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Limiting access – keeping schools safe

Limiting access – keeping schools safe

07th February 2017

Limiting access – keeping schools safe

Schools play an incredibly important part in our lives. In one sense, they are where we spend our early years learning how to read and write as well as how to socialise with other people. In another sense, they are where we entrust the safety of our children. Schools are generally very safe places for children, but ongoing vigilance and risk management procedures are necessary to ensure this.

On a day-to-day basis, it is important to limit access to any school site to protect children and staff. Here are just some of the reasons why:

1. Theft

Today, schools are filled with modern IT equipment such as computers and televisions. Offices will often contain personal items belonging to staff, such as phones, cash, laptops, etc., which are very appealing to a thief.

2. Restrict unauthorised access

Whether it is strangers, trespassers or parents who are restricted access to their children for legal reasons, security fencing and tightened access measures can help keep unauthorised persons out of the school grounds.

3. Unwanted attention

Although this might not be an issue in the majority of schools, some press or paparazzi might seek access to school grounds following a high-publicity news story or if children of celebrities attend the school in order to get school-run photographs.

4. Protect children from themselves

Upset and angry children have a habit of wanting to hide from problems. If those problems manifest themselves at school, it is natural that the child should want to run away from the school. Again modern practices and risk management make this relatively rare and those that do run away are usually found very quickly.

Steps to take

  1. Ensure that there is one entrance and exit into and out of the school through a reception area which is manned by more than one member of staff. This guarantees control over who goes in and out of the site and ensures that any visitors are vetted and signed in. Emergency exits must be alarmed and checked throughout the day.
  2. Ensure that there is adequate security fencing around the school site. The height of the school fencing should ideally be no less than nine feet and designed or treated so that it is not able to be scaled from either side.
  3. Provide adequate CCTV provision especially around all the entrances, exits, ground floor windows and main gates.

To discuss perimeter fencing in your school, childcare or learning centre, contact us today.