All medication is routinely administered by trained First Aiders but in emergencies may be authorised by designated members of staff. Medication is kept under lock and key in a central place in the school office or the first aid lockable cabinet in the staff room.
· For the safety of all the community, students are not allowed to carry medicines in school.
· Medications in the cabinets are all clearly labelled to identify the student it belongs to. Names are checked carefully and instructions read before a record of any administration is noted.
Some rescue medications are required to be kept refrigerated. These are kept in a clearly marked area of the refrigerator.
· All medication is checked regularly for expiry dates, and parents contacted to replace if necessary.
· Inhalers are kept in a designated area in each class where children can have access under supervision.
· Instructions for administration of medicines are kept with the medication/ Care Plan.
· The Staff are briefed by the school nurse regularly about students with medical needs. Additional training for staff or first aiders is arranged via the school nurse or specialist nurse practitioners.
· A Care Plan is drawn up in conjunction between the parents, child and medical professional. The school nurse does a home visit and a meeting is called in school when the plan is agreed and signed by responsible staff.
· All Class Teachers have a copy of every Care Plan for their year group and this information is shared with relevant staff. This information is kept in a locked safe place.
· Care Plans are held centrally in the SEND office. They are reviewed by the School Nurse at least annually or if circumstances change.
· Advice and guidance to staff regarding a medical emergency is in the staff handbook.
· There are regular visits from the school nurse, Speech and Language services, ELCAS workers, ACORN Educational Psychology Service, counsellor support.
· In school, there is targeted ELSA provision for children in all years to deal with short term requirements.
· There are clear procedures for visitors and to prevent intruders in school.
School use the ‘InVentry’ system, which require visitors to book in and out and they are provided with a sticker with their photograph on.
· The only way that visitors gain entry (other than during breakfast club) is via the main entrance, where they sign in using the Inventry System which produces an identity badge including a photograph of the visitor for them to display at all times.
· When a child is a safeguarding risk, a full risk assessment will be undertaken. This is done with the SENDCo and Headteacher or DSL to review the nature of the risk. Transition Arrangements also identify any particular requirement for risk assessment. The SENDCo is involved in induction of new staff.
· Where appropriate for pupils with SEND, e.g. Autism, Downs Syndrome, a full risk assessment is made when a place at school is confirmed. This is subject to regular review and/or when need changes with the staff and SENDCo.
· The school’s anti-bullying policy is available by a direct link on the school website and hard copies are available on request. Staff and children are regularly updated through assemblies, including cyber-bullying.
· All children have regular digital safety lessons.
· All parents and carers have to complete an ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ ate the start of every academic year.