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Child Safety Week 2021 – What Are The Most Effective Ways To Keep Children Safe In School?

To mark child safety week this year, we would like to share some of the most effective methods and measures for keeping children safe in schools. As an experienced school safeguarding provider, we’ve discovered which ways are the most successful at not only keeping schools safer and more secure, but also at helping staff and students to feel safer and more comfortable in their environment.

 

Site & Perimeter Security

Maintaining a secure school perimeter is essential to its safety. Installing sufficient perimeter security will help to prevent students from leaving the site without permission, and will help keep unauthorised members from accessing school grounds.

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The best ways to keep your perimeter safe and secure include the following:

 

Proper fencing
Creating a school perimeter with solid fencing will help to establish a school’s boundaries. It will make it harder for students to leave the site at dangerous exit points, to leave during school hours when they don’t have permission, and harder for unauthorised members to access the site during the day.

Access control barriers/gates
Installing access controls in high traffic areas of the school can allow staff to enter safely at all times of the day, including over weekends and during school holidays. It can also effectively prevent unknown members from entering, without securing permission to do so first. This is especially useful now that schools are trying to limit their capacity to remain safe during Covid-19.

CCTV cameras
CCTV camera systems are great for monitoring site activity when no staff are there, and act as a strong deterrent to vandalism, theft and unauthorised access attempts. When coupled with our remote monitoring systems, they can be used to monitor and give verbal warnings to anyone who might be trying to access the site.

Safeguarding officers
By employing extra staff as safeguarding officers, you’ll have someone you can rely on to deal with situations, help to organise students, and help to secure the site. Aegis’s fully trained safeguarding officers are capable of dealing with and providing support for a huge range of scenarios. Whether it’s dealing with an incident discretely, supporting staff during busy events, or helping to secure busy access points, safeguarding officers can provide great all around support for your school.

 

Safety Drills & Emergency Procedures

Another crucial aspect to keeping children (and staff) safe at school is emergency procedure systems, with sufficient planning and training. In the unlikely event that an emergency incident occurs at school, all staff and children should clearly understand what to do in order to safely deal with the situation at hand.

What exactly should you take into consideration?

 

Security and fire alarms
Are there enough around the school site, are they tested frequently and do they all work? It’s key to make sure that your school’s alarm systems are extensive, fully functional and effective in order to keep your site, staff and students safe. By carrying out regular checks, having someone test your alarms, and having them upgraded when necessary, you’ll be prepared for any emergencies.

Planning
Create extensive plans that make clear exactly what to do in an emergency, where to go, and safest ways for people to exit the building.

Staff training
Staff should be trained properly and regularly so that they are able to lead in an emergency situation. All staff members should be aware of what their role is, what emergency procedures there are and exactly how they should be carried out.

Drills
Whole school drills should be carried out on a regular basis, for a range of emergency procedures, so that every single person knows what to do in each situation.

 

Covid-19 Safety

Since last year, schools now have an extra responsibility – making sure that children remain safe and careful to avoid unnecessary spread of Covid-19. Keeping large groups of students organised can be a difficult task, but it’s key to providing a safe education in 2021.

Some ways in which you can minimise the risk of Covid-19 in your school include:

 

Covid-19 marshals
Utilising extra staff to act as safety marshals can help to keep students apart, organise groups properly and prevent large gatherings in small areas of the school.

Signage
By implementing extra signage on walls and floors around the school, you can clearly outline where students should and should not go. It’s an effective and easy way to direct students and close off certain areas of your school.

Specialised cleaning
Creating a specialised cleaning schedule with the use of disinfectants that help to kill the virus can minimise the risk of spread dramatically.

Reducing class sizes
By reducing class sizes, students can maintain a safe distance from each other, even within smaller classrooms. Consider breaking up classes, staggering break and start times, and seating students further apart.

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