Health and safety
In accordance with its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the School has a duty to ensure the health and safety of pupils and others affected by the School’s operations, so far as is practicable.
The school will do so by taking a sensible, proportionate and holistic approach to management of health and safety issues in accordance with the school’s obligations and its health and safety policies.
If a child has a medical need or recovering from an operation/injury the school will request a care plan to be completed with the parent.
- Staff are appropriately trained to deal with pupil welfare issues
- Where concerns about a pupil’s welfare are identified, the risks are appropriately managed through a care plan written up with the parent
- Staff, pupils and parents and others are consulted, where appropriate, to find practical solutions to welfare issues
- Standards of pupil welfare at Chesterfield are regularly monitored both at an individual level and globally to identify trends and issues of concerns and to improve systems to manage these.
- Where a concern about a pupil’s welfare is identified, the risk to that pupil’s welfare will be assessed, appropriate action will be taken to reduce the risks identified, this will be recorded and then regularly monitored and reviewed.
- Care plans will be stored securely and confidentially. The information obtained through this process and the action agreed will then be shared, as appropriate, with other staff, in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of a particular child or of pupils generally.
- Care plans relating to individual pupils will be held on their pupil records
Medications - At Chesterfield Primary School, we support children needing certain medications and administer/support administration according to our guidelines. The following guidelines are based on advice from the Enfield Local Authority Health and Safety team and from Government guidelines:
- Where clinically possible, medicines should be prescribed in doses frequencies, which enable them to be taken outside school hours.
- School’s do not have to administer medication.
- Schools should only accept prescribed medicines that are in-date, labelled, provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include instructions for administration, dosage and storage. The exception to this is insulin, which must still be in date, but will generally be available to schools inside an insulin pen or a pump, rather than in its original container.
- We will only administer medication when a parent completes a request for medication form available from the school.
Sickness- If your child has had vomiting/diarrhoea they must remain at home for 48 hours from the last episode to avoid spreading the virus.
Head lice- if your child has head lice, we can give you advice on how this can be treated.
There are some useful links to websites below that may be of interest.
NHS advice line: