Safeguarding for Visitors & Volunteers
We welcome visitors and volunteers to our school, we are committed to the safeguarding of all our pupils and all staff, visitors and volunteers have a shared responsibility for this.
In line with statutory guidelines, we do have strict procedures in school to ensure the safety of our pupils and we ask that you please adhere to these.
When your visit is planned for the first time you will receive an email confirming your visit, the email will also contain two documents which we ask for all visitors and volunteers to read, we will ask for you to sign the visitor/volunteers agreement, you can print and sign and bring it with you or we can print it out for you when you arrive.
The two documents can be viewed by clicking on the relevant headings below;
Please read our Safeguarding Policy and the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance 2021 (Part One) prior to your visit.
Once you arrive you will be asked to sign in through our electronic signing in system. If this is your first visit you will be asked to provide photo identification and a DBS if applicable. If all checks have been completed you will be given a green lanyard which you must use to display your visitor badge and wear at all times whilst in school, this must be returned to the office staff when you leave and you must sign out. If you do not have a DBS and therefore all the checks could not be completed you will be given a red lanyard to display your visitor badge in, again please return and sign out at the end of your visit. If wearing a red lanyard you will be supervised at all times during your visit, by a member of school staff.
In the interest of safeguarding, we ask you to ensure to adhere to the following instructions:
- Switch off your mobile phone / device and store in your bag.
- If you do need to use your mobile phone or camera enabled device, please do so in an area that is not accessed by the children, this includes corridors.
- Do not take pictures, videos or sound recordings of any pupils unless you have sought permission from the Headteacher.
- If you are working with a child, please ensure the class teacher is aware of this, where you are working and approximately how long for.
- If you are working with a child, please do so in a space that is open, have an open door or be visible by others through a window.
- If you have a concern about a child please pass this on to the child’s class teacher, who will then follow our safeguarding procedures. If they are not available, please speak to either our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) whose details can be found here.
- If you have a concern about another adult in school, please ask to speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Officers.
- Always share concerns with school staff, no matter how small they may appear, and don’t keep them to yourself
- If a child says something to you that you think could be a safeguarding concern, act as above, and if possible write down what was said immediately. Listen to the child, do not question them or promise them that it will remain confidential between the two of you.