Staying Safe

Staying Safe at Seal

At Seal, both the physical and emotional safety of the children is extremely important and plays a key role in everything we do: from Safeguarding procedures, to risk assessments, to the curriculum: including working alongside the NSPCC to deliver 'Staying Safe' assemblies and workshops. Below are the key aspects of what we do and how we do it in order to ensure children are safe and feel safe at our school and when they go out into the world.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is clearly a key part of our day to day work and we take this responsibility very seriously. Please click here for our Child Protection policy, which is updated at least annually. All staff and governors received updated safeguarding training  in the weeks beginning 12th September 2016 and 3rd October 2016. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection is Melanie Snodin. Her safeguarding update training was on 13th December 2016. Statutory requirements are that this training is completed every two years. Our link governor for safeguarding is Mark Kyrillou.

Through our selection process we are clear that we believe in robust safeguarding and that all successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (it used to be called CRB) and other 'fit for work' checks before they can start in school. All of our selection panels have at least one person who has passed Safer Recruiting training to ensure that robust safeguarding procedures are put in place at recruitment level. Regular volunteers are also subject to DBS checks, although we only allow 1:1 work with children in public areas such as the corridor.

E-safety

Staying safe on-line is a very important part of the keeping children safe even when they are not in school and we see this as part of our work on Safeguarding. We have therefore linked up with an organisation called Digital Awareness UK (DAUK) who have supported the school launch our e-safety work. This has included providing workshops for parents about social media, assemblies, staff training and workshops for all our classes. The latest workshop for parents was held in June 2016, however this will be repeated later in the next academic year.

Please click here for our E-safety action plan or ask in school for more details.

Medical Conditions

We have a number of children with on-going medical conditions and ensure their safety and health through adjustments to the school building where reasonable and the administration of medicines where necessary. All staff administering long-term prescription medicines are trained for each individual by a healthcare professional. If you believe this to be applicable to your child, please see our Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions policy here 

For children who have severe allergies we take appropriate steps to keep them healthy in school. We strive to be a nut-free school and can provide special menus for children with certain allergies. If this applies to your child, please come and let us know at the Welcome Office. All staff receive annual training on epi-pen use, and the most recent training took place on 28th September 2016.