Is your nursery or school protected from intruders?

Is your nursery or school protected from intruders?

CCTV has the ability to divide groups of people. Some say it is an excellent way to prevent vandalism and enhance security efforts, while others brand it as an intrusive and unethical form of surveillance. Where children are concerned, the debate is even stronger: parents want to be able to keep an eye on their children and check that they are being cared for properly, but at the same time there’s an increasing concern that filming children puts them in a vulnerable position. Using CCTV in schools and nurseries is a decision that cannot be taken lightly, and it must be treated with sensitivity.

If you’re thinking about having CCTV installed in your school or nursery, the first thing you need to do is get the opinions of your staff and your students’ parents. You don’t want to create suspicion that you’re monitoring your staff, else this could cause paranoia among all parties. It is a legal requirement to notify the Information Commissioner that you’re installing CCTV, and this notification must be renewed every year. You also need to identify the person in charge of the footage (the data controller), which could be a named employee or the local authority.

Is CCTV the right option for your school or nursery?

There are some hard and fast rules about using CCTV in schools. It should not be used in classrooms or staffrooms, except for security purposes (in which case it should only be activated when the rooms are empty). CCTV must never be placed in toilets, and can only be used in changing rooms in exceptional circumstances (though you must ensure the cameras cannot capture students changing). It must also be advertised with prominent signs to identify its location and purpose.

The use of CCTV in nurseries has grown in recent years, enabling parents to check in on their children remotely. While CCTV fills some parents with confidence – allowing them to monitor staff interactions and aiding accident reviews – some people disagree with the fact that children can be watched from outside the nursery. Some nurseries have overcome this issue with a system that only allows parents to access the video stream if their child is currently at the nursery, and logs them off after five minutes.

Here at Angel Security, we think that installing CCTV in schools and nurseries is a great way to enhance the safety of your pupils and staff, as well as the security of your property. Our team of experts will help you set up a system that causes as little disruption as possible, so contact us today to find out more.