Teacher and the site supervisor carries out an initial examination, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.
Each term there is a fire drill that practices efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment and Lock Down measures.
There is also a critical incidents plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.
In addition to the Health and Safety Policy there are policies regarding Food and Drink and Food and Hygiene. These determine safe practices in school and the Kitchen/ Dining Room.
In school there are always trained members of staff who volunteer to oversee first aid. There are a number of first aid kits situated around school. When a child is poorly, or has suffered an accident in school or on the playground there is a protocol for staff to follow:
The Crescent policy is that members of staff will give medicines, but it is essential that written instructions are sent in and that feedback by school is given to the parents. In the case of a pupil needing medication during the day parents are welcome to come into school to administer correct dosages. For the majority of medicines a dose before and after school is perfectly adequate and therefore school time medicines should be rare. Naturally the parents should consult doctors before giving any form of medication.
For matters of an intimate nature members of staff are informed to deal with a child with utmost sensitivity and always to seek guidance from the Principals or Assistants. In almost all situations the parents will be asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision making process for such matters. In rare circumstances the school nurse will be contacted as a matter of utmost urgency before the parent.
Crescent provides a secure site, which is controlled by precise management directives, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it. Therefore all people on the site have to adhere to the rules, which govern it. Laxity can cause potential problems to safeguarding. Therefore:
Gates should be locked except at the start and end of each day.
External doors should be closed to prevent intrusion but to facilitate smooth exits.
Visitors, volunteers and students must only enter through the main entrance and will be given a relevant badge before they enter to sign the book.
Children will only be allowed home with adults with parental responsibility or confirmed permission.
Empty classrooms should have closed windows.
Children should never be allowed to leave school alone during school hours, and if collected by an adult, signed out.
Should a child leave the school premises without permission then staff have been informed never to chase after a child, but rather to report immediately to the office. Then parents and police will be informed of the circumstances.
Excellent attendance is expected of all adults and children, but when children are unwell parents are expected to confirm absence by telephone immediately. If there is no notification school has a policy of phoning home to ascertain each child’s whereabouts.
The school has a Pupils' and Families' Welfare Officer who works closely with the Local Authority’s Welfare officer whenever a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern. Attendance rates are reported each term to the government and to all parents. Positive measures are in place to encourage adults and children to attend regularly and punctually. The school is aware of its right to take legal action against parents who do not ensure good attendance and punctuality.
Staff will have attendance monitored and this will form the basis of regular checks on an individual’s well being. There is a more comprehensive list of procedures available from the office.
All staff that are appointed to work in school have a DBS criminal records search. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made them. If staff are found to have a criminal record the appointment is reconsidered by the Principals and then referred to the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Criminal Records Bureau.
“The Crescent Academy is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees to share this commitment. Any vacant post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and any successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced check by the Criminal Records Bureau"
One of the Principals sits on all appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants. The Principals have undertaken the NCSL training on Safer Recruitment as have several other members of staff.
New staff are inducted into safeguarding practices. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for the induction period. It is the responsibility of the mentors to familiarise new staff with procedures and policy, which affect the health and safety of all at school but especially the children.
Volunteers must also have DBS clearance. For a brief activity, such as a school visit, which does not involve the supervision or close contact of children the school may telephone for a “99” check. For extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building a full DBS search will be conducted. The office performs this. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.
It is assumed that visitors with a professional role ie the School Nurse or members of the police already have relevant clearance but the office will check this before admittance is granted. (See also Site Security).
The designated manager for Child Protection is Miss Pamela Cooper, the designated officer is Michelle Probyn and the designated governor is Ms Sue Molloy. There are detailed Child Protection Procedures, which are available from the school office with 24 hours notice. It is the Governing Body’s duty to ensure that the procedures are reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the procedures addressed immediately. Certain governors and all staff have had appropriate child protection training, which is updated at least every three years.
The child protection policy includes a statement on physical restraint. This school follows DfES guidelines 10/98 which asserts that physical restraint may be used if there is the possibility that a child may be about to cause harm to him/ herself or to another. It also asserts that on no occasion should such physical contact be used as a punishment. Staff have been trained in safe manual handling techniques
All allegations of abuse by or complaints of a teacher will be dealt with following the Area Child Protection Committee procedures. A copy of this is available at 24 hours notice. For any complaints about the Principals the Chair of Governors should be contacted directly.
The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two ways. Firstly, the curriculum, in subjects such as Personal, Social and Health Education discusses relevant issues with the children. PSHE topics include such themes as Drugs, Sex and Relationships and Stranger Danger. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues.
Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taking out of school appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are finally authorised by the Principals.
Visiting speakers, with correct clearance are always welcome into school so that can give specialist knowledge to the children.
Children should be encouraged to use the internet as much as is possible, but at all times in a safe way. Parents are asked each year if they agree to their child using the internet. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers should ensure that this does not happen. If teachers know of misuse, either by a teacher or child the issue should be reported to the Principals without delay.
Computing is taught in all classrooms and therefore teachers should teach online safety at least once per half term.
Within the school prospectus there is a statement for equal opportunities which asserts:
“At Crescent we try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all at Crescent are considered equal in the learning partnership. When adults and children have special needs we make arrangements to support them in their daily work and by designing specific programmes for them.”
Children and adults with disabilities must be able to take a full and active part in every lesson and every measure must be taken to ensure this.
Good behaviour is essential in any community and at Crescent we have high expectations for this. A policy entitled Behaviour Procedures is included in the Handbook detailing the rewards and sanctions available to staff. Although the emphasis is always on the positive there are also times when children have to be disciplined in order to maintain the safety and security of all children.
There are numerous rewards available to children:
But the sanctions range from:
Staff are discouraged from handling children, but when they deem it is safest to do so guidance has been given on safe methods of restraining a child so that they do not harm either themselves or others.
The Crescent definition of bullying is: “A systematic and extended victimisation of an adult or child, individual or group, by another or group of others.”
The school’s response to this is unequivocal.
Adults must be informed immediately and action will take place.
Children are told that silence is the bully’s best friend. Although bullying in this school is rare the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. Bullies will not be tolerated.
There is a more detailed Anti-bullying Policy that is available from the school office at 24 hours notice.
In 2016 the school received an Anti Bullying School Award.
The school actively promotes British Values, through its ethos and curriculum. It also recognises that Britain is a multi cultural society and therefore racial tolerance must be observed. Along with the equal opportunities statement there is a statement in the prospectus that asserts:
“At Crescent adults and pupils will be prepared for an ethnically diverse society. The school will work hard to promote racial equality and harmony by preventing and challenging racism.
“If anyone ever feels unjustly treated then the school welcomes and values a response.
It is in working together that we will make Crescent even better.”
Racism is tackled in both the RE and in the PSHE curricula. The children take part in discussions designed to raise awareness and address prejudices. From time to time visitors work with the children also e.g. we have had Indian dancers in and we have worked with a group of local high school pupils.
There has been a lot of controversy recently about adults photographing and filming young people. The concerns are genuine, however at Crescent we have taken a sensible, balanced approach, which allows staff and parents to photograph providing they follow certain guidelines:
If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the management accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally but staff should be prepared to discuss issues with the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the necessary degree of confidentiality.
The school follows the Local Authority’s policy on Whistleblowing. A copy of this can be made available at 24 hours notice.
D.J Alston January 2017