Keeping Pupils Safe

Safeguarding

The school has a 'Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy' in place in accordance with LEA guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures.


The policy is available to parents on request from the school office or can be downloaded here or from Ivanhoe Policies.


The staff with responsibility for dealing with safeguarding are Faye Denigan and Vicky Sedgwick.


Covid Risk Assessment

Covid Risk Assessment for September 2021

The government has expressed its intentions in a revised guidance that came into schools after July 19th 2021 in preparation for the start of the new school term in September 2021.

As the country moves to Step 4 of the roadmap, the government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government's response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone's day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people's education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September.

Our priority is for you to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.

These are the main changes in our risk assessment prior to July 19th 2021:

  • The government no longer recommends bubbles in schools.
  • Settings only needed to do contact tracing up to and including 18 July. Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.
  • Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas. The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet.
  • You should have outbreak management plans outlining how you would operate if there were an outbreak in your school or local area. Given the detrimental impact that restrictions on education can have on children and young people, any measures in schools should only ever be considered as a last resort, kept to the minimum number of schools or groups possible, and for the shortest amount of time possible. (We would follow the Doncaster Council Model Risk Assessment included in this link).
  • We are advised to continue with these mitigation measures: Ensure good hygiene for everyone; maintain appropriate cleaning regimes; keep occupied spaces well ventilated; follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Thus, the day-to-day risk assessment is much shorter (though a change in circumstances might see us reverting to many of the procedures of the previous, much more detailed risk assessment - or indeed to the Outbreak Management Plan)

Covid Risk Assessment Documents

We have taken school timings out of the Risk Assessment as they are no longer part of the Covid strategy.

The risk assessment is a living document, so it will be expected to continue to change as the school year continues.

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