The 5 key principles of the Children’s Order 1995 are known as the 5 P’s: Prevention, Paramountcy, Partnership, Protection and Parental Responsibility. All are fairly self-explanatory – ‘Paramountcy’ refers to the ‘needs of the child‘ to always come first.
At Recordings 4 Schools, as you would expect, we take Child Protection and Safeguarding extremely seriously. At the most basic level, and of course to comply with regulations, all our staff who visit your school carry the necessary DBS Clearance as well as the required business insurance. This is clearly a no brainer when you are working with schools. Moreover, we never use 3rd parties or contractors.
Know who you are dealing with
Recordings 4 Schools are only a small company – you will always get myself at your recording session (I’m Jules, founder and Director at 4 Part Music Ltd who owns Recordings 4 Schools) and maybe my colleague Shelly as well. We have both worked in schools for the last 15 plus years, Shelly was at one time a teacher too. We therefore completely understand the stringent rules and regulations surrounding Child Protection. We always carry copies of our DBS and company insurance on all recordings should they be needed and will happily comply with any ‘local’ rules you may have at your school.
All of this, naturally, is fairly obvious stuff and any business or individual working with or in schools should clearly take the appropriate steps to ensure they are fully compliant not only with the law but also with any additional requirements the school may have. But there is one more thing which we feel is appropriate….
For all the rules and regulations, there is still a lot to be said for adopting a modicum of common sense. It sometimes worries me that common sense often seems to be lacking in today’s society. So today, with all the above in mind, I went off to Boots and had a flu jab.
First and foremost in my mind, if I’m totally honest, is that over the next couple of months, I am likely to be spending many hours in a school hall full of children (and teachers!) and don’t need to be catching any coughs or colds etc. From a purely selfish perspective, I don’t like being ill. But from a more practical, and business minded sense, I also cannot work if I am ill and so therefore need to take reasonable steps to insure against this.
But looking at the other side of the equation, it also makes sense to ensure we are protected, as far as is reasonable, from winter coughs / colds etc to avoid spreading germs ourselves. I see it very much as my responsibility to ensure that I am not the one bringing some sort of flu into a school. Whilst it takes a lot to keep me away from work, it would be highly inappropriate for me to turn up to a school whilst feeling unwell.