At Drayton Park, we think our duty to keep children safe is of paramount importance. We fulfill this duty in the following ways:
First Aid and Medicines: We have a team of trained first aiders at school. Whenever first aid has been administered to your child, we will inform you at the end of the day. If an injury is more serious, we will contact you immediately. Please note that it is very important that we have up to date contact details for you, so we can call you if need be.
We can administer medicines to children, although we require you to complete a sign a permission form. For more information, read our policy on Supporting Children with Medical Conditions below.
Health and Safety: A team of senior staff oversees health and safety at Drayton Park. Our health and safety practices are audited by Islington every year, and governors oversee our practice. All spaces around the school, key pieces of playground equipment and trips are risk assessed.
Emergencies: The school has an emergency plan. We hold fire drills at least termly and report the results to the Governing Body.
Vetting and Inducting Staff: All permanent staff at Drayton Park are fully DBS checked. This is also true of all agency staff we employ, colleagues from other organisations who work with us at school and our long-term volunteers. Systems are in place to ensure that contractors and short-term volunteers are always accompanied by school staff during the working day. All recruitment decisions are overseen by a senior member of staff, trained in safer recruitment. All staff and volunteers undergo a full induction process. All staff are aware of the school's whistle blowing policy and procedures. We work closely with Islington's LADO whenever safeguarding concerns are raised about members of staff.
All visitors to the school must sign in at the school office and sign out when they leave. They must wear a visitor's pass whilst on site. We will challenge any unknown adults we see in school.
Internet Safety: There are strong controls and safety systems on our school computer network. All internet use by children is overseen by members of staff. Pupils are not allowed to have mobile phones during the school day. We actively teach children how to be safe online. We also run e-safety sessions for parents, with support from Islington's community police team. You can find out more about internet safety here.
Child Protection: We consider our respsonsibilities to protect children from abuse to be paramount. We will act on all child protection concerns, including those relating to physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, children who are missing or in private fostering arrangements, FGM and radicalisation. The borough have produced a leaflet for parents about extremism and radicalisation, which you can download below. All child protection concerns that emerge in school are recorded and passed onto the designated person for child protection in school. All staff in school receive safeguarding training annually and a team of senior school managers receive a higher level of training. All staff are have read the DfE guidance, Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education. The designated person for child protection at Drayton Park is the headteacher.
We will always seek advice from Children's Social Care (CSC) when we have a child protection concern and this may lead to referral. Unless advised not to by CSC, we will inform parents when we make referrals. We know that a referral to CSC can be very distressing for families. It is worth noting that Islington CSC receive on average 1000 referrals a month from individuals and organisations across the borough. 40% of these are deemed to require no further action and only 20% lead to direct action by social services. We actively support a culture in which all concerns are taken seriously and investigated. We make no assumptions about families based on their ethnicity, culture, faith, social group or our current relationship with them. We assume child protection concerns can emerge in any community in the school.
We maintain strong relationships with a range of external organisations, including other schools, health service providers and the police. We work collaboratively on all safeguarding issues. We run regular events for parents, in which we inform them about our approach to child protection and encourage the whole community to work collaboratively to keep our children safe.
Please find key school policies and procedures below.