Long Melford CE Primary is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others. We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community. All adults working in this School (including visiting staff, volunteers and students on placement) are required to report instances of actual or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead who is a member of the school’s leadership team.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs Amanda Woolmer
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) is/are: Mrs Nichola King and Mrs Ellen Sizer-James.
Accidents and Illness
When an accident occurs simple first aid is given at school. Every member of staff is qualified in emergency first aid. In cases of emergency we do all we can to contact parents. If we fail in this and the child’s condition causes us concern, then we will call a doctor or an ambulance.
The school, in accordance with Suffolk policy, does not normally agree to administer medicine other than in exceptional cases, e.g. on residential visits, and the school must be satisfied that this is the parents’ wish, that the details of the dosage and timings have been conveyed precisely, and that to do so would have no harmful effect on the child. Parents and carers continue to have responsibility for their child’s well-being at school in circumstances where it is agreed that the head teacher or a member of staff will act on the parents’ behalf by administering medicine.
We take safety very seriously and follow Government guidance; all adults who will be in regular contact with children receive Enhanced DBS checks.
School Health Service
All schools have a named School Nurse. Children will be seen by their School Nurse on several occasions – for a health interview, vision and hearing tests.
We encourage children to keep healthy through active and co-operative play. We offer a variety of fun and healthy activities for playtimes including skipping, ball games, short tennis, table tennis and playing with hoops.
Fruit and Water
All our children in Reception and KS1 are offered a piece of fruit or vegetable at morning break time. Our children are encouraged to drink water regularly and have their own water bottle in class.