St Johnís C.E. Primary Academy

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Safeguarding (Child Protection) Children

Policy

St John's has a policy for Protecting and Safeguarding Children. Click here to read it.

Child Protection

St. John’s recognises the important role that the whole community plays in promoting the health, safety and well being of all children. In view of our special relationships with children and their families, staff need to be particularly alert to any signs of possible abuse or neglect and have a legal duty to pass on any concerns to the Designated Teachers for Child Protection. These concerns must be reported to the Children's Social Care within the Children and Young People's Services Directorate who work with other agencies such as the Calderdale Primary Care Trust and the police to protect children from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The academy does not have any role to play in the investigation of child protection issues but must co-operate with other agencies in any investigation or monitoring as necessary. The academy is also required to follow procedures set out by the Calderdale Child Protection Committee for child protection and to have clear internal procedures and guidance for staff. Staff receive regular training. The academy continues to develop effective working relationships with all agencies concerned with the welfare of children.

The Governing Body has adopted the Calderdale Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy and Procedures which are available to any parent who wishes to see the documents.

If any parent has a concern about the welfare of any child in the academy s/he should speak to the Principal, Mrs H. Lever, Vice-Principal Mrs V Ingoe, Chair of Governors Mrs L Taylor, or contact Children's Social Care within the Children and Young People's Services Directorate.

  • Name: First Response Team
  • Address: Ground Floor, Northgate House, Northgate. Halifax
  • Telephone: 01422 393336.
  • Name: Emergency Duty Team (for out of hours)  see Out of hours support
  • Telephone:0845 1111 137.

The Children Act (2004) and the DfE guidance document: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2006), focus on safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare and can be summarised as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

School Health Service

Our academy nurse, is based at Brighouse Health Centre, Lawson Road, Brighouse (Tel. 712515).  She visits the academy regularly to see children and their parents for general health, vision and hearing tests.  Parents are informed of anything which might require attention.

During the reception year, parents are informed that the nurse will be in the academy to carry out their child's medical.  As part of Calderdale Primary Care Trust’s on-going work to improve health and well-being of children, weight and height of children are monitored in Reception and Year 6.  Permission for monitoring is sought from parents.

Routine hair inspections are no longer undertaken.  Good grooming requires the daily use of a comb, ensuring that contact is made with the scalp and all hair strands—this disturbs the environment of the head lice. Parents are requested to check their children's hair every Friday using a detection comb and if lice are detected to go to the local pharmacy for an effective treatment.

Parents are welcome to visit the academy to see the nurse to discuss, in confidence, any worries they may have regarding their child(ren).  This can be arranged by telephoning the academy or by contacting the Health Centre, where messages can be left in their absence.

Videoing/Photographing Concerts

It has always been the academy’s policy to allow parents/carers to take videos/photographs of their child(ren)’s involvement in the academy concerts, for their own personal/private use.  These videos must not be offered for sale under any circumstances, or displayed in any public area such as the internet or television.  If parents have any objections to this policy they should contact the Principal.

Road Safety

Work on road safety is included within the academy curriculum under Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Children are encouraged, where possible, to walk to the academy in order to improve personal health and fitness, minimise traffic congestion, reduce pollution and support the global environment. We offer the Park and Stride scheme to facilitate this three times per week.