ACCRINGTON BENJAMIN HARGREAVES CE ( VA) PRIMARY SCHOOL
Drugs Education Policy
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian faith.
By definition drugs are any chemical substance which can affect the body or mind.
- all illegal drugs (those controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971);
- all legal drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, and also volatile substances (those giving off a gas or vapour which can be inhaled);
- all medicines, whether over-the-counter or on prescription.
At Benjamin Hargreaves we are committed to the health and safety of our children and staff and will take action to safeguard their well-being.
The aims of this policy are:
- to safeguard the health and safety of pupils and staff in our school;
- to clarify the School’s approach to drugs, for staff, pupils, governors, parents or carers, and to clarify the legal requirements and responsibilities;
- to enable staff to manage drug-related incidents properly.
Teaching Methods and Resources
Teaching and learning will be set mainly in the context of Personal, Social and Health Education. Further opportunities could include:
- other curriculum areas delivering aspects of the programme;
(eg: Drama, English etc.);
- the provision of appropriate information through leaflets and books;
- delivery in response to incidents.
Drugs education takes place with a permanent member of staff.. The School welcomes the involvement of appropriate outside agencies in supporting the development and delivery of drugs education. We will ensure that all such involvement is jointly planned and that the ethos and approaches of any such agency are consistent with our own School policy and expectations.
Teachers should adhere to the following guidance:
- Staff will establish clear parameters about what is appropriate or inappropriate in a whole-class setting.
- If a child’s question is inappropriate to address with the whole class the teacher should acknowledge the question and attend to it later on an individual basis.
- If a question is too personal the teacher should remind the pupils of the ground rules.
- Staff will set the tone by speaking in a matter-of-fact way and ensuring that pupils discuss issues in a way which encourages positive participation.
- Pupils may have opportunities to write down questions anonymously and post them in a question box. Staff will have time to prepare answers to questions before the next session, and can choose not to respond to any questions which are inappropriate to address in whole class lessons.
Drugs at School
- Pupils may bring prescribed medication into School in line with the Medical Needs Policy which requires parents to complete an Administration of Medicine Form. Parents will bring the medication to School in a secure, labelled container. Drugs will be stored securely.
- Solvents and other hazardous chemicals are stored securely in a locked cupboard and only used when children are not present. Staff are cautious with older, solvent-based Tippex, with aerosols, with glues and with board-cleaning fluids.
- Legal drugs are legitimately in School only when authorised by the Headteacher. Smoking is not allowed in the buildings or within the School boundaries.
- Alcohol should not be consumed on School premises except in exceptional circumstances, (retirement functions), when alcohol is only consumed by staff after school hours, when children are not present. Alcohol to be used at community or parents’ events will be stored securely beforehand.
- The first priority is safety and first aid, i.e. calling the emergency services and placing unconscious people in the recovery position. An intoxicated pupil does not represent a medical emergency, unless unconscious.
- Pupils suspected of being intoxicated from inhaling a volatile substance will be kept calm.
- Any drug suspected of being illegal will be confiscated and stored securely, awaiting disposal. These precautions must be witnessed and recorded. Staff should not taste unknown or confiscated substances.
- Legal but unauthorised drugs or medicines will also be confiscated, and will be returned to parents. The School may arrange for the safe disposal of volatile substances.
- Where a pupil is suspected of concealing an unauthorised drug, staff are not permitted to carry out a personal search, but may search pupils’ bags, trays etc.
- The Headteacher will decide if the police need to be called or whether the School will manage the incident internally.
- A full record will be made of any incident.
- A member of SLT will conduct an investigation into the nature and seriousness of any incident, in order to determine an appropriate response.
The Role of Parents/Carers
The School is aware that the primary role in children’s drugs education lies with parents. We wish to build a positive and supporting relationship with the parents/carers of our pupils, through mutual understanding, trust and cooperation. To promote this we will:
- inform parents about the School’s Drugs Education Policy;
- invite parents to view the materials used to teach drugs education in our School;
- answer any questions parents may have about the drugs education their child receives in School;
- take seriously any issue which parents raise with teachers or governors about this policy, or about arrangements for drugs education in School;
- inform parents about the best practice known with regard to drugs education, so that the parents can support the key messages being given to children at School;
When an incident concerning unauthorised drugs has occurred in School, and a pupil is involved, we will inform the parents/carers, and explain how we intend to respond to the incident.
Staff will be cautious about discharging a pupil to the care of an intoxicated parent, particularly when the parent intends driving the pupil home. Staff will suggest an alternative arrangement. The focus will be the pupil’s welfare and safety. Where the behaviour of an intoxicated parent places a child at risk, or the parent or carer becomes abusive or violent, staff should consider whether the circumstances of the case are serious enough to invoke child protection procedures, and possibly the involvement of the police.
Review date: December 2019