WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING AND HOW DO WE CARRY IT OUT?
Safeguarding for pupils is simply:
• Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development.
• Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
• And taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes in life.
Our pupils are taught as a priority how to safeguard themselves in a variety of ways whether that be through carrying a pair of scissors safely and tucking chairs away in class to avoid accidents, or in in the area of Online Safety with children recognising, for example, why privacy settings are important during online use in order to protect themselves effectively.
At Hambridge Primary School we recognise that the safeguarding of all pupils is paramount.
All staff have appropriate training and induction so that they understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and are confident about carrying them out
Our ambition as a school is that staff, pupils, parents and Governors should feel secure that they can raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of children and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously.
This is achieved through the school maintaining an ethos where safeguarding is at the forefront, promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people as well as staff . This is supported by clear behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies, appropriate induction and training, briefing and discussion of relevant issues in staff meetings and relevant learning in line with current legislation and guidelines.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Leanne Hall
(Please refer any concerns to Mrs Leanne Hall in the first instance or to a deputy Designated Senior Person below)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Stacey Parsons
Designated Persons for Domestic Violence and Abuse: Mrs Leanne Hall, Miss Stacey Parsons
Designated Officer for Children In Care: Mrs Leanne Hall
Alternatively, if it is at a weekend or during school holidays, you can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team directly on 0345 155 1071
Our Designated Governor for Safeguarding is Mr Laurie Burn
Radicalisation and Extremism
The Government defines extremism as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Some children are at risk of being radicalised: adopting beliefs and engaging in activities which are harmful, criminal or dangerous. Islamic extremism is the most widely publicised form and schools should also remain alert to the risk of radicalisation into white supremacy extremism.
School staff receive PREVENT training to help to identify signs of extremism. Opportunities are provided in the curriculum to enable pupils to discuss issues of religion, ethnicity and culture and the school follows the DfE advice Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMCS (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) in Schools (2014).
Recruitment is carried out using 'safer recruitment' procedures to ensure that only people who are vetted and cleared to the highest standard are employed to work with children in our school.
Volunteers in School
We are fortunate to have a number of volunteers working with us at Hambridge. We have robust procedures in place to ensure our volunteers comply with safeguarding requirements.
More details available in our Volunteers Guidance available from the school office or speak with our Headteacher Mrs Leanne Hall
We recognise our responsibility in teaching children to use technology and the internet responsibly and safely. Through our computing and online safety teaching we also try to ensure that children are able to recognise and deal with dangers posed by the internet as they use this resource. More detail can be found under the Children/ Online Safety tab at the right hand side of our website.