Radio communications offers schools an essential safety tool, providing instant communication in emergency situations, and can be an important tool for safeguarding.
However many schools do not seem to offer their staff proper training in its use. I have heard a local primary school near me giving out detailed child descriptions, including name and location in the school grounds. This is a potential safeguarding issue.
They have been sold handheld radio equipment by a radio company, more concerned with their bottom line, than safeguarding compliance.
As a head teacher, you need to ask yourself, can others ‘eavesdrop’ on my school communications?
Many professional handheld radio solutions that schools use, are not secure communications, and can easily be listened to. Are your communications secure?
There are also legal implications to be considered, apart from safeguarding, including the ‘Wireless & Telegraphy’ acts which apply to your staff.
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