Safeguarding, health and wellbeing

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The head teacher is the designated person responsible for safeguarding and is the first point of contact. The head teacher and senior management team will, in the event of concerns raised, act in accordance with the current safeguarding guidelines issued by Essex County Council as our local safeguarding authority. We take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education in our policies on safety and wellbeing as well as in the recruitment and training of staff. Senior managers trained in safer recruitment are involved throughout our staff recruitment procedures. Our Safeguarding policy outlines the responsibilities and procedures that will be followed and is available via the school website or office.

Complex medical conditions may often be dealt with in school with the help of our full-time care manager who is a state registered nurse with considerable relevant experience. The school ensures that staff holding first aid certificates are available to each class group.

Rigorous medical procedures are followed when handling, storing and administering medication. Parents are advised of their responsibilities in forwarding medication and relevant information to the school. If a child is unwell parents are asked to keep them at home. Should a child become ill whilst at school a parent will be asked to come and collect them or the school will arrange for them to be taken home. Woodcroft has adopted the Essex County Council Learning Service Health and Safety Codes of Practice to assist in the implementation of its Health and safety policy. The Codes of Practice are available for consultation at the school by prior appointment.

Safeguarding, health and wellbeing policies

Copies of the following policies are available to parents by clicking the links below, or on request from the school reception.

Anti-bullying policy pdf
Behaviour management policy pdf
E-safety policy pdf
Safeguarding policy pdf
Medical administration and treatment policy pdf
Health and safety policy pdf
Whistleblowing policy pdf
Risk assessment policy – see Health and safety policy appendix A
First aid policy – see Heath and safety policy appendix B

NSPCC contact details

Help for adults concerned about a child: call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

Help for children and young people: call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

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