Australias national child protection week took place this month, encouraging schools and communities to think about what we can do to keep our children safe. An integral part of which has been ensuring that schools remain secure places for both students and staff alike.
Run by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, otherwise known as NAPCAN, prevention was a large focus of the week. As children spend so much of their time at school, ensuring that their classrooms and school grounds are as safe as possible is a significant priority. Which leads us to the big question.
What can schools do to increase safety and minimise risks on site?
One of the most important things a schools can do to safeguard their students is to know who is on site at any given time, and why they are there. Staff and students need to be able to easily identify visitors and know they are meant to be there, at a glance. Schools are a students safe haven. They have the right to feel secure at all times.
Who is allowed on site?
As you would imagine, the general populace is forbidden from free access to school grounds. If they are on site, they must have a reason for being there. Are they a permanent member of staff? A contractor? Are they there as an educator, a maintenance person, or a delivery driver? No matter who they are, they must have a authorised reason, and must be easily identifiable as a legitimate visitor, not a trespasser.
Are they where they are supposed to be?
Different visitors to the school will require access to different areas. Are they where they are supposed to be? Are they accessing an area in which they shouldn’t be? How can you tell at a glance?
Are they who they say they are?
They may say that they are the contractor hired to clean the pool, but are they really? Are they definitely an authorised member of the community who has volunteered to work with students? How can you know they’re not someone trying to access school grounds by pretending to be someone else?
So how can Sine help?
In order to prevent unauthorised people from accessing school grounds, it is important for schools to employ a system that allows for the secure sign-in and easy identification of all authorised personnel, contractors, and visitors.
- Ensure no check-in without host authorisation.
- Use API hooks to check inductions and permissions.
- Utilise photo identification
- Provide all authorised visitors with an ID badge that identifies them, their check-in day, and their visitor type.
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