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Personal Safety







   

Wyton on the Hill recognises that by developing a Personal Safety programme throughout the school we will provide the opportunity for each pupil to acquire the necessary skills, values, attitudes, knowledge and understanding to equip themselves to deal with potentially challenging, dangerous or threatening situations.
 
Our Personal Safety programme is delivered both discretely - through special assemblies and focus days, such as Road Safety Awareness Days, Safer Cycling Courses and visits from the Health Education Centre – and through our Personal Development, often in a cross-curricular way.

The key concepts of Personal Safety are developed throughout the school and continually reinforced in contexts appropriate to the age and maturity of the children in each class, with the following guiding principles in mind.

 
 
Feelings and Emotions
  • Children should be equipped with the skills to recognise and deal with the full range of emotions arising from various situations and enable them to acquire a language for expressing their emotions.
 
Risks
  • Children need to be able to be able to identify a wide range of physical and emotional risks, evaluating potential consequences and outcomes in order to make informed decisions, judgements and choices around risk-taking behaviours
 
Physical Contact
  • Children need to understand what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate physical contact in school, domestic and social settings
 
Secrets
  • Children need to be able to differentiate between good and bad secrets.
 
Self Esteem
  • Children should be encouraged to value themselves.
  • Teachers are in a very strong position to be able to influence self-esteem by ensuring that the atmosphere in the classroom is affirming and accepting, encouraging children to think positively about themselves and helping them to build on their strengths.
 
Assertiveness
  • Learning to be assertive starts with good communication and is an ongoing process from early childhood.
 
Trust
  • Children should be helped to explore the concept of trust and identify a range of “safe” people they trust and can turn to. 
  • They also need to be aware that not all adults can be trusted and be encouraged to develop strategies to keep themselves safe.
 

 
The following websites can help parents to explore the key concepts of Personal Safety at home:
 
Road Safety Links
 
Fire Safety Links
 
Staying Safe Out and About Links
 
 
Wyton on the Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
 
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