Keeping Children Healthy and Safe from Harm

Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy. We also work in partnership with parents and carers throughout the year through a series of coffee mornings, workshops and positive parenting strategies.

School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors, students, volunteers and visitors to the school.

Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and, with this in mind, adults at The Oratory Primary:

  • are good role models for our children by living the Gospel Values each and every day
  • enjoy their work and working with children
  • are conscientious, hard-working and professional at all times
  • welcome all visitors to the school
  • work within agreed policies of the school
  • promote a happy, caring and safe school
  • promote a team approach to moving learning forward for all – recognising and valuing strengths in each other and using these to support everyone
  • encourage children to think critically for themselves, ask questions and find answers independently
  • challenge and support children in their thinking and learning.

There are many policies (also see policies section of website) in place to safeguard our children, including: 

Safeguarding which includes Child Protection

All staff receive regular training. The Oratory and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of our children. There are four members of staff trained as Designated Safeguarding Persons with a member of the School’s Strategic Leadership Team being the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. There is a named governor for child protection in addition to the school employing a school based social worker and a school nurse.

The Birmingham Model Safeguarding Policy is adopted, with minor adaptations ​ to suit our particular context, by the Head Teacher, School Senior Safeguarding Team and the Governing Body. The policy is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by Birmingham Children Safeguarding Board. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice.

The Senior Safeguarding Team meets on a weekly basis to ensure that our systems are robust as well as discussing interventions and strategies to support our children and families.

Attendance and Punctuality

Children’s attendance and punctuality at the Oratory school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by our Home – School Support Link, school based social worker or our school nurse.

Non-attendance is an important issue that is treated seriously.  However, each case is different and the school acknowledges that no one standard response will be appropriate in every case.

Consideration is given to all factors affecting attendance before deciding what intervention strategies to apply.

Long Term/Serious Medical Conditions

Where a child is suffering from a long term or serious illness, the school works with the family to ensure that any support needed in getting the child to school is given and systems are put in place to help with and support the child’s learning.

The family are asked to keep the school informed of appointments and absences.

Application for Term Time Absence

The Oratory will not authorise time term absence unless there are exceptional or sensitive circumstances.

Parents and carers are encouraged to download the Application for Term Time Absence Form or obtain a hard copy from the school office.

Applications will be considered by the Head Teacher and Home School Link Worker, who will reply to the request within 5 working days.

Punctuality

Poor punctuality impacts on learning not only for the individual but for the class as a whole.
The responsibility for good punctuality lies with the parent/carer.

Health and Safety

Everyone at the Oratory knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have several first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.

The School’s Safety Action Group meets on a half termly basis to review and evaluate the Premises Action Plan.

Curriculum

Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the importance of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and visitors to school e.g. St John’s Ambulance who teach basic first aid in Reception – Y4 and more advanced skills to Years 5 and 6 during a day’s course, police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety and Theatre in Education productions which cover: Anti-Bullying, Cyber Bullying and Stranger Danger.

E-Safety

The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. This document has been created in line with national and local guidance.

Safer Recruitment and Selection

The school pays full regard to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DfES 2015).  Safer recruitment practice includes scrutinising applicants, verifying identity and academic or vocational qualifications, obtaining professional and character references, checking previous employment history and ensuring that a candidate has the health and physical capacity for the job.  It also includes undertaking interviews and undertaking appropriate checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).