British School Muscat is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have clear, consistent procedures in place to support, children, families and staff at the school.
The Designated Child Protection Officers (DCPOs) at BSM are:
Deputy Head of Primary
Head of Senior
They are supported by a Safeguarding Team comprised of teachers from each key stage across the school. This ensures relevant information is shared (on a needs to know basis) as pupils move through the school. A member of our Board of Governors serves as a link between the school and the Board when dealing with any matters related to safeguarding.
All members of staff, teaching and non-teaching receive safeguarding training at least every two years with key members of staff receiving training on an annual basis.
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at British School Muscat please do not hesitate to contact us.
For the best interests of our pupils we use the following safeguarding measures:
Cause for Concern
Staff are asked to report any causes for concern to a member of the Safeguarding Team in the first instance using a written proforma. This will be passed to the relevant DCPO. In most instances concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as, more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. However under certain circumstances the school may need to gather information and seek advice for external agencies prior to contacting parents.
Personal, Social and Health Education
We have a comprehensive PSHE programme, running through all sections of the school. For further details regarding pastoral care please refer to the pastoral care section of this website.
All lateness and absences are recorded and can be monitored with the use of our management information system Engage. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will be informed of concerns around attendance. Any requests to take your child out of school during term time must be made in writing to the respective Head(s) of school, prior to the absence. The Heads of School will determine whether this would be an authorised or unauthorised absence, in accordance with our attendance policy.
In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary for both parents to leave Oman for a short period of time. Parents must notify school in such circumstances and provide information regarding who will be looking after their child/ ren during this period.
We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our students with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond. Pupils from Year 2 upwards and all parents are required to sign an Acceptable Use code of conduct.