During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning. On average 40-50 children drown per year in the UK.
To keep yourself safe, when you are around or in water, always follow the Water Safety Code. Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous.
The dangers of water include:
It is very cold
There may be hidden currents
It can be difficult to get out
There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
It is difficult to estimate the depth.
What the law says on…..Home Alone
Strange as it may seem, there’s no set age for leaving children home alone. The law simply says that you shouldn’t leave a child alone if they’ll be at risk. There might not be a specific legal age to leave children alone but it’s safe to say babies, toddlers and young children should never be left alone, even if it’s just while you pop down the road. Instead, the choice is left to parents. They know their children best and can use their own judgement….BUT… That’s not to say that there are no laws on leaving children home alone. Under the Children and Young Persons (England and Wales) Act 1933, parents and carers canbe prosecuted for neglect. This means that they can be fined or sent to prison if they are judged to have placed a child at risk of harm by leaving them at home alone, regardless of where in the UK the child lives.
What the law says on…..Smacking your child
It is not illegal for a parent to hit their child as long as the ‘smack’ amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’. There is, therefore, a difference between punishment and what can feasibly be termed ‘abuse’.
Unreasonable punishment is classed as a smack that leaves a mark on the child, or the use of an implement to
hit the child, such as a belt or cane.
There are many other ways
to sanction yourchild for example:
sending them to their room,
having a naughty step and giving
them time out or removal of their
favourite toy/game (for a
What if you are worried about a child, who do you contact?
Safeguarding is about protecting children, young people and adults who are at risk of being abused or neglected.
However, if you are worried about the way someone is being treated, please don’t ignore it. You may think it’s not your responsibility to report it but…
It is everybody’s responsibility to keep our children safe and happy.
Call children’s services for advice:
0300 555 0050
(during office hours)
IN AN EMERGENCY
We value your feedback and suggestions in helping us keep your child safe and happy.
If you have any pastoral concerns and wish to speak to one of the team please contact school on: