mumoffour77 wrote: »
As parents we have to protect our children and at 5 years old if my child told me that incident had happened I would have been straight down to the school asking questions. Teachers have been trained in child protection issues, as have school nurses........what I was most vexed about was a school secretary checking the OPs daughters head for nits/lice.......Teachers train for years on how to educate our children, they are vetted before they take up any post, Nurses train for years and are also vetted before taking a post.......The school secretary is probably vetted but has she had child protection training? Does she attend teacher training days? No probably not, so why therefore is she touching a pupils head?
There have been many tragedys/abuse cases all over the country, and it happens by people kids know and trust Ie Ian Huntley....some members of the clergy, even nursery nurses (not for one min am i suggesting that anything happened other than what the OP has told us!)
My thoughts are if an adult in a trusted position is able to make a 5 year old child feel miffed and clearly uncomfortable...well enough to tell mum....without doing anything naughty then questions need to be asked!
As I said before.....when it comes to our children they only have us to back them up, and at 5 being made to feel miffed can lead on to other problems ie self confidence ect...... As a parent of a child who has had major confidence issues due to some insensitive things being said to her/or done with her I can assure you its no joke!!
mumoffour77 wrote: »
The school secretary is probably vetted but has she had child protection training? Does she attend teacher training days? No probably not, so why therefore is she touching a pupils head?
colinw wrote: »
Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
hobbesy wrote: »
Guess what. I work in a school office -
Yes they are vetted (enhanced CRB, exactly the same as teachers)
Yes they do (should) have child protection training
and Yes they do attend 'relevant' teacher training days, ie. yes to child protection, autism awareness, etc. No to teaching methods.
Staff ARE allowed to touch children in most schools (only those scared by extremist parents have banned it), I wouldn't want my child in any school where they weren't. Primary age children especially need contact with those around them to help them grow to be healthy nurturing adults themselves.
As for the issue this thread started with. I can't make any judgment that wouldn't be based on a lot of assumptions/guesswork. By all means go in this afternoon or tomorrow morning and have a chat with the staff. Chances are they'll be more than happy to discuss any issues with you, and hopefully clear everything up.
As a final point. No, school secretaries are not nurses. Very few schools have a nurse all to themselves now, and I doubt our local team would appreciate a call out to see one child with an itchy head. Many secretaries are first aid trained however,and those who aren't will still likely have seen many nits, bandaged many knees and taken many temperatures, and are often mums themselves. All school staff want the best for children, you wouldn't get by working there long otherwise
miamoo wrote: »
Just wanted to add that one little girl in DD's class had Nits that badly that you could see them crawling all over her head, the teachers could do nothing about it, other than send a letter to all parents that they had an outbreak in the classroom, this parent ignored the letter, the poor thing was like that all primary.
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