Keeping our Learners Safe

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School Issued IDs

All members of the school community are required to wear school issued identity cards on a lanyard whilst on the premises. This extends to parents and those responsible for collecting pupils at the end of the day. New parents, carers or drivers should supply a photograph to the school reception (office) staff and pay a small charge so that a school ID card can be issued.

All visitors without school issued IDs are required to sign in at the reception area and hand in their Qatar ID card; they will be given a visitor’s pass.

It is the responsibility of the whole school community to challenge those that are not wearing an identity pass.

These measures are to ensure the safety of the children in our care.

Safeguarding

Doha British School believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to a practice which protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child/young person is paramount;
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritiage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We seek to safeguard children and young people by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them;
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers;
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring that all necessary checks are made;
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers;
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children when appropriate;
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

Criminal Record Checks

All members of staff must be able to present the relevant criminal record check as part of our recruitment process prior to being employed. Many of our teaching staff are from the UK where this takes the form of the Disclosure Barring Check; other countries have equivalent criminal record checks. We ensure that our recruitment process is thorough; references are called for and any gaps in employment are scrutinised.

Anti-Bullying

Bullying can make people feel uncomfortable, distressed or threatened. Those being bullied often feel powerless to defend themselves. Such behaviour is against our School Code and can seriously affect the wellbeing of victims.

Report Bullying

Stop Bullying

Fortunately, incidents of bullying at DBS are low, however it is important to know what parents and children can do if they are experiencing bullying. The first person to see is the Form Tutor. If the problem can't be resolved quickly and effectively after an initial meeting, then contact the Assistant Head of Student Welfare in Secondary or to the Head of Primary. It is also possible to make a report by pressing the ‘Stop Bullying’ button on this website.

It is normal for students to experience relationship problems at times. During these times sometimes hurtful things are said. We will try to help students develop strategies to deal with these situations on their own in an assertive way. However, bullying is quite different because it is repeated, intended to cause hurt and there is a power imbalance. If students fail to cease bullying behaviour following intervention from teachers, then the school may ask that student to leave the school.

School Nurse

The school clinic is staffed by two trained nurses who are available from 7:00am to 3:00pm for first aid and on the spot emergency care. The school clinic aims to provide a high standard of healthcare to all students and staff members.

Nut free school
DBS is a ‘nut free school’ as some students have severe nut allergies.

Students with the following conditions will be sent home as a policy: fever above 37.5 (high grade fever), vomiting, diarrhea, impetigo (skin sores), conjunctivitis (pink eye), severe headache, and rashes from unknown source to prevent cross-infection.

When a student becomes seriously ill or injured in the school the nurses will contact parents/guardians after assessment. An ambulance will be called if required. In cases of students with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, a care plan is made together with parents. If your child has medication, it should be kept in the clinic at all times.

Vision screening test, growth monitoring and immunisation will be conducted yearly as part of the Supreme Council of Health’s campaign in every school in Qatar. The nurses also educate teachers about the use of Epipens and they conduct first aid training for the students on occasion.

Hydration

Young children are less heat tolerant and more susceptible to dehydration than older people. This is especially so when children are physically active and in hot climates. Patterns of drinking behaviour appear to be established early in childhood, so it is important that young children get used to drinking water and a range of other appropriate drinks in order to maintain hydration.

It is important that children drink regularly throughout the day to stay properly hydrated. Teachers and parents/guardians need to make sure that there are opportunities for drinking throughout the day and that children are encouraged to make use of these opportunities.

How much do children need?

The amount of fluid a child needs depends on many factors, but generally they should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid per day (on top of the water provided by food in their diet). Each serving should be 200ml to 300ml depending on age.

What are the most appropriate drinks for children?

Drinking water is a good choice for children throughout the day, and especially after physical activity and in hot weather. It hydrates without providing extra energy or risking harm to teeth.

When choosing drinks for children, it is important to be aware that although they all provide water, and some also contain essential vitamins and minerals, they may also provide sugar and therefore energy (calories/kilojoules). Energy in drinks contributes to our daily energy intake in the same way as food. Getting too much energy from drinks over time could cause weight gain. In addition, drinking sugar-sweetened drinks too often can potentially lead to tooth decay, especially if consumed frequently between meals or if teeth are not brushed regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

Practical tips to keep active children hydrated

  • Ensure that children have a drink before school i.e. with breakfast, and before and during playtime;
  • Always pack a water bottle in a school bag or lunchbox for children heading off to school, outings or other activities;
  • Parents, teachers and guardians should offer drinks regularly, especially in hot environments;
  • Always have drinks that children enjoy available. Water, milk, juice, low sugar soft-drinks and other fluids can all help meet a child’s hydration needs;
  • Remember that many foods have a high water content and can also contribute to fluid intake. e.g. fruit, vegetables, yogurt.

Trips and Visits

DBS is proud to extend learning outside the classroom with local trips. We understand that additional precautions need to be taken when taking our learners on trips, and their safety is our priority. A thorough risk assessment is undertaken before a trip is booked. Part of this assessment includes a site visit from the trip leader.

We have two school buses that are both equipped with seatbelts for all passengers on board, and these buses transport our learners to and from their destination. At least one first aid kit is prepared and provided by the school Nurse, along with a sick bucket and any additional medication that may be required by any of the students.

The ratio of adults to learners is 1:10 for Secondary and 1:6 in Primary. Additional trip helpers (often parent helpers) accompany trips for Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. On the day of the trip, an attendance register is taken before departure and left with our receptionist.

Should the trip encounter any problems, the trip leader will contact the school for any messages to be communicated to parents. A full list of contact details for the parents are with the receptionist. If a parent has any concerns they can contact the school and speak to a member of the leadership team.

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