At Miriam Lord Primary School we understand that keeping children safe is our most important job. All members of staff, including volunteers, and members of the Governing Body fully recognise the roles and responsibilities placed upon them regarding the safeguarding and welfare of pupils at the school. We believe that our school should provide a safe and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn and which promotes the social, physical and emotional well-being of each individual pupil.
All Schools must keep a single central record in line with statutory guidance. The single central record must cover the following people:
Generally, the information to be recorded on these individuals is whether or not the following checks have been carried out or certificates obtained, the date on which the checks were completed and who completed the check:
At Miriam Lord Primary School we have a Single Central Record (SCR) which is monitored on a half-termly basis and kept up to date as/when a new application for clearance is approved; this monitoring is known as the 'Safeguarding Check'.
When carrying out the safeguarding monitoring, the SCR is printed off and reviewed by members of the Senior Leadership Team, as well as reviewed on occasion by members of the Governing Body. Checking this document is extremely important to us, as we understand that every adult working with our children must be fully vetted and their reference checks be up to date.
Another part of our 'Safeguarding Check' is to carry out a safeguarding walk of the school building and premises. In order for our children to be safe, they must work in a safe environment where any risk to harm has been considered and actions taken to address these potential risks are in place. Safeguarding walks will be arranged by the Headteacher and involve different members of the Senior Leadership Team, occasionally members of the Governing Body, alongside our Site Manager. Feedback from these walks provides the school with a clear overview of areas that require attention or safety issues to be addressed.
An important part of the 'Safeguarding Check' is to ensure that the Fire Log is up-to-date and being maintained. This monitoring includes checking that the weekly alarm test is taking place, false alarm activations, alongside clear and accurate records regarding evacuation procedures. These checks will be organised by the Headteacher and involve different members of the Senior Leadership Team, occasionally members of the Governing Body, alongside our Site Manager.
The Miriam Lord website is our main source of communication with parents, carers and community members. It is important that this is kept up-to-date and meets all statutory compliances, and to make sure that this is the case we check our website regularly against a checklist provided by Bradford Council. These checks will be organised by the Headteacher and involve different members of the Senior Leadership Team and occasionally members of the Governing Body.
To ensure we are compliant with first aid procedures and that equipment is stored correctly and in-date, we carry out a half-termly check of all first aid supplies around school i.e. first aid station and a check of equipment in the hygiene room.
We have a number of vulnerable pupils in school, who require additional support to overcome barriers to achievement. As an SLT and Pastoral Team we carry out a monthly review of this support, including reviews of any action plans, to see if pupils are receiving the best support possible and identify ways we can help them further.
At Miriam Lord we use an online system for recording and tracking all incidents linked to behaviour, safeguarding and child protection; this system is called 'CPOMs'. As part of our 'Safeguarding Check' we review the previous half-terms' incidents that were recorded on CPOMs and decide if any further follow up is necessary. By following up events through discussions we are able to see how behaviour has changed and if incidents of a similar nature have reoccurred. As part of this work we also analyse the key groups of pupils involved to ensure that no pupil is disadvantaged at Miriam Lord because of age, gender, ethnicity or circumstance.
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