Safer working for Candidates
M2 Education’s priority for all candidates is the safety and well-being of you and the children you work with. All candidates that come into contact with children and young people in their work have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare.
When working for M2 Education we expect all candidates to be fully aware of the school’s policy on safeguarding and take the time and effort to make sure the children in your care are safe at all times as well as making sure that you remain safe while at work.
We maintain strict vetting checks on all of our candidates that we register to ensure that we keep within the standards of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022.
Keeping yourself and children safe
We take the safeguarding of all children very seriously whilst also ensuring that our candidates are also well protected. School staff are integral within a school as they can identify any concerns early and provide a safe space for children to receive the help that they need.
This is why we ask that all candidates should:
- listen to the child without over-questioning them or taking a statement from them
- report your concerns immediately to the Nominated Person for Safeguarding or the headteacher
- make a record of the disclosure including what was said (word for word if possible); the date and time of the incident and disclosure details; and the author’s name.
Don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position
Under normal circumstances, you should never be on your own with a pupil, however, if you cannot avoid it, don’t leave yourself vulnerable. Make sure the classroom door is open and try to seek the attention of other teachers or staff, Ensure that you don’t black any exits and don’t place yourself between the child and the door. In no situation should there be any physical contact with a child, as even a hand on the shoulder could be misconstructed by some children.
Manage behaviour carefully
Whenever you work in a new school, familiarise yourself with the school’s behavioural policy and stick to it. The policy is likely to remind you that you should deal with the behaviour as the issue and not the child. If for whatever reason you need to send a child out of the classroom, don’t speak to them alone in the corridor, safety can be maintained if you make sure there are witnesses to your conversation and the actions that you have undertaken. Remember to speak quietly, calmly and with professionalism at all times.
Protect your personal details and your social networks
You should never give out your personal details to pupils or request them from students. This includes telephone numbers, personal email addresses and any social network account names. You should not try to contact or respond to messages via social networks from pupils and report any attempts to contact you to the school or ourselves immediately. One simple way in which you can protect yourself is to restrict who can view or contact you via the privacy settings on your social media profile(s).
Even with these settings in place, you must always assume that any information that you post online is posted into the public domain and is viewable by anyone, so with that in mind, please act accordingly. This also applies to any comments you make on pages or posts on social networks too.
Understand the definitions of misconduct
Harassment/verbal misconduct includes any action(s) and practice(s) by an individual or group which are directed at others, and which may comprise remarks or actions associated with a person’s gender, race, disability, sexuality, class, age, medical status, personality or other aspects of them. Humiliation and belittlement towards a student with comments or actions are also included under harassment/verbal misconduct.
Every Child Matters
We encourage all our candidates to adopt the principles from the government’s Every Child Matters document on the reform and improvement of child care and promote safer working. By following these guidelines, together, we can ensure all pupils are given the opportunity to enjoy school, achieve academically and grow personally as well as socially.
Health and Safety
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 urges employees to take care of themselves and others whilst working ensuring that they are following a safer working in practice when in school. As a member of staff working within education, you have a duty of care towards children, so you need to be vigilant and hold responsibility for any health and safety concerns in school.
All candidates that work for M2 Education should ensure that they:
Make yourself aware of the Health and Safety policy, fire exits, as well as the correct procedures, should an incident occur in your place of work
Make sure that you report and document any accidents or incidents that happen within work, either to yourself or others
Ensure that, if you are in a short-term or long-term position you have the correct training and qualifications should you need to administer first aid and/or any medication that has been agreed upon with the school