At Sythwood Primary School we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
We make every effort to provide an environment in which children and adults feel safe, secure, valued and respected. Furthermore, we create a culture where children and staff feel confident enough to share any concerns they may have in the knowledge that they will be listened to.
The purpose of our Child Protection Policy & Procedures, which can be found in our policies section, is to provide staff, volunteers and governors with the framework they need in order to keep children safe and secure in our school. The policy also informs parents and carers how we will safeguard their children whilst they are in our care.
Our policy has been developed in line with statutory guidance: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ 2018, Revised Safeguarding Statutory Guidance ‘Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families’ 2000, ‘What to do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused’ 2015. It also reflects both statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2021 (KCSIE), and Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) Procedures. ·
Who to contact?
If you are a professional seeking information about a particular child or you wish to discuss a safeguarding matter relating to a child at Sythwood, then please use the contact information below.
School Office 01483 770063 and ask for Michelle Jolly (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or ask to speak to a 'DSL'.
If you have an immediate concern about the safety of a child or young person you should contact the Surrey Children's Single Point of Access (C-SPA), which has replaced the MASH service.
Telephone 0300 470 9100
01483 517898 (out of hours hosted by the emergency duty team)
Please contact 999 if you believe that a child or young person is at risk of immediate harm or danger and you require an urgent response.
Safeguarding- Key Information
Please click on the Bourne Education Trust ‘Code of Conduct’ for more information about the standards of conduct expected by all members of staff at Sythwood Primary and Nursery School.
Sythwood School is an inclusive community that aims to support and welcome pupils with a large variety of medical conditions, providing these pupils the same opportunities as others at the school.
The school ensures:
· All staff understand their duty of care to children and young people in the event of a medical emergency.
· All staff feel confident in knowing what to do in an emergency.
· All staff understand the common medical conditions that affect children at this school. Staff receive appropriate training on the impact medical conditions can have on children.
The school understands:
· that certain medical conditions are serious and can be potentially life threatening, particularly if ill managed or misunderstood.
· the importance of medication being taken as prescribed.
What is the procedure for medicines in school?
The office staff will do all they can to make sure every child receives the medicine, but they cannot guarantee to do this. Parent/carers are always welcome to come into school to give their child the medicine.
If a child has been unwell and is on medication but parent/carers feel they are well enough to attend school, it may be possible for the school to administer their medication.
1. Parent/carer brings the medication to the main office. It must be supplied in its original packaging and clearly labelled with the child’s name. We will not allow children to bring their medication to school- it must be an adult.
2. Complete a Pupil Medication form with required medication dosage and times at which it should be administered.
3. The medication has to be collected by an adult once the course of medication is complete- it will not be given to a child to take home.
When staff believe a child has a high temperature and would benefit from a dose of Calpol, the parent/carer will be called and required to give verbal consent for us to administer Calpol. The school will not administer this if they are unable to contact the parent/carer.
Pupils with significant medical needs
Pupils with significant medical needs will have Health Care Plans drawn up in consultation with the parents.
For children with conditions requiring ongoing medication such as asthma, nut allergies, diabetes, medication is kept in the following areas: -
Auto injectors: 1 is kept in the Staff room and 1 kept in the class room. These medications are all held in named readily accessible boxes. All staff are aware of children with these conditions and ensure that their medication goes with them on school trips. Photo boards of these pupils are displayed in both staff rooms and kitchen preparation area.
Asthma inhalers: kept in the classroom at all times unless children are participating in PE/Sport or off site trips where the adults will take inhalers with them. If a child suffers from asthma and needs to use an inhaler at school, we ask parent/carers to complete an asthma card (obtainable at the school office). This card helps us to know the precise instructions for administering the medication to each child. The card will be kept in the classroom with the child's inhaler(s).
Diabetes – a specific health care plan is drawn up with parents and any medication is kept in a fridge in the child's classroom.
What if my child has an accident or becomes ill at school?
The class teacher plays an important part in the physical well-being of the children and several of our staff are qualified in First Aid. We can deal with many accidents quickly and easily in school. However, if there is a more serious injury (such as an injury to the head) or illness, we endeavour to contact the child's parents immediately.
Reminder: It is important that we are informed of any changes to contact details immediately so that we can keep our records up to date and parent/carers can be contacted immediately if needed.
Michelle Jolly is our Designated Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead. She offers support to our children and families at Sythwood Primary School.
Who can Michelle support?
* Families in need of general advice or guidance.
* Families who are experiencing times of change through separation, bereavement, illness or general life's pressure.
* Families in financial difficulty who would benefit from accessing the Food Bank
* Families who are experiencing difficulty with children attending school regularly.
* Children who have become anxious, withdrawn or unsettled
Families can get in touch with Michelle via the school office.
8.30- 4.00pm: Monday and Friday
9.30 - 4.00pm: Tuesday
9.30 - 2.30pm: Wednesday
8.30 - 2.30pm: Thursday
At Sythwood Primary and Nursery School
· We recognise that life can be full of challenges and that we all need help, support or guidance at some point in our lives.
· We recognise that sometimes the challenges that children & parents/carers face, may be, or feel, overwhelming
· We recognise that early intervention or Early Help at these challenging times can help our children feel safe, supported and settled
· We believe that Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life
· We know that providing Early Help is more effective in promoting the welfare and positive wellbeing of children, than reacting later.
At Sythwood we know that any child may benefit from Early Help. We are also aware of the potential increase in need for those children who:
· have a disability, certain health conditions or who have specific additional needs
· have special educational needs (whether or not they have a statutory Education,Health and Care Plan)
· are Young Carers
· are showing signs of being drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour, including gang involvement and association with organised crime groups
· are frequently missing from home
· are at risk of modern slavery, trafficking or exploitation
· are at risk of being radicalised or exploited
· are in a family circumstance which presents challenges for the child, such as drug and alcohol misuse, adult mental health issues or domestic abuse
· are misusing drugs or alcohol themselves
· have returned home to their family from care
· are privately fostered
· have a parent/carer in custody
What ‘Early Help’ looks like at Sythwood
· Social, emotional or mental health support for your child
· Behaviour support
· Bereavement support (signposting)
· SEN support and advice
· Targeted in school interventions
· Financial support via Foodwise, Foodbank or signposting to other agencies
· Referrals to outside ‘expert’ agencies
· Early Help Assessments or Team Around the Family support
· Graded Care Profile 2 to help identify specific needs and the best support plan
· Links with Your Sanctuary & the Women’s Centre for domestic abuse support & counselling
If you think that your child would benefit from accessing ‘Early Help’ support in school or you would be interested in knowing more about how we can support you or your family, please contact:
Mrs Jolly, Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead, on 01483 770063
Alternatively you may like to contact Surrey's Family Help Hub which is a new service providing information, advice and support for families:
Or the Surrey Family Information Service which is an information and signposting service for families with children aged 0-25 years.