We are always delighted to have parent/grandparent helpers in school.
The following explains our ‘volunteer recruitment procedure’, which reflects our obligations and best practice for the safeguarding of children.
For all volunteers planning to help out with our pupils in school – eg with reading or times tables – we will ask you to provide original identification and address documentation so that we can carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In certain circumstances – typically where you have lived or worked overseas in the past 5 years - we will require you to obtain a certificate of good conduct from the relevant authorities in that other country.
Additionally, since 2018 – to reflect changes in child safeguarding legislation and good practice – we also require all new volunteers to complete an application form which includes, among other things, details of two referees that we may contact.
You will then also need to attend a ‘briefing’ conducted by our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Claire Hann-Perkins or one of our Deputy DSLs (Mary Mundy/Neil Baker) covering in broad terms safeguarding responsibilities at Preshute and what to do if you have a concern about a child. We will also provide you with certain school policies to familiarise yourself with.
The exception to the above checks/briefing is where you help out only rarely – for example on a school trip or occasionally walking children down to the church - where you are supervised by a member of staff at all times.
We hope that the above processes do not deter you from putting your name forward for volunteering; rather we hope that you will see the processes as our commitment to keeping our pupils safe.
At intervals throughout the year, we conduct detailed training which outlines the themes behind the government’s main statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education” and the processes we follow. We expect all volunteers to attend this training (if you have not already done so) if they volunteer in school on a regular basis. The training will be repeated at intervals throughout the year to ensure that all volunteers are able to attend, and as new volunteers and staff come on board.
If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer or the volunteer process, please speak to our Interim Head, Mrs Claire Hann-Perkins, Mrs Mary Mundy or any of the office staff who will be able to answer your questions.
Next Safeguarding Training (3 hours) with Mrs Claire Hann-Perkins:9.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019. Please notify the school office if you will be attending.
Click here for latest version of the statutory guidance "Keeping Children Safe in Education" September 2019.
For other important documents, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Staff Behaviour Policy (which applies to all adults working and volunteering at Preshute Primary School), please refer to our Documents and Policies webpage.
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Preshute Church of England Primary School
High Street, Manton, Wiltshire.
01672 512 754
Head Teacher: Mrs Claire Hann-Perkins
Deputy Head Teacher and SENCO: Mrs Mary Mundy
Admin officer (Reception and Telephone): Mrs Ange Baldock