Clearly an expectation but also, we believe, a benefit - when you work through Teaching Personnel you are working through an agency whose biggest department is its vetting department. Not only our biggest department, but our most important. Our focus on vetting and pupil safeguarding means you are joining an agency that is recognised by schools for stringent processes targeted at keeping children safe in education. This is just one reason why more and more schools choose Teaching Personnel.
To ensure we all do everything possible to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils, please review our expectations and your responsibilities as outlined below.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Teachers and teaching assistants working through Teaching Personnel should ensure they:
- Protect children from any form of harm or from maltreatment
- Provide a safe environment where children can learn
- Identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm and take appropriate action
- Only use physical restraint and reasonable force in very exceptional circumstances and only as a last resort
Safe Working Practice
All staff working in schools will be expected to make judgements about their behaviour in order to secure the best interests and welfare of the children in their charge. In doing this, it is important that you understand which behaviours constitute safe practice and which behaviours should be avoided. Teaching Personnel staff should:
- Refrain from giving their personal contact details to children or young people, including their mobile telephone number and details of any blogs, social media profiles or personal websites
- Only use equipment e.g. mobile phones, provided by the organisation to communicate with children, making sure that parents have given permission for this form of communication to be used
- Ensure that relationships with children and young people clearly take place within the boundaries of a respectful professional relationship
- Avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions
Health and Safety
The Health and Safety Act 1974 imposes a duty on employees to take care of themselves and anyone else who may be affected by their actions or failings. As an adult with a duty of care towards children, the need to be vigilant and maintain a responsible attitude towards safety in schools is paramount. All Teaching Personnel staff should ensure they:
- Are aware of specific health and safety polices, fire and accident procedures in their places of work
- Report any accident or health and safety incident to a relevant member of staff
- Ensure they have the right training and qualifications required should they wish to administer first aid and/or any agreed medication.
While any qualified teacher can undertake general supervision in schools, there are certain subjects where staff should ensure that they have the relevant qualifications, experience and training before undertaking (e.g. Physical Education, Design Technology, Resistant Materials, Food Technology).
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