Safeguarding Children Statement

At Walton-le-Dale the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. Parents send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. Walton-le-Dale therefore has to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures and policies are in place:

Child Protection
There is a named teacher and governor for child protection.  All staff receive regular training. School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children with the aim of protecting them from harm.

Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Office Staff or Head teacher and in more serious cases the Education Attendance Officer.

High standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know children do fall out from time to time. Where this is the case dealt with sensitively by an adult who gives both children time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. Children are often reminded about our school values and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and safe.

Anti-Bullying Statement
At Walton-le-Dale Primary School, we have a responsibility to provide a secure environment, so that all children feel happy, confident and safe whilst at school. We celebrate difference and diversity and value all children. We expect all children to embrace this in their  behaviour towards each other at school. All bullying is unacceptable and will be dealt with seriously and in line with the schools policy.

Health and Safety
Everyone at Walton-le-Dale has a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. The school has several staff fully trained in first aid, including paediatric first aid, who deal with accidents should they occur.

Through the planned curriculum we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by the many visits and visitors to school.

Safer Recruitment and Selection
Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis, undertake a CRB check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.