At Thornton Primary School, keeping children safe from harm is our highest priority.
We are committed to safeguarding children and all staff at the school are employed subject to a clear DBS check for a regulated activity.
Below, you'll find some useful sources of information about how we safeguard pupils
Children’s rights and entitlements
Safeguarding children and child protection
Our setting will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Our safeguarding policy is based on the key commitments of Thornton Safeguarding Children Policy. Use of cameras is guided by the Images of Children policy. Use of mobile phones, by children and adults is guided by policy within school.
Maintaining children’s safety and security on premises
We maintain the highest possible security of our premises to ensure that each child is safely cared for during their time with us. Entry and exit is controlled by a member of staff managing parent and pupils’ entrance and exit to the Hall. Children are released to their classrooms at the end of the morning session. Children attending Afterschool Club are expected to arrive at the room by themselves (reception and year 1 children are escorted). Children other than those in reception and year 1 are expected to take responsibility for ensuring they get to and from their classrooms. If an expected child does not arrive at Afterschool Club a check is first made in the child’s class, then at the office for any message. If the child has been in school and has still not appeared, parents will be contacted. Parents are expected to ensure their child knows when they will be attending Breakfast and Afterschool Club so that confusion can be avoided at the end of the day.
In the event that a child is not collected by an authorised adult at the end of an afternoon session, the setting puts into practice agreed procedures. These ensure the child is cared for safely by an experienced and qualified practitioner who is known to the child. We will ensure that the child receives a high standard of care in order to cause as little distress as possible.
We inform parents/carers of our procedures so that, if they are unavoidably delayed, they will be reassured that their children will be properly cared for.
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Children’s safety is maintained as the highest priority at all times both on and off premises. Every attempt is made through carrying out the exit/entrance procedure to ensure the security of children is maintained at all times. In the unlikely event of a child going missing, our missing child procedure is followed.
Child going missing on the premises
§ As soon as it is noticed that a child is missing the key person/staff alerts the setting leader.
§ The setting leader calls the police and reports the child as missing and then calls the parent.
§ The setting leader will carry out a thorough search of the building and garden.
§ The register is checked to make sure no other child has also gone astray.
§ Doors and gates are checked to see if there has been a breach of security whereby a child could wander out.
§ The setting leader talks to the staff to find out when and where the child was last seen and records this.
§ The setting leader contacts the headteacher and reports the incident. The headteacher comes to the setting immediately to carry out an investigation, with the management committee where applicable.
Achieving positive behaviour
Thornton believes that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour.
Children need to learn to consider the views and feelings, needs and rights, of others and the impact that their behaviour has on people, places and objects. This is a developmental task that requires support, encouragement, teaching and setting the correct example. The principles that underpin how we achieve positive and considerate behaviour exist within the programme for promoting personal, social and emotional development.
This provision works within the guidelines of the Behaviour Policy for Thornton Primary School.