Code of Conduct : An introduction
Parents and carers in particular, and the public in general, place a high degree of trust in the people who work within schools and colleges. The Teachers’ Standards 2012 state that teaching staff should not only safeguard children’s wellbeing but also carry out professional duties in a way that maintains public trust in the profession. Ofsted when carrying out an inspection will include in their judgements, behaviours and safety demonstrated over an extended period of time. This will focus on staff’s understanding of safeguarding measures in place and how they can be used. The Heritage House Code of Conduct sets out to guide all staff in their working practice with children and young people to reduce the risk of harm to children and minimise the risk of allegations being made of misconduct.
The information contained in this document is based on :
Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people (DfE 2015)
Working Together (DfE 2015)
Keeping children safe in education (DfE 2016)
Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies (DfE 2016)
The Code of Conduct applies to all staff. This includes permanent, temporary, supply and ancillary staff, and volunteers working with children.
Position of Trust
As a result of their knowledge, position and authority invested in their role, all adults working with children and young people are in positions of trust in relation to the young people in their care. Staff should always act, and be seen to act, in the child’s best interests.
They should also be aware of their responsibilities to make known to their employer any reasons which may impact on their employment including under the Disqualification by Association regulation which came into force in September 2014.
Duty of Care
All staff need to have read and understood their roles and responsibilities in the Essential Reading folder on the T-drive (further information below). All staff have a duty to keep pupils safe and are accountable for the way in which they use their authority and position of trust. This duty can best be exercised through the development of caring but professional relationships. Staff also need to be aware of the routes available to them for concerns to be escalated if action or outcomes do not affect change needed for the safeguarding or promotion of a child’s beeds or welfare.
Heritage House School’s commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment for all children, young people and all those who work there :
Prioritising children’s health and safety as our first consideration at all times
A continued commitment to enabling all children to reach their full potential and an acknowledgement of our individual and collective responsibilities in further embedding Heritage House School as a high quality and aspirational learning organisation
Acknowledging that the work of the school is about meeting the learning and personal needs of pupils
Ensuring purposeful engagement in positive interactions and relationships with pupils and through this a commitment to continuously promote pupils’ independence
Being aware of the importance of the individual contribution we make to the lives of pupils and to the school as an organisation
A commitment to supportive staffing and organisational arrangements
The Heritage House School Code of Conduct sets out the minimum standards expected of all staff employed at the school.