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Pupil Care and Welfare

Accessibility

The Accessibility Strategy is the Authority’s plan for improving access to education and associated services for disabled pupils. The purpose of the plan is to improve access to the curriculum, to improve access to the physical environment and to improve communication with disabled pupils. The Draft Accessibility Strategy 2008-2011 is available from the Related Downloads section.

 

Attendance

Parents are responsible for making sure their children go to school. Pupils are allowed time away from school if they are ill or have a medical appointment. An unauthorised absence will be recorded if they stay away for other reasons. Further information on attendance at school is available from the Scottish Government's website.

 

Bullying in Schools

When bullying is alleged, we take the matter extremely seriously. All local schools have developed anti-bullying measures with advice and support from the Council and the Scottish Executive. Your first point of contact should be your school’s head teacher - see details on the School Contact Information page.

For further guidance and information view: Policy Guidelines for Action Against Bullying in Educational Establishments - March 1997, available from the Related Downloads section.

 

Child Protection

The issues of child protection can be worrying, complex and stressful. Guidelines for Education, Leisure and Housing staff were produced to offer guidance to staff on issues of child protection. The Child Protection Procedures 2009 document is available from the Related Downloads section.

 

Disclosure Checks

If your job means working with children you’ll first need to complete a criminal records check through the agency, Disclosure Scotland. This also applies to volunteer helpers and parent helpers. The results of the check are treated confidentially. Further information is available from Disclosure Scotland.

 

Drug Misuse in Schools

A policy has been developed for Head Teachers informing them of the steps to take should an incident involving drug misuse be reported in school: Managing Incidents of Substance Abuse in Schools and Educational Establishments - March 2004, and is available from the Related Downloads section.

 

Grants, Loans and Bursaries

Information on Grants, Loans and Bursaries, from Education, Leisure and Housing, including EMA's, bursaries, free school clothing and meals is available from the Related Links section.

 

Enrolment

Information on school and nursery enrolment in Orkney is available from Related Links.

 

Health

Medicines in Schools

To allow pupils to take or be given medication at school minimises the disruption which could be caused by illness and allows their education to proceed at a steady rate alongside their peers. For more information and the form to apply for a teacher to give medicine to a pupil, download the Administration of Medicines in Schools and Educational Establishments - April 1999 from within the Related Downloads section.

Head Lice

The following guidance is intended to offer advice to health, education and social work professionals on managing head lice infection in schools and other child care settings such as hospitals, nurseries, out of school clubs and residential and foster care. Click the link within the Related Downloads section to access the OIC and NHS Orkney policy on managing head lice infection in children.

General Health Advice

General health advice is available from NHS Orkney - October 2003, within the Related Downloads section.

Further information and advice on childrens health can be obtained from the childrens health advice section of the NHS website.

Exclusion Criteria for Daycare and Childminding Settings

For information on the exlcusion criteria for Daycare and Childminding settings, please refer to the Related Downloads section. This document recommends the time that children should be kept away from Daycare and Childminding according to their ailment.

 

Home Education

Under Scottish law, parents can opt to educate their children at home if they wish. It means parents taking full responsibility for their children’s schooling, but Education Services do monitor the education they are receiving. The Home Education Policy and Guidance - October 2004 is available from the Related Downloads section.  Further information on home education is available from the Scottish Government's website.

 

Looked After Children

The majority of young people who are looked after away from home come from families who experience hardship and they are separated from their parents because of some form of family upheaval or breakdown. If children are removed from their own homes, there is a duty to ensure that the care and support provided to them is better than they previously experienced.

Click the link within the Related Downloads section to access the joint statement from Education and Social Work on managing the education outcomes of looked after children.

 

Parental Involvement

Information on Parental Involvement and Parent Councils can be accessed from the OIC main Parental Involvement page.

 

School Security

Our schools do everything they can to ensure the safety and well being of pupils and staff. Their safety procedures are regularly reviewed to make sure they are working effectively. Click the link within the Related Downloads section to access the OIC policy for school security.

 

School Transport

For information view the OIC School Transport page.