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Using examples from work experiences, describe how policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in the workplace.My work placement is in a primary school which caters for children aged from three to eleven years old, including the pre-schoo

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Using examples from work experiences, describe how policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in the health and social care workplace. My work placement is in a primary school which caters for children aged from three to eleven years old, including the pre-school pupils. Because the school is used daily and is a busy environment, there are various policies, procedures and regulations in place to ensure that the staff and children's health, safety and security is in good hands and at the centre of the provision along with providing those children with an excellent education. One of the policies and procedures in place for the children's welfare is the 'Responsible Internet Use' policy. The policy lays out rules for pupils and for parents as to what is appropriate during ICT lessons and internet usage time, along with clear guidelines as to what is expected from pupils when they use the internet and email access when they are at school. ''We use the school computers and Internet connection for learning. These rules will help us to be fair to others and keep everyone safe... I will ask permission before entering any website, unless my teacher has already approved that site... ...read more.

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Another strength to this procedure is that by walking to school and not using transport; there will be decreased traffic volumes around the school which reduces the risk of children being ran over and also reduces pollution which will benefit all individuals health. A weakness to this procedure is that the supervising adults may not be given sufficient and effective training on how to look after the children and lead the bus correctly. Also if one of the adults are ill one day and there is no-one to stand in for them, having just one adult supervising a large group of children creates hazards and risks right away and is unsafe so they will need appropriate back up plans and rota's in place. Another policy in place at the school where my work placement is set is the 'Behaviour and discipline policy'. This policy consists of outlining what is acceptable behaviour off pupils and how bad behaviour is dealt with. It says that is expects every member of the school community to behave in a considerate way towards others and that the policy aims to help children grow in a safe and secure environment, resulting in them becoming positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community. ...read more.

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It promotes security within the school as by holding this kind of information on a 'need to know' basis, so no unnecessary persons will be able to view this data and use it inappropriately. A strength to this regulation is that with it in place, it will be carefully monitored as to who can view the information and therefore can not be used in any wrong means of way. Another strength to this regulation is that information such as national curriculum assessment results and attendance information is accessible to refer to when staff are completing pupil reports and holing parents evening etc. On the other hand, a weakness to this regulation is that information could be accessible by the wrong people if the system is not quite secure enough and then the information could be used inappropriately, even causing harm to the pupils and their families. In all care settings, including schools, it is necessary that there are specific policies, procedures and regulations enforced in the interest of service user's health, safety and security. In all policies, procedure and regulations, there are pros and cons to each one- all of which have been discussed above in each policy, procedure and regulation that has been explained. ...read more.

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