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Code of Conduct 
 

BROOKFIELDS SCHOOL

CODE OF CONDUCT
AIM
TO KEEP PUPILS AND STAFF SAFE AT ALL TIMES
BE AWARE

All staff have a duty to keep pupils safe and protect them from physical or emotional harm.

If child abuse is suspected, pass information, without delay to Jane Headland/ Brandon Mills.

Staff have a duty of care to themselves (Health & Safety At Work Act 1974).

All staff to read and be aware of Child Protection & Confidentiality Policies.

CONFIDENTIALITY

  ·         Do not share confidential information about a pupil with any person, other than on a professional need to know basis.

·         Never promise complete confidentiality to a pupil prior to, during, or after a disclosure.

·         Never pass on confidential information to “outsiders”, without first seeking guidance from SMT.

·         All data covered by the Data Protection Act should be treated in accordance with the Act i.e. with real care!


CONTACT & PHYSICAL CONTACT 

·         Do not give your personal details to pupils or parents.

·         Always use school e-mail address.

·         Any unwelcome communications from pupils or parents should be reported immediately.

Physical contact should never be

  • Secretive or for personal gratification
  • Of a type which may be considered indecent.

For some pupils staff will need to initiate physical contact for care, emotional support or safety needs.  Be self-aware and always follow guidelines in physical contact policy.


BROOKFIELDS SCHOOL IS A NO SMOKING SITE-DISCIPLINIARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN IF BREACHED

As a sustainable school all stakeholders should save energy and care for the school

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

·         Do not use physical intimidation or invade a pupil’s space.

·         Do not use force as a form of punishment.

·         Do not use sarcasm, demeaning or insensitive comments.

·         Always try to remain calm and defuse situations before they escalate.

·         Never try to bar a pupil’s ‘way’ or to physically prevent them from leaving a room unless it is done clearly for their safety or the safety of others.

POWER AND TRUST 

·         Do not use your power to intimidate, threaten, coerce or undermine pupils.

·         Do not engage in sexual activity with any pupil, Key Stage 5 included.

·         Be aware how your action may be viewed by others.

·         Do not be seen to be paying special attention to a particular pupil.

ONE TO ONE SITUATIONS 

·         Avoid meeting in remote, secluded areas of the school.

·         Ensure there is visual access and/or an open door.

·         Try to ensure other staff are around or at least aware of meetings.

·         Do not use engaged or equivalent signs.

·         If you have reason to be concerned prior to a meeting arrange for a colleague to be present.

PROPRIETY 

·         Do not behave in such a manner that would lead any reasonable person to question your suitability to work with children or act as a role model.

·         Do not make sexual remarks to a pupil or behave in any way which could be interpreted as sexually suggestive or provocative.

·         Do not discuss your own sexual preferences or sexual relationships with or in the presence of pupils.

·         Do not use pupil toilets when pupils in school

SHOWERS AND CHANGING 

Pupils are entitled to privacy therefore

·         Do not use pupil toilets when pupils in school

·         announce your intention of entering

·         avoid visually intrusive behaviour

·         only touch pupils where, due to their needs it is necessary, always follow guidelines in physical contact policy.

CONTROL AND PHYSICAL INTERVENTION 

·        Always try to diffuse situations without physical intervention.

·      You may intervene to prevent pupils from injuring themselves or others.  Only use reasonable force.

·      Follow SCIP policy and procedure.

·      Attend SCIP training and refreshers.

TRANSPORTING PUPILS

·         You should not transport pupils in your own vehicle, especially 1:1, without consent.

·         You should have a valid insurance.

·         Never transport a pupil to hospital in your own vehicle following an accident.  Call an ambulance.

·         When making a home visit always refer to the protocol.

DRESS & USE OF TECHNOLOGY 

·         Dress decently, safely and appropriately.

·         Avoid ties or jewellery if working with certain pupils (see dress code).

·         All mobile phones must be kept on ‘silent’ and only used during personal break times.

·         Please refer to ‘Safe Use of Internet’ agreements.

No chewing gum please.

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC & VIDEO IMAGES

·         Only record images where there is a justifiable need.

·         Ensure colleagues are aware you are recording.

·         Images may not be displayed without parental/carer consent.

·         No photos/videos of school events/activities should be taken by parents/carers/visitors without permission.

 

 
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