Safeguarding Children and Child Protection
At Hassocks Infant School we place a strong emphasis on both safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We are committed to working in partnership with all parents to ensure that all children are happy, confident and safe.
All of our staff receive regular training and safeguarding updates and we work closely with West Sussex County Council to provide support for children and families. Our team of designated safeguarding leads can be contacted if you need to share a concern about a child:
Designated safeguarding lead: Lauraine Smith, Deputy Headteacher
Deputy designated safeguarding leads: Adrian Bates-Holland, Headteacher and Jo Heath, SENCO.
If you need to speak to a member of the safeguarding team, please contact them via the school office.
Change of address
When your child enters the school you are asked to fill in a simple, confidential form for our records, including contact details in case of any emergency. Please notify us immediately of any change of address or circumstances. Changes in emergency contact numbers are often neglected.
Accidents, illness and medicines in school
Trained teaching assistants or teaching staff deal with minor injuries and first aid. If a child is unwell at school we will contact you or your emergency contact. In the event of a more serious accident or illness occurring and the school being unable to contact you, we will make arrangements for your child to be accompanied by a member of staff to hospital if we consider it necessary.
Under no circumstance should a child bring in any kind of medicine including cough sweets to school. In rare cases, where it is necessary for children to be given medication during school hours, a parent or guardian must bring the medicine to the office and complete a form authorising a member of staff to administer the medicine. Inhalers and epi-pens should be brought to the office and a form completed, then they are kept in the relevant classroom so that the children can use them independently under supervision from an adult.
School health service
On occasions the school nurse carries out health care interviews or sight and hearing tests at the school. Parents and carers are notified so that they are able to attend. Dental checks also take place.
Wearing of jewellery
Local authority guidance requires that all jewellery, including watches is removed for physical education because of the danger of injury to the wearer and/or other children in the class. We ask parents not to send children to school wearing jewellery, as we are not able to take responsibility for items of jewellery when they are removed for physical education. This also includes ear studs, which teachers should not remove or replace. If you wish your child to wear any form of jewellery please contact the Headteacher. We also ask for your co-operation in ensuring that long hair is tied back for school.
Dogs in the school grounds
Due to health and safety regulations, dogs must be carried on the school grounds.
Safeguarding - Children Conferences
Carried out by: Lauraine Smith (DSL)
Please see listed below 7 questions that children from different year groups were asked during the Safeguarding conference and their responses to each below:
1. Do you feel safe at school?
“Yes – it feels like a home. My teacher keeps me safe”
“Yeah, I do – teachers look after me”
“It is safe because the teachers take care of us”
“Yes because we play nicely and we help each other”
“Yes – [I feel safe] inside and outside”
“Yeah because teachers keep us safe. They tell us to ask if we want to go to the toilet so they know where we are. They need to know because the fire alarm might go off”
“I always feel safe. I know the adults are trained to keep us safe. They are nice to us”
“Yeah, we are allowed our friends with us at school”
“There are lots of adults that keep us safe”
“Yes, I am really happy at school”
2. Do the grown-ups at school keep you safe?
“They make sure you don’t get hurt”
“Yes – they give me safe learning”
“Yeah – they take care of all the children”
“They help me learn and teach us how to keep safe. The grown-ups wear lanyards, they are safe”
“Yes – they teach us what to do in a fire drill. They keep us safe by teaching us that when they ring the tambourine [at the end of playtime]. It means it is the end of playtime so we all know to tidy and line up”
“They look around when we are on the blocks to make sure we are being safe”
“They look after you when you fall and take care of the cut. They teach us how to be safe like what to do if there was a fire”
“Yeah – they help me when I fall. They make sure we are all ok”
“Yes – they tell us that we need to ask before going to the toilet so they know where we are”
“Yes- they help us to know good choices”
3. Do you know who to speak to if you were upset or had a worry?
“My teacher and all of the teachers in my class or the dinner ladies or people who give me the food”
“My teachers or Mummy or Daddy. The teachers have things [lanyards] on their necks”
“An adult in school and they have lanyards”
“You [Mrs Smith] have a rainbow lanyard to keep everyone safe. I would speak to someone with a lanyard”
“My helping hand helps me remember who I can speak to if I have a worry”
“An adult but no strangers. Adults in school wear a thing on their neck [lanyard]”
“My friend or a teacher. Schools adults have lanyards. You have a rainbow one to keep everyone safe”
“I could use the worry monster or grown-ups who are wearing a lanyard”
“They wear a lanyard and you can speak to them. The blue ones [lanyards] are for visitors who might come to assemblies, the rainbow ones are for the adults who keep everyone safe”
“Yes – all the grown-ups are nice. Teachers have a red one [lanyard]”
4. Do the grown-ups at school teach you how to keep yourself happy and safe? What is Jigsaw Time?
“Yes, they teach us not to make bad choices”
“Yes, they would help”
“Yes, they would help me”
“Jigsaw Time is when we learn how to stay calm. My teacher has a chime and we do meditation”
“Jigsaw Time is when we learn how to keep calm”
“Jigsaw Time is when we learn how to calm ourselves down”
“In Jigsaw Time we listen to a chime and we learn about safety like how to cross the road safely by looking and listening”
“The Golden Rules are taught to us and they keep us all happy and safe. In Jigsaw Time we feel calm”
“Yes, they teach us about the fire drill to keep safe. In Jigsaw Time you learn ways to keep safe and calm”
“Yes, they teach us to keep safe. They always do the register so they know who is here. In Jigsaw Time we learnt that everyone is different. It is ok to be different”
5. If you have a problem, do the adults listen to you?
“Yes, they would help”
“Yes, they will try and help me”
“They listen to me by listening carefully”
“The adults listen; they help a lot”
“Yes, they listen. They tell you how to [you can] sort it like telling the person to stop it”
“Yes they listen. They talk to us about it”
“Yes [and] if they can’t hear us then I retell them”
“Yes, the adults always listen”
“The adults always listen. You might ask a friend to tell the teacher if you were hurt and then they [the teacher] would come over”
6. Do you know ways to keep safe on the internet?
“Ask a grown-up”
“Ask before you go on it [the computer]”
“Ask an adult. Don’t go on anything you shouldn’t”
“I would ask an adult”
“Don’t go on google without asking an adult. You should not click [on things] you do not know about”
“Ask an adult”
“You should not answer to anyone you do not know. Don’t share personal details”
“If you are on your Dad’s computer you should have child lock on. I tell the adult before using the computer”
7. What should you do if someone is unkind to you?
“Tell them no and tell a grown-up”
“Tell a teacher”
“We should tell them to be kind and tell the grown-up”
“You should tell a teacher”
“I say stop, I don’t like it”
“I would tell them stop it please. I would tell an adult”
“Tell them no and tell a grown-up”
“Tell a teacher”
“We should tell them to be kind and tell a grown-up”