Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety.

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Support children and young people’s health and safety.
Outcome 1 Know the legislative and policy framework for health and safety 1.1- Describe how current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are implemented in the setting. A schools Health and safety policy should conform to the requirements contained in the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Specifically the policy should contain :-

a) a General Statement of commitment to H&S, signed by Head/Chair of Governors or indicating that it has been endorsed by the committee of the Governing Body which has responsibility for H&S;

b) details of individual responsibilities for H&S, under a heading of Organisation, together with a diagrammatic representation of reporting lines; and

c) the Arrangements in place to ensure safety. This section is subdivided into two, General and Specific.

The Headteacher will identify who is to put the policy together to suit any specific H & S requirements that the school may have. The policy should then be discussed by other staff/governors to ensure it reflects actual practice and further alterations/amendments made, if required, to achieve this.The policy then needs to be formally approved, and then signed either by the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors or by the Chair of the Governors Committee with responsibility for H&S. The master copy of the policy, the original signed copy, should then be kept in a central location, ideally the school master policy file, together with copies of the relevant supporting paperwork, e.g. H&S Manual, standards and specific risk assessments referred to in the policy. A copy of the policy will then need to be brought to the attention of all governors, staff and volunteers. It is recommended that each member of staff be given a copy of the policy for their own file.

1.2- Describe how health and safety is monitored and maintained in the setting. The school H&S policy needs to be reviewed, on an annual basis, and this reported to Committee of the Governing Body with responsibility for H&S. This is essential as H&S Legislative requirements and best practice change frequently. In addition, a member of staff will be allotted the job of health and safety officer to check that the school remains compliant with its policy. Any problems that the H & S officer observes can then be fed back at the review stage to improve the next iteration of the policy.

1.3 – Describe how people in the setting are made aware of risks and hazards and encouraged to work safely. The H & S policy must be made known to all members of staff and volunteers, and a copy of the policy should be kept in a place that is easily accessible by all concerned. Prior to an event taking place at the school, the H & S officer together with the Head should think carefully about the H & S implications and in many cases, produce a risk assessment that summarises the likely dangers. All staff involved with the event should then work closely with the H & S officer to try to maintain a safe and accident free outcome of the event. 1.4 – Identify the lines of responsibility and reporting for health and safety in the setting. The health and Safety procedures followed by school be closely monitored by the H & S officer, but all staff should be vigilant in this area .Violations of the H & S policy , or other unsafe practise will then be carefully monitored and reported by the staff, Violations or problems should be reported in the first instance to the head teacher , and under some circumstances, the school Governors should also be informed. In some circumstances, the Local Educational Authority should also be informed.
Outcome 2 Recognise and manage risks to children and young peoples health, safety and security 2.1 – Demonstrate how to identify potential hazards to the health, safety and security of children and young people. A key process in...
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