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School Policies
Our Place School:

Education Method
Policies at Our Place Schools
Personal Care
Safeguarding
Bullying
Equal opportunities and valuing diversity
Religious and Cultural Observance
Missing Person and Runaway procedure
Promoting positive behaviour
The use of Physical Interventions
Personal Belongings
Clothing
Finances
Personal Care

Our Place has a Personal Care Policy available on request.

Safeguarding children, privacy and dignity were taken into account whilst writing this policy as well as the practicalities of supporting some children with challenging behaviour.

A record is kept in the child or young person’s diary of height and weight on a weekly basis. Records of diet, showering, bathing, hair washing, teeth cleaning and nail care are kept on a daily basis.

All the children will have personal toiletries, towels and clothing. Health records in the Permanent File are updated by the Key Worker. They will notify the rest of the staff and put into execution a remedial plan should there be any concerns as to a child or young person’s well-being. Bed and waking times are agreed in the Personal Care Plan.

Night staff maintain an hourly check on the children unless otherwise agreed by the Review process.

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding the children or young people is the driving force behind all of Our Place policies and procedures. The children or young people in our care are particularly vulnerable and therefore Safeguarding Policies are extremely robust. Any concerns are referred to Worcester Social Services Duty Team who will investigate the matter. It is a legal requirement for us to report to the placing authority any reports we make of suspected abuse, non-accidental injury, severe neglect, emotional abuse and sexual abuse which have not occurred in the school. This is to protect children or young people at risk, and we will always operate on the basis that it is better to be safe than sorry. This means that we could run the risk of upsetting some parents/carers if an investigation should prove groundless. The Designated Officers for Our Place are the Head of Facilities - Lena Greatwich and Head of Care - Sarah Davis, although the other senior management for Our Place may initially be involved with dealing with safeguarding concerns and reports.

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Bullying

Bullying in its commonest form is a difficult concept for children with Severe Learning Disabilities to comprehend and as such is unlikely to be demonstrated by children or young people at Our Place. We are, however, aware that inappropriate behaviour which could be interpreted as bullying is possible and we would wish to modify it where we reasonably can.

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Equal Opportunities and Valuing Diversity

Our Place has a robust attitude to equal opportunities and values other cultures, and holds detailed policies for staff, children and young people. These can be seen on request. We instil and develop attitudes that respect individuals regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, culture or gender. We are unambiguously opposed to any form of discrimination and seek to counteract any ignorance and prejudice.

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Religious and Cultural Observance

The children, their parents, carers or Social Workers will be asked if the child or young person has any religious or cultural needs on admission. Our Place will make every effort to ensure that the children are able to observe their religion either in the school or off site as necessary. The school will hold a daily assembly and during this all religions’ festivals will be discussed and celebrated.

Songs used will take into account the religious diversity of the children who attend the school. Diet and dress will also be accommodated as appropriate.

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Missing Person and Runaway Procedure

It is the duty of Our Place to protect all children and young people. We recognise that children who go missing or runaway from home are very vulnerable and that the level of risk increases for them during each occasion that they run away.

Our Place has written the policy in conjunction with advice taken from the West Mercia Police Authority. The missing person's procedure identifies the action to be taken when a child or young person is missing from the site without authority.

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Promoting Positive Behaviour

We believe that the majority of inappropriate behaviour is learned behaviour and can be modified with time and skill. Our aim is to discourage inappropriate behaviours through:  

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Individual management programmes and positive behaviour management

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Teaching skills which will enhance self-image and self-esteem

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Providing positive role models

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Rewarding positive behaviours

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Consistency of response

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Clear definitions of acceptable behaviour

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The Use of Physical Interventions

It is necessary, under the terms of the Children Act that, we have a policy, guidelines and procedures on the physical restraint of children. It is also necessary that we have such a policy available for Ofsted as representing general good practice.

This document is intended to ensure that all staff have a clear idea of the practices agreed at Our Place.  The school provides all staff with training in the 'Positive Options’ MAPA programme. This is a training programme that follows the guidelines provided by SILO and BILD.

To download a copy of the Policy, guidelines and procedures on the physical restraint of children document.pdf click here

This document is currently being up-dated

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Personal Belongings

Children are encouraged to bring personal toys and belongings but these must be clearly named and be risk free. All the children’s rooms are equipped to accommodate personal televisions, video players and computers. However, any additional electrical equipment must be checked by the school's maintenance department prior to being installed and then annually. Possessions that could be considered to pose a risk to other residents must be identified to the Duty Manager before being brought into the home e.g. dart board and darts, glass enclosed pictures or scissors.

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Clothing

Parents/responsible adults are required to provide the child or young person’s additional clothing - guidance on this is available when admission is agreed. At 16+, students may choose clothing appropriate to the day's activities.

All clothing is named and discrete to the individual. As Our Place has a laundry on site, clothing provided for the children does need to be suitable for processing through a commercial laundry system. We make provision for children requiring non-allergic washing powder.

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Finances

Our Place recognises that all the children or young people need to have access to small amounts of pocket money in order to experience choosing and purchasing articles. An appropriate amount will be provided by Our Place as part of the placement agreement. Children or young people's money up to a balance of £100.00 may be held in the safe for their ease of access. Monies in excess of £100.00 will be transferred to a children’s individual card operated bank account, so that they have the opportunity to learn how to administer their own account. The child or young person will be taught the use of money and may be able to learn to administer the account themselves. Parents will be asked to make regular contributions to their child or young person’s pocket money account in addition to that provided by the school.

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Our Place Schools
The Orchard
Bransford, Worcester
WR6 5JE

Tel. 01886 833378
Email. admin@ourplaceschools.com
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