RECORDING AND REPORTING OF ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS

Policy statement

We follow the guidelines of the Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), for the reporting of accidents and incidents.  Child protection matters or behavioural incidents between children are NOT regarded as incidents, and there are separate procedures for this.

Procedures

Our accident book:

    Is kept safely and accessibly
    Is accessible to all staff and volunteers, who know how to complete it
    Is reviewed at least half-termly to identify any potential or actual hazards.

Ofsted is notified of any injury requiring treatment by a general practitioner or hospital doctor, or the death of a child or adult.

When there is an injury requiring general practitioner or hospital treatment to a child, parent, volunteer or visitor, or where there is a death of a child or adult on the premises, we make a report to the Health and Safety Executive using the format for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences.

Dealing with incidents

We meet our legal requirements for the safety of our employees by complying with RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations).  We report to the Health and Safety Executive:

    Any accident to a member of staff requiring treatment by a general practitioner or hospital

    Any dangerous occurrences.  This may be an event that causes injury or fatalities or an event that does not cause an accident but could have done, such as a gas leak

    Any dangerous occurrence is recorded in our incident book. 

Any serious accident or incident will also be reported to the SPoA (Single Point of Advice) directly on 01323 464222 or by email at: 
0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk or alternatively on  
0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gcsx.gov.uk 
 

Our incident book

    We have ready access to telephone numbers for emergency services, including local police.  We rent premises and we ensure we have access to the person responsible and that there is a shared procedure for dealing with emergencies.
    We keep an incident book for recording incidents, including those that are reportable to the Health and Safety Executive as above.
    These incidents include break in, burglary or theft, an intruder, fire, flood, gas leak, attack on staff or adult on the premises or nearby, any racist incident, death of a child, terrorist attack or threat of one.
    In the incident book we record the date and time of the incident, nature of the event, who was affected, what was done about it – or if it was reported to the police, and if so, a crime number.  Any follow up or insurance claim made will also be recorded.
    In the unlikely event of a terrorist attack we follow the advice of the emergency services with regard to evacuation, medical aid and contacting children’s families.  Our standard Fire Safety Policy will be followed and staff will take charge of their key children.  The incident is recorded when the threat is averted.
    In the unlikely event of a child dying on the premises the emergency services are called, and the advice of these services are followed.
    The incident book is not for recording issues of concern involving a child.  This is recorded in the child’s own file.