In the summer of 2015, Horizon was funded a £1000 by Head Start Kent to design and create a safe space for our school. The children worked closely with Debbie to research and design the safe spaces and were actively involved in deciding how the money was spent. Horizon have two safe space's and this has been crucial in ensuring we provide a safe haven for children both indoors and out where they can explore their feelings and emotions in a safe environment.
HOW IS IT MONITORED?
The indoor safe space can be found within the wellbeing coordinators office and children may use this if a teacher notices they may need the space to either calm down, talk about their feelings or resolve any underlying issues that could be impacting upon their ability to engage within learning. The outdoor safe space however is not only monitored by staff but also by our trained 'active listeners' who are pupils that have been trained to be aware of the needs of others. Please see the link for active listening to find out more. The safe space can be accessed by children independently and provides an invaluable haven and retreat for all children when they are for example upset, anxious, angry or in need of reassurance.
HOW DOES THE SAFE SPACE TACKLE FRIENDSHIP ISSUES AND BULLYING?
All staff are vigilant in terms of tackling bullying and supporting and building upon friendship breakdowns and issues. Inevitably at this age children will fall out with friends and at times are not always considerate of others feelings- it is therefore our role as staff to model caring and friendly behaviour towards others and to provide a safe environment for our children to resolve their issues. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school, and if it does occur then pupils must always tell an adult so it can be dealt with promptly and effectively. (see anti bullying policy and how we tackle bullying for further information). The safe space acts as calm, relaxed and secure environment where children can explore their feelings readily so they are better able to resolve their own conflicts and issues with the support of an adult.