This policy aims to assist the headteacher and governing body in cases where the behaviour of visitors to the school gives cause for concern.
In particular, the guidance deals with situations where visitors are being threatening, abusive or aggressive towards other members of the school community. Such behaviour clearly cannot be tolerated. Staff and pupils have a right to expect their school to be a safe place in which to work and learn. This document includes advice on a range of possible measures that can be taken to ensure appropriate protection for schools.
The Department for Education advises that schools should have a written policy setting out the behaviour expected of parents/visitors, and the procedures to be followed when a school wishes to restrict a parent’s access to the premises. A poster (Appendix A) clearly specifies the expected conduct and behaviour of visitors.
In addition, the guidance provides suggestions as to how to deal with difficult or abusive telephone calls and abuse using cyber technology, an increasing area of challenge for schools.
In this policy, the definition in the Education Act 1996 of the word parent is somewhat extended and includes an individual who has care of the child whether or not s/he is the natural parent or has parental responsibility for the child. This includes step parents. Where an individual does not fall within this broad definition, the principles of this policy should still be applied.