Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively we make sure our approach is child-centred. This means we consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child. We provide good lines of communication for children with trusted adults, supportive friends in a culture of safeguarding Children and their parents have a right to expect that the educational establishment creates a safe environment so that it can fulfil its ‘duty of care’.
Our school believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children.
Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School has a Safeguarding Children Policy, which includes child protection. We will provide staff and volunteers with guidance to follow when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or at risk of harm. We will work co-operatively with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and have published all of our policies relating to safeguarding below.
We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first – unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We have a statutory responsibility to report concerns of abuse to Children’s Social Care and/or Police without discussing with parents first where there is an indication that a child is at risk of significant harm.
We are an Operation Encompass School Operation Encompass School Poster
For advice parents can speak to school or call the Early Help Hub for Worcestershire directly on 01905 822666
Early Help Offer
At Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School we recognise the challenges that families face in bringing up children. There may be times when you need extra help and support. If this is the case, please come and talk to us. There are many ways in which we can help as outlined in our Early Help offer.
In the event of a Lockdown, Parents should be given enough information about what will happen so that they:
- Are reassured that the School understands their concern for their child’s welfare, and that it is doing everything possible to ensure his/her safety.
- Do not need to contact the School as this could tie up telephone lines that are needed for contacting Emergency Providers.
- Do not come to the School. They could interfere with Emergency Provider’s access to the school and may even put themselves and others in danger.
- Wait for the school to contact them about when it is safe to collect their children and where this will be from.
Whenever you go online you need to be S.M.A.R.T
Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School teaches our children to be S.M.A.R.T. when they go online, at home or at school.
S for Safe – Keep safe by being careful not to give out PERSONAL INFORMATION when chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number, age and passwords.
M for Meeting – Meeting someone when you have been in touch with them online can be dangerous. Remember online friends are still strangers.
A for Accepting – Accepting emails, messages or opening files, pictures or texts from people your don’t know or trust can lead to problems. They may contain viruses or nasty messages.
R for Reliable – Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the Internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows.
T for Tell – Tell your parent, carer, teacher or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried or of you or someone you know is being bullied online.
With children being taught the importance of being S.M.A.R.T. whenever they use computer equipment, this will lead to a safer time online.