Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
Hampton Hargate Primary School will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical and emotional or sexual abuse. The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible inform them of the referral to Social Care.
This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information Sharing Protocols, Hampton Hargate Primary School will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Hampton Hargate Primary School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member(s) of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Person for Child Protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Hampton Hargate Primary School has safeguarding at the heart of our purpose
1. ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children' defines Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health and development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances
2. A positive and preventative curriculum
Our curriculum-based awareness education programme will teach our students to make good choices about healthy and safe lifestyles, (e.g. online safety, healthy relationships, abuse, neglect, bullying etc.), dealing with secrets or embarrassing information, and how and who to ask for help if their health or safety is threatened.
3. Partnership with parents and carers
We make sure our safeguarding policies and procedures, and information relating to the duty we have to keep children safe is fully accessible to all our parents and carers. This information is available on our website and in our school prospectus.
4. Inclusive practice
All children with safeguarding needs are carefully monitored to ensure they have affective support to communicate their needs to staff and feel valued. All learners will be helped to fulfil their potential.
5. Early intervention
Children with additional needs are identified at the earliest possible opportunity, and referred to other practitioners as appropriate
6. Safer recruitment and selection
We will follow safer selection practices to identify, deter and reject those who might be unsuited to work with children. We will ensure that adults are aware of how to deal with allegations of child abuse made against other members of staff and support them to do so. Allegations made against staff are referred to the Designated Officer at the local authority.
7. A safe learning environment
We are committed to providing a secure environment, where all learners feel safe; where it is ok to talk and we listen to our students; where they do not face bullying, racism, homophobia or other discrimination, and where medical needs are met.
8. Appropriate training
All staff, including supply and temporary, and volunteers are appropriately trained in safeguarding children. They understand their responsibilities and who to refer concerns to. They are confident about what is expected of them in their day to day role in order to safeguard children and young people.
9. Safeguarding policies, procedures and guidance
Safeguarding documents, (Including Keeping Children Safe In Education 2018), are easily accessible and are understood by all staff and volunteers. All staff and volunteers are expected to follow safeguarding procedures. Policies are reviewed annually.