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Safety Information for Visitors

Welcome to Break Through School, we hope that your visit will be enjoyable, informative and safe.

Please help us by reading and complying with the guidance contained in this leaflet, which is intended to ensure your health and safety whilst at Break Through School. If you have any questions after reading this, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff to help you.

Please remember it is everyone’s duty to safeguard; if you have any concerns please report them to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) straight away.

Key Personnel

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Ruth Elliott ( Deputy Headteacher) 

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Henrietta Jordan and Rosie Amuah-Fanoiki

In the unlikely event that you should have a concern over the professional conduct of a member of staff please contact Ruth Elliott direct on 07398134205

Henrietta Jordan henriettajordan@breakthroughschool.co.uk

Ruth Elliott ruthelliott@breakthroughschool.co.uk

 

Rosie Amuah-Fanoiki rosieamuahfanoiki@brakthroughschool.co.uk

Our safeguarding commitments:

  • We all share a responsibility to ensure the school environment is safe and welcoming and to report any damage or safety / welfare issues.
  • We all have a right to be treated with respect and we have a responsibility to show respect to others and report or challenge unsafe or bullying behaviour.
  • We will use ICT to enhance teaching / learning and communication and report unsafe, unkind or inappropriate use.
  • We are all equally important and should be able to ask for help and support without feeling belittled or inadequate.
  • We know the procedures for reporting safeguarding concerns and are confident that issues we raise will be listened to and taken seriously.
  • We are part of a community in which any adult, who works unsupervised, will have been checked to ensure that there are no known reasons why s/he should not work with young people.
  • We will be given relevant information / training to help us protect ourselves from harm and to be able to recognise signs that others might be ‘at risk’.
  • We will follow the school codes, guidelines and procedures that are in place to ensure all aspects of health and safety that affect our well-being, including risk assessments, are adhered to.
  • We will have access to relevant outside agencies and training services that will support and enhance our personal and learning development.
  • Do not initiate verbal or physical contact with students unless it is appropriate and a part of the agreed reason for your visit.
  • Do not give any personal information to students, such as your mobile number or address. Do not provide students with your personal email address, and only provide your professional work email if it is necessary as part of the reason for your visit.
  • Do not give students details of your personal social network accounts or engage in any communication with students using social networking sites.
  • If you have any concerns that a student may be at risk of harm, report it immediately to the senior designated person for child protection (Henrietta Jordan) or in her absence a DDSO who can be contacted via reception. Do not discuss your concerns with the student, and do not carry out an investigation.
  • We take seriously the information we are given about Child Protection. If a student makes a disclosure to you do not promise confidentiality. Explain that you will need to talk to someone else. Inform the designated senior person for child DSO (Henrietta Jordan) or DDSO (Ruth Elliott) or DDSO (Rosie Amuah-Fanoiki) of your concerns immediately.

For further guidance, you can request to see Break Through’s child protection policy.

Covid-19

Please do not attend Break Through School if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or you have been asked to isolate in-line with Public Health guidance.

 

Security

All visitors and contractors coming in to the school must report to Reception and sign in the visitor book.

If you are working unsupervised with students, the Break Through’s administrators will ask you to produce your DBS certificate or details thereof, together with proof of identification, i.e. Passport or driving licence. Without this you may not be granted access.

You must sign in and out on each occasion you visit the school. Please return the lanyard and holder.

Photographs and Phones

Visitors are prohibited from taking photographs whilst on the school site.

We request that all phones are either turned off or put onto silent for your visit. If you need to take a call or make a call, we request these are taken offsite.

Fire & Evacuation

  • Your host will explain what to do in the case of emergencies and fire alarms.
  • The alarm is a continuous bell. You must leave the building by the nearest exit.
  • Stay with your host as they will escort you to the assembly point and ensure that you are recorded present by the administration staff.
  • The assembly point is left out of the building and at the first bus stop.
  • Do not take any personal risks.
  • You must not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so.

First Aid

If you need first aid or feel unwell, please go to the reception and they will call a first aider.

Health & Safety

Contractors must ensure that they are fully conversant with the safety rules and regulations to be observed by contractors working on site.

As a visitor to Break Through it is essential that you follow any Health and Safety guidelines that may apply. By doing so, you will assist us in meeting the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Smoking

Break Through school operates a no smoking policy. Please do not smoke anywhere on the school site.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidance for Visitors to the School

Adults visiting or working on the school site play an important part in the life of the Break Through. You can play a part in keeping students safe whilst working at, or visiting, the school by observing the following guidelines:

In summary it states that the school has a legal duty to:
a. safeguard and promote the welfare of children
b. work together with other agencies to ensure that there are adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

Break Through will ensure that all staff who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability. This includes verification of their identity, qualifications, employment history and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check (according to guidance). A single central record is kept for audit.

School staff will receive the statutory training on Child Protection and regular updates will be part of the school’s programme of Training.

Break Through will always try to share its intention to refer a child to Social Care with parents /carers/guardians unless to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm or impede a criminal investigation. If in doubt, it will consult with LA’s Social Care Duty Worker.

Break Through strives to ensure a caring, safe and positive environment within the school. Students’ fears and worries will be taken seriously if they report concerns to staff.

Break Through liaises and works together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children. The school will notify Social Care as soon as there is a significant concern or seek their advice if in doubt.

Staff are not responsible for identifying abuse, simply for reporting concerns. Parents/carers/guardians should be assured that acting on a concern does not mean that staff either believe or do not believe the student. Seeking advice or referring a concern is not a judgement on parenting or a signal that abuse has occurred. All staff are aware that they can never promise confidentiality to a student, particularly with regard to information which might compromise the child’s safety or wellbeing

The school provides numerous opportunities across the curriculum, particularly in RSHE, for students to develop the skills and attitudes they need to stay safe from harm and know to whom they should turn if they need help.

All visitors to the school, including parents/carers/guardians, are required to report to Reception, sign in and collect a visitor’s badge before they go anywhere else on the school site.

Thank you for helping to keep Break Through School safe.