Keeping children safe in education is our priority.
At Meadows Primary school and Nursery, the health, safety and welfare of our children are of paramount importance to us. We respect our pupils and want
to provide them with a stimulating and safe environment that encourages them to do their best.
In order to keep our children safe at school, we:-
- Ensure that all our staff – through their induction and ongoing training - have a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards our children’s
- Make sure that we have a range of clear and up to date policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and protection of our pupils and staff
in all aspects of school life.
- Ensure that we teach our pupils how to keep themselves healthy and safe – in and out of school.
The term ‘safeguarding’ encompasses the whole range of issues. It starts with our values that we instil in our children from their first day at Meadows Primary.
Values such as kindness, respect and honesty teach children to be ready, be safe and be respectful. We have an open and honest atmosphere at school,
where children are nurtured and taught that they are able to confide in any adult if they are worried about anything.
We have very clear expectations of our children’s behaviour and these are regularly discussed in class and whole school assemblies. In addition, at the
beginning of each year, children discuss with their Class teachers their own classroom rules and they are expected to follow them. Our children learn from
an early age that bullying in any form is not tolerated at Meadows Primary and that we expect our staff to act as exemplary role models.
Inclusion And Equality
The school has a commitment to equality and accessibility for all and we believe that everyone at Meadows Primary should be treated with care and respect.
Our children are explicitly taught that any form of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sexuality or disability is wrong. In PSHE, our RE lessons
and assemblies we explore different ideas, cultures, faiths and beliefs to broaden our pupil’s awareness of the world and we teach tolerance and mutual respect.
Teaching And Learning
In addition to teaching our children about behaviour and attitudes, we also equip them with a range of practical learning via the curriculum to help keep them
safe and healthy throughout their lives. Our PE and PHSE lessons include education on healthy diet, the importance of exercise, road and pedestrian
safety, stranger danger and how to deal with bullying.
Our children are taught about the importance of staying safe online. At Meadows Primary– we have very clear E-safety guidelines for both staff and children.
IT is a constantly changing world so we try to provide as much up to date information as we can about practical ways to stay safe on the internet and
E-safety teaching is incorporated regularly into all ICT lessons.
As already mentioned, our staff are expected to act as role models at all times. All members of staff – teaching and non-teaching alike – have been recruited
following safer recruitment procedures. When a new member of staff joins our school they receive an induction and staff handbook which includes
information on safeguarding child protection, our health and safety induction booklet and Keeping Children Safe in Education. Our safeguarding
and child protection polices clearly set out the school and our staff’s responsibilities towards ensuring that all children at Meadows are kept safe
and protected from harm. All our staff and governors undertake regular safeguarding and child protection training.
Staff with key safeguarding responsibilities
Our designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs Sydenham – Headteacher
Mrs Mejer – Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Roberts – Inclusion Manager
Mrs Thorpe - Nursery Manager
Reporting a Concern
If you have a concern about the welfare of a child you will need to contact Family Connect on 01952 385385 to speak to a Family Connect
Safeguarding Advisor. Family Connect Advisors are available between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
If you need to report concerns about the welfare of a child outside of office house please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01952 676500.
If you believe a criminal offence has been committed you can contact
West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or 101.
In an emergency always dial 999.
First Aid and Medical Needs
In addition to safeguarding and child protection training, a number of our teachers and teaching assistants have first aid and paediatric first aid qualifications.
Volunteers And Visitors
We also make sure that any volunteer or visitor to school – which includes the staff who run our after school clubs – visits the School office to sign in and
read the school information sheet on safeguarding. Volunteers and visitors are not left unsupervised with children at any time unless they are regular
volunteers who have completed a DBS check. As a parent, if you would like to know more about volunteering, please come into the School Office.
We have a comprehensive Health and Safety policy to ensure that our premises are safe for all. This includes undertaking risk assessments for all school
activities and trips, as well as for aspects of the site. In order to keep our children safe in school every day we would like to remind parents and visitors to
Meadows Primary that All adults (including parents, visitors and volunteers) should sign in at the school office before visiting a member of staff or
a classroom. They will then be issued a visitors’ badge and information on safeguarding at Meadows.
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