CHILD PROTECTION POLICIES AND PROTOCOL
Safeguarding – Generally ‘looking after’ the welfare of young people in our care
Child Protection – Protecting children from direct and/or harmful behavior
1. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO
Protect our students, the welfare of each student is foremost
Provide a secure and safe environment for our students so that they are protected from foreseeable harm and know that staff will act on their behalf.
Ensure that the principles of care, protection and safety are implemented.
Therefore, all children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs have rights and is to be protected from all types of abuse.
2. THIS POLICY APPLIES TO ALL PERSONNEL ASSOCIATED WITH
THE SCHOOL, WHO ARE ENGAGED IN SUSTAINED CONTACT WITH
All paid employees of the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Persons contracted externally to work with the students at school for sustained periods. This includes but is not limited to: visiting instructors, uniform shop personnel, workmen etc.
• According to United Arab Emirates Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 concerning child rights, also known as Wadeema's Law .The law protects children against all forms of negligence, exploitation, physical and psychological abuses.
• According to the Indian ‘Child Protection Act 1993’ abuse or neglect in relation to a child means:
Sexual abuse of the child
Physical abuse or emotional abuse or neglect of the child to the extent that the child has suffered or is likely to suffer
The child’s physical or psychological (mental) development is in peril.
All children have rights. No one can take away a child’s right to be safe
All children have a voice
All children have the right to be supported against bullies.
All children must feel they can tell an adult of any incident that frightens or confuses them or makes them unhappy.
All children must know that if they go to an adult for help, they will be listened to seriously and supported.
All children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safeguarded from harm
3. PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING COMPLAINTS
All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
If a parent or teacher wishes to register a complaint related to abuse or neglect they have various options including;
• Directly calling the school’s Principal 065663128
• The Principal must immediately inform the school counselor and nurse together they will determine the next steps to be taken. The Principal may need to verify dates, places and persons involved.
The preliminary information gathering;
1. Must not directly involve the person against whom the complaint is made
2. Must not take longer than 24 hours
3. The presumptions of innocence and the need of confidentiality will both be respected.
VIOLATIONS (include but not limited to)
Inappropriate comments about student’s appearance
Use of inappropriate pet names
Jokes of a sexual nature
Offensive gestures and languages
Facilitating access to pornographic material
1. Discussing personal details of lifestyle or self to others
2. Sharing of personal information about staff or students
RADIANT SCHOOL FIRST AID POLICY
First Aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries becoming major ones. Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations employers have to ensure that there are adequate and appropriate equipment and facilities for providing
FIRST AID IN THE WORK PLACE
Although these Regulations apply to the provision of First Aid for employees, schools need to consider carefully the likely risks to pupils and visitors and make allowances for them when drawing up a First Aid Policy.
Staff (teaching and non-teaching), pupils and visitors in schools may suffer injuries or fall ill, our aim is to ensure that they receive immediate attention and that an ambulance is called in serious cases.
THE MINIMUM FIRST AID PROVISION
1. A suitable stocked First Aid box
2. An Appointed Person to take charge of First Aid arrangements.
The Appointed Person is Mrs Sheetal
3. Provision of information to employees on First Aid arrangements Radiant School endeavours to meet and supplement these minimum requirements following a risk assessment.
First Aid provision will be available on school premises and off the premises whilst on school visits.
THE FIRST AID BOX- There are 7 First Aid Boxes in RADIANT SCHOOL:
Ground floor supervisors
First floor supervisors
First Aid boxes will contain items which a First Aider has been trained to use.
First Aid Box will contain:
List of Contents
One guidance card
A list of essential telephone numbers
20 individually wrapped sterile dressings (assorted sizes)
2 sterile eye pads, with attachment
6 individually wrapped triangular bandages
· Safety pins
6 medium individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings
2 large individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings
3 extra large individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings
Individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes
Tablets or medicines will not be kept in the First Aid box.
Ice packs are available in the freezer in the School Clinic.
Before undertaking any off site activities an assessment will be made of what level of First Aid provision is needed.
First Aid Box will be checked on a regular basis and restocked as required.
All staff are informed of the First Aid arrangements. This includes the location of equipment, facilities and First Aid personnel, and the procedures for monitoring and reviewing the schools’ First Aid needs.
All First Aid boxes will be marked with a white cross on a green background.
Rooms which have these will also have a sign on the door.
All staff in Radiant School will take precautions to avoid infection and must follow basic hygiene procedures.
Staff will have access hand washing facilities and should take care when dealing with blood or other body fluids and disposing of dressings or equipment.
In the case of pupils who are feeling unwell, the class teacher will use their own judgement in deciding a course of action. This will either be keeping them in class while monitoring the situation or sending them to the School Clinic, so that a parent can be contacted to come and collect them.
A child who has had a simple accident will receive care and attention from the class teacher/classroom assistant/lunchtime supervisor using their own judgement and a ‘common sense approach’.
If they are concerned they will send the child to the School Clinic.
The Designated First Aider who treated the pupil will use their own judgement in deciding a course of action.
If the Designated First Aider is happy that there has been no serious injury the child will be sent back to class and the class teacher will monitor the situation.
If the Designated First Aider decides that a pupil would be more comfortable at home or is concerned about the severity of their injury then a parent will be contacted by the secretary.
If the parent is not available, the List of Contacts will be used in their preference order.
If no-one can be contacted then the child will remain in school until someone can be contacted or home time.
In the case of a severe injury where first aid is required and a parent cannot be contacted the school will transport the child to the nearest clinic for first aid.
A parent will always be informed in writing if their child receives First Aid.
This will be the responsibility of the Designated First Aider who treated the pupil using the agreed Pro forma.
Please Note: All significant bumps to the head will be referred to a Designated First Aider.
RADIANT SCHOOL will keep a record of any First Aid treatment given by First Aiders. This will include: * the date, time and place of the incident * the name, class and teacher of the injured pupil * details of the injury/illness and what First Aid was given * what happened to the person immediately afterwards (eg. Sent home, resumed normal duties, went back to class, went to hospital) * name and signature of the First Aider dealing with the incident.
All staff accidents will be reported to the Principal immediately and recorded in a separate Staff Accident Book kept by the Principal.
An Incident Record File which will be used for less serious accidents and incidents.
RADIANT SCHOOL fall into the lower risk category and the provision provided in RADIANT SCHOOL is based on a Risk Assessment.
Risk assessment considers:
The size of the school
The lay-out of the school
The number of First Aid personnel
The proximity of the school to emergency services
First Aid provision for off-site activities ie. school trips
Provision during lunch-times and breaks
This Policy will be reviewed and updated as necessary
There is a clear link between high levels of attendance and better achievement. Your child’s progress, development and success depend on a number of factors.
One of these is regular attendance.
What does the law say?
The law states that all children of compulsory school age must be given a suitable full-time education.
What are your responsibilities as a Career/Parent?
You are responsible for making sure your child regularly attends school. This still applies even if your child is missing school without your knowledge.
What if my child is ill and can’t come to school?
Please call us as soon as possible to let us know. It is our policy to call/text home if we don’t hear from you. You should also tell us beforehand if your child is likely to be out of school for a long period. In this case, we may ask you to provide a note from your doctor or hospital to confirm the absence. Teachers can then set your child work to do from home.
Do I need to give you notice for medical appointments?
Please try to avoid arranging doctors, dentists and similar appointments during school hours.
Where this is not possible, let us know as soon as you can.
School begins at 7.25am. If students arrive late, this will be recorded and will be followed up by school staff who will issue detentions.
Students who arrive after the register closes (7.25am), with no valid reason, then this will be recorded as an unauthorized absence. Absence due to exceptional circumstances
Legislation now states that children can only take holidays in term time in exceptional circumstances.
What do I do if I need to apply for an absence in term time?
Please contact the Principal directly to discuss potential absence from school. The Principal will give guidance and if necessary issue you with an Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances Referral Form. If student is absent for one day he/she has to write a leave note in the Diary (Leave Record) and if student is absent for more than one day he/she has to provide School medical Certificate from the Doctor.
Attendance policy as per UAE norms if a student is consecutively absent for 20 days without intimation or prior notice the students name can be removed/ strike off from the school record.
A minimum of 90% attendance is required by
each student to be promoted to next higher class.
Behaviour Management Policy
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment: Jim Rohn
At Radiant School-Sharjah rules are provided as guidelines to help each student develop self-discipline. The intention is have each student (from KG to Grade 10) become aware of the importance of self-control and to take responsibility for his or her own actions and how they may affect others around them.
The school`s authority takes precedence once the student is within the school grounds, weaning the school`s uniform or representing the school at functions. Students should realize and accept that the reputation of the school is dependent on the behavior of each and every member of the school community.
At Radiant we foster a welcoming and caring environment, where students feel comfortable, we promote self-acceptance and respect, respect for ones self, peers, staff and property. Each student is shown the utmost respect and is expected to reciprocate. We provide a challenging yet supportive environment where students can learn, academically and socially in an engaging setting and reach ones full potential.
We believe that self-actualization can occur through the development of positive relationships based on mutual respect, the fostering of self-discipline and self-esteem. It is imperative that students realize and accept the uniqueness and rights of every individual present within the school community. Through this acceptance they can work together achieving greater heights.
It is equally important that teachers and non-teaching staff establish a connection with students, as learning cannot readily take place without mutual understanding, empathy and respect.
The aim is to;
1. To develop a caring school community where students can learn without any forms of barrier
2. Implement a consistent approach to discipline, where each student understands the consequences that come with breaking rules and that no one is immune.
3. Teaching and non-teaching staff being positive role models, modeling the appropriate behavior students should learn.
4. Help students learn how to manage their feelings. Students learn how to express themselves in a positive manner becoming assertive and not aggressive.
5. Provide students with a clear set of rules, detailing appropriate behavior for inside and outside the classroom and the consequences and rewards supporting said rules
6. Provide a happy, secure environment, where children are encouraged to develop social skills to help them be
accepted and welcome in society as they grow and develop
7. Intervening in play if the behavior exhibited is offensive, racist, unsafe or leads to bullying
8. Being positive role models; as children learn behavior from adults
9. Provide teachers with a clear plan of action when faced with students who exhibit behavioral problems or prone to conflicts.
In order to achieve this and be successful in our endeavors it is expected that all member of the school community should be prepared at all times and will work diligently and responsibly and always be mindful of the overall school community, property, space and the possession of others. Additionally it is the schools responsibility to model the behavior it expects the students to learn, ensuring that the particular behavior is not disruptive to others, while keeping the environment clean, safe and neat.
Guidelines for Students
As previously started, the school has jurisdiction over students once they are on the compound, wearing the uniform or representing the institution at a function. Outside of this, the school expects that the parents will take full responsibility for the child`s behavior and will assist them by developing the essence of responsibility, self- control, consideration and respect for others.
Expectations for Students
I. Students are expected to be courteous to staff (both teaching and non-teaching) and other students
II. Students are expected to arrive before the school gate closes at 7:25 a.m.
III. Students are expected to respect the property of the school, staff and students
IV. Students are expected to arrive on time for classes equipped with books and the correct equipment to aid learning
V. No student should interfere with the learning environment of others
VI. Students are to enter classroom only with the permission of the teacher
VII. Students are expected to complete all assigned tasks within the time frame allotted
VIII. Students are expected to have their diary everyday as this is used for assignments and a communicative tool between teachers and parents
IX. Food may not be consumed outside of the specified time without permission from teacher
X. Items that have the potential to harm other students may not be carried to school
XI. Students are not permitted to have gadgets (mobiles and tabs etc.) at school
XII. Students are expected to behave in a fair and honorable manner at all times
Dress and Appearance
Students and Parents should ensure that the guidelines to the dress code are followed:
I. Full and correct school uniform or sports uniform (when required) must be worn to school each day
II. Uniforms must be neat, properly fitted and clean
III. Students are not permitted to wear make-up or nail polish
IV. For safety reason students must remove all jewelry when engaging in play, care of this is the students own responsibility
V. Boys hair length must be appropriate, older boys should be clean shaven
VI. Girls should wear two pony tails
Academic Behavioural Problems and Guidelines
These are dealt with in class as oftentimes students experience difficulty in grasping a concept or failure to complete assigned tasks. Failure to do an in class task or submit homework is classified as an academic behavioral problem. The teacher implement strategies to help students learn and or to motivate them to complete class or homework. Disciplinary intervention comes into effect if the student constantly sits in class without finishing classwork or fail to hand in assignments.
Consequences for academic difficulties are not usually punitive, teachers normally communicate with parents using the diary. However, if this negative behavior escalates parents are called in to meet with teacher and school counselor to find a suitable way going forward to help the students.
In some instances Individual Education plans (IEP) are created and implemented to counteract barriers to learning. Students who experience difficult grasping content taught, benefits from the IEP as different approaches are taken to teach content on an individual basis to ensure learning.
Whenever there are behavioural issues in class it is dealt with firstly by the in class teacher. Depending on the infraction a verbal warning is given and parents are notified via the diary. If this behavior escalates or remains unchanged it is brought to the attention of the grade supervisor, a second verbal warning is issued and the student is referred to the student counselor. The counselor meets with the student to establish a timeline for the behavior and what is causing this behavior to occur. The counselor observes the student randomly during classes and a report filed, the counselor makes contact with the parents for a meeting regarding the behavior and to determine a plan of action.
If the child is at risk of injuring himself /herself, peers and damage to school property then the Principal is notified. The student is observed more intently and extensive communication established with parents. The counselor meets with the student on a daily basis and more intensive strategies implemented. Depending on the infraction a written warning may be issued and a copy placed on file.
Suspension or expulsion is the physical removal of the student from the school, this method is rarely used, but used whenever required. The Principal is the only person within school with the authority to exercise such sanction, before this extreme the Principal meets with parents on several occasions and tries all
strategies at the schools disposal before such drastic measure is taken.
Positive behavior is modeled by staff, both teaching and non-teaching
I. A points reward system is in place to encourage positive individual behavior, points recorded by classroom teacher
II. Social reinforcement used by classroom teacher- words of praise
III. Merit awards
V. Positive notes of Praise in homework diary
Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour
I. Verbal warning
II. Parents notified about undesirable behavior
III. Written warning
IV. Deduction of points from behavior chart
V. Reported to grade supervisor
VI. Reported to Principal
VII. Suspension (depending on the severity of the behavior and as a last resort)
The school constantly reevaluates and ratifies disciplinary procedures; the students and parents are made aware of the changes and procedures in place to deal with unwanted behavior. The Principal and staff take into consideration the needs of the students, how their needs change and plan for the long-term how to accommodate these changes. Teachers are
provided with strategies to effectively meet the specific needs of students who display challenging behavior.
Teachers are expected to be consistent when dealing with students, apply relevant strategies when needed and to ensure that no student is over looked or goes unsupported. This is done in an effort to provide a positive and effective learning environment. Teachers are expected to report through relevant channels and ensure all personnel are kept abreast of all developments, communicating any concerns they may have to the relevant people who can provide the necessary assistance. Teachers are expected to maintain a level of confidentiality at all times, sharing information on a need to know basis only.
It is expected that students accept responsibility for their actions and accept the consequences in a dignified manner regardless of how sever they may be. The school expects that parents will work closely with the school as only through the combined effort of home and school will any meaningful change occur.
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL POLICY
To be able to achieve the most out of instructional time and maintain an orderly and safe school environment Radiant school has instituted strict procedures for students arrival and dismissal. In order to maintain a safe environment everyone involved should be mindful and respectful of our procedures as this is the only way that we as a school can ensure a safe and efficient experience for those involved.
• There are two (2) teachers on duty starting at 6:30 AM.
• Students are not permitted to enter the building before 7:20AM. KG- Grade 10 students assemble in the main waiting area located at the covered courtyard at the administrative office, bus students assemble in the rear courtyard (girl’s playground) before entering their classrooms.
• Students are considered late if they arrive after 7:25AM. The names of the late comers are written in the later register by the School Counselor. If upper school students are late five (5) times for the month their names are submitted to the Principal and she meets with them. For the lower school student the School Counselor meets with the parents.
• Lower school students are not permitted to enter their classrooms without their teachers present.
• All own transport students are required to enter through the main entrance of the school
• Parents should never park at the main entrance they should remain in their vehicle and be prepared to depart quickly when student(s) exit the vehicle.
• The bus entrance is constantly monitored and the gate is locked after the last bus arrives each morning.
• Students are required to exit the building through the main entrance/exit doors.
• KG ends at 11:30 AM daily the rest of the school goes until 2:00PM
• Teachers on duty and school nannies take bus students directly to the buses.
• Each bus has a nanny who ensures the safety of the children
• Parents are required to go directly to the KG department to collect their ward. The teachers and KG supervisor will give the child directly to the parent.
• Teachers are constantly monitoring the corridors
• Bus transport students line- up from grades 1-10 (girls and boys separately) and go first followed by own transport students in the same order
• Two teachers are assigned in the waiting area to monitor own transport students
• Two exists are used during dismissal one for the boys and the other for female students
• Parents are allowed to enter the main gate to collect their wards however, this must be done as quickly as possible
• Parents are not allowed to park at the main entrance, if they wish to conduct business in the administrative office then they should ensure that they are parked away from the main entrance or come in at least thirty minutes before dismissal.
• For those students who are picked-up after 2:20PM parents are required to sign the late register, this is with the teacher on duty.
• If a parent wishes to collect his/her child early from school they must notify the school in advance; in person, this must be done by writing. They must provide a reason for their early departure, and the time they wish to collect their child. Permission will be given based on the Principal’s discretion, therefore based on your reasons given the Principal has the right to grant or deny your request.
• In the case of an appointment, e.g. dental/doctor please makes every effort to schedule them after 2:00 PM. If you are unable to schedule after 2:00PM then proof of your appointment must be submitted.
• Once early leave is granted then the parent/guardian must sign the pupil out from the office in the sign out book.
At Radiant we believe in equality, kindness, tolerance and respect and it is from this platform that we have developed our anti-bullying policy. We are committed to protecting our students and to respond appropriately when bullying does occur. It is our belief that for learning to take place we must create a happy, supportive, caring and safe environment and bullying erodes this, causing insecurity and discomfort.
The anti-bullying initiative is continuous throughout the school year and it is presented though our teachers, nurse, school counselor and extensively through our curriculum in subjects like moral education.
At Radiant we believe that:
Each student has the right to feel safe and secure and to learn in a positive and comfortable environment.
Each student has the right to be valued and treated with respect
Each student has the right to express him or herself and should feel secure doing so
Each student has the right to be valued for his or her own individuality
It is imperative that the school community including parents be aware of what we stand for and the impact bullying has on an individual.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
This is a deliberate action to harm someone who does not have the power to stop it. This can be in the form of verbal, physical, social or psychological aggression by a single person or a group directed towards an individual or group.
Types of Bullying
Social Exclusion- Segregation of a person by an individual or group
Verbal abuse- This include insults name calling (any form of teasing) or jokes and spreading rumors
Violence- Becoming physical or threatening to become physical
Discrimination (of any kind) – Targeting people because they are different
Cyber bullying- Sending threatening or condescending messages online or via smart devices (A separate policy has been created to address cyber-bullying).
Non-verbal signals – The use of offensive gestures
MEASURES IN PLACE FOR BULLYING
Prefects are used at Radiant to monitor lines and playground before the beginning of school, during break and at dismissal time. When prefects monitor lines we have less incidents occurring and students feel comfortable to report incidents if it does occur.
There are always two (2) teachers on duty before school begins and at dispersal time. Teachers take their supervision duties seriously, therefore students are discouraged to act out negatively.
There is always a teacher present in the class, if a subject teacher is absent then a proxy is sent to the class.
The class teacher sits in class during break time
If students are being bullied they are aware of how and whom to report the matter to. They report to the class teacher or subject teacher present, the school nurse or the school counselor. Once a report is made the matter is investigated thoroughly and acted upon.
Anti-bullying is also taught through the curriculum, Moral Education classes are held from KG-Grade 10.
The Principal makes visits to classes (with the highest reported incidents) to speak with students.
The school deals firmly with bullies so that they stop the bullying or
leave the school
Counseling and support for students who have been bullied
Meeting with students to work things out, teaching students how to cooperate with each other
Increased supervision for at risk areas such as playground, buses, corridors and stairs during break and dismissal time.
Parents are notified about the behavior of the bully and a meeting held with the parents, grade supervisor, class teacher and school counselor.
Warning letters are issued from Grades 3-10 to students who bully others. After three (3) warning letters then a suspension is given. Depending on the severity of the infraction a direct suspension can be given.
It is important that students take responsibility for their actions, and the first step to making amends is having the student (bully):
Own up to what he/she has done
Understand how the student who got hurt might be feeling
Understand and accept the consequences of his/her actions
Apologize to the person you have hurt.
These students are monitored by the class teacher, school nurse, and school counselor.
It is imperative that once this behavior is identified the correct action be taken, the more it goes unaddressed then the likelihood of it intensifying increases.