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“We are very pleased with the prayer space in our school. It worked out real depth, and shows who we are as a school. We’re always looking for opportunities to help the students to think about the meaning of life and the prayer space helps to form their identity. It’s an important consideration that I make everyday as manager: What suits this school at this time? The prayer space fits well within the task we have in the areas of socialization, personal development and civic education of our students. The prayer space was way more than just a quiet room. Often you see that those spaces are empty and not in use. But this time it was really alive."Bas Bastiaanse, School Director (Netherlands)

(England, Wales) Prayer Spaces In Schools and managing concerns and confidentiality


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  • Managing Concerns and Confidentiality

Category: Good Practice & Policies Age Group: all ages

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Prayer spaces offer pupils the opportunity to be open about their thoughts and feelings in a setting that is safe and welcoming. Activities that invite a written response are usually intended to be anonymous, something that pupils often find to be very helpful. Whilst most written responses can be humorous, profound or moving there may be occasions when something you read causes you concern because of the pastoral or safeguarding issues that it implies.
This document sets out the current best practice in managing these pupil responses in keeping with your responsibilities towards the child and the school with regard to safeguarding and confidentiality.

In outline the main points to be aware of are:
We are there to serve the school and are accountable to the staff and leadership. This includes knowing and following the school's safeguarding policy and procedure. The best interests of the child should be at the heart of any decision.

In some circumstances you have a legal duty to report your concerns.
When it comes to confidentiality the consent of the child is not always needed before you share information.

You should also read our separate document on Safeguarding in prayer spaces.