SAFEGUARDING AT HAREFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Harefield Primary School believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to. We maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.
OUR DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING LEAD (DSL) IS: EMMA CHARLTON (HEADTEACHER)
OUR DEPUTY SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS (DSOs) ARE: EMMA MILLARD (DEPUTY HEADTEACHER), CHLOE OTTAWAY (INCLUSION LEAD/SENDCO) AND KERRY PRINCE (TEACHING & LEARNING COACH)
OUR SAFEGUARDING GOVERNANCE COMES FROM CLAIRE SHAW AT HAMWIC EDUCATION TRUST.
Please refer to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
The purpose of this policy is to: -
- provide staff, volunteers and governance with the framework they need in order to keep children safe and secure in our school and to inform parents and guardians how we will safeguard their children whilst they are in our care.
- protect children and young people who attend Harefield Primary School
- ensure consistent good practice across the school.
- demonstrate our commitment to protecting children.
Our commitment to safeguarding
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- Appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), for children and young people, Deputies and Safeguarding Governance
- Adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers (See our Code of conduct policy for more information)
- Developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
- Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- Recording and storing information professionally and securely, and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one to one discussions
- Using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
- Using our procedures to manage allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
- Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
- Ensuring we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
How to Report Safeguarding Concerns
If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child you must report them.
If you believe the child is in immediate danger, don’t delay. Call the police on 999 straight away. Furthermore, under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, you must call the police if you are informed that a girl under 18 has undergone FGM.
You can also report concerns in the following ways:
- Contact NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. They will then pass the concern onto the local child protection team who will investigate it.
- Report your concern directly to your Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Tel: 023 80 833336 (Public Number) or find out more here.
- Report it to Designated Safeguarding Officers
- Call the NSPCC’s Whistleblowing advice line on 0800 028 0285 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. They offer free advice and support to anyone who’s concerned about how child protection issues are handled in an organisation.