Cardiff Steiner School is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and young people, and to ensuring arrangements are in place to do so. We recognise that all members of the School community, including staff, parents and visitors, play a full and active part in protecting children. Here you’ll find information about how we, as a School and a community, lay the ground rules for keeping all of our children and young people safe.
Our website has lots of information about how to keep safe online see Online safety
What should I consider as a visitor?
If you are coming in to School (e.g. to meet a teacher, help in a lesson etc.) please sign in at the School Office and sign out at the end of your visit. We have a duty to record who is, and has been, in the School building at all times. You will be given a visitor lanyard to wear, please keep this on. Please turn off your mobile phone and keep it out of sight. Phones must not be accessed in a space where children are present (e.g. classroom, playground). Please do not take photographs of any children.
Please remember that parents, pupils, volunteers and visitors are not permitted to admit anyone into the building at any time, even if they recognise them. Only staff may let people into the building.
We ask that you remind yourself of respectful physical contact with children at School. If you are helping pupils with a task and this involves touching a pupil it is good practice to ask their permission first. A simple “may I?” before taking their hand for example. Some children, for cultural reasons, or because of an Additional Learning Need, find touch problematic.
- Miranda Knight is the designated Health and Safety Officer. Any concerns about Health and Safety should be reported to Miranda immediately.
- In the event of the fire alarm sounding while you in the building please leave the building by the nearest exit at once. Staff working with children will ensure their safe and timely exit. Muster points are 1. The Rear Playground, 2. Kindergarten Garden, 3. Front Yard.
- Do not tackle fire. Raise the alarm by smashing the glass/pressing the button at the nearest fire alarm point and leave the building.
- Risk assessments are carried out regularly and communicated to pupils and staff.
- Miranda Knight is our designated First Aider Officer.
- Some of our staff have pediatric first aid training and First Aid at Work training.
- If you or a child needs assistance, please inform a member of staff. Visitors should not treat children unless permission has been given. In an emergency do not hesi tate to call 999 for an ambulance.
- All accidents must be recorded in the accident book held in Kindergarten or the School Office
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – we rely on all those working with children to take any suspicions, allegations or concerns about a child seriously. It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect all children from physical, sexual and emotional harm and neglect.
All staff and volunteers are trained in Child Protection with training updated annually and in line with new guidance and legislation. All staff recruitment activity involves a staff member trained in Safer Recruitment, and all staff and volunteers must have suitability to work with children and undertake an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
You can speak in confidence with the Designated Senior Persons for Child Protection at any time. They are:
Designated Senior Person for Child Protection
Miranda Knight, School Administration Manager
Contact: 029 2056 7986 / 07969 140 390 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Designated Senior Person for Child Protection
Sarah Elliott, Class Teacher /Education Coordinator (Lower School)
Contact: 02920 567 986 email@example.com
Deputy Designated Senior Person for Child Protection
Jamie May, ALNco (Additional Learning Needs Coordinator)
Contact: 02920 567 986 firstname.lastname@example.org
Designated Trustee for Child Protection
Kate Attfield, Trustee
Contact 02920 567 986 email@example.com
If you feel the need to make a Child Protection Referral directly you may do so through the Cardiff Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on:
- 02920 536 490 between 08.30 and 17.00
- 02920 788 570 out of hours
If a child or young person tells you something that concerns you:
- Allow them to speak without interruption and accept what they say
- Never agree to keep information confidential
- Tell them you will help and that you must pass the information to the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection
- In all cases you must share your concerns with the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection immediately (or one of the Deputy Designated Senior Persons in their absence)
- Always record what you have been told (using the actual words said to you by someone else) and give the record to the Designated Senior Person – do not keep a copy for yourself
- If you receive an allegation of abuse involving a member of staff, a carer or a volunteer, including yourself inform the Designated Trustee responsible for child protection immediately
The following policies are related to Safeguarding and can be veiwed in our Policies Section:
- Child Protection Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Positive Learning Policy