At Hampton Vale Primary Academy safeguarding is of paramount importance and underpins all that we do. Ensuring our children feel safe and are safe is deeply rooted into our ethos and practice as a school. We expect all our staff, visitors, parents and wider community to share this commitment.
Below are a few key examples of how we keep our school community safe:
We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment where children and adults feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the wellbeing of others. We ensure all our children have at least one member of staff in school who they can talk to if they are worried. All our staff are highly trained to be able to identify children who may be at risk of harm and to carry out the necessary actions, including reporting, to keep them safe.
Reporting Concerns/Making Referrals
All staff are required to report information concerning a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. In the first instance these concerns must be reported to the appropriate designated safeguarding lead.
Where possible, concerns raised will be discussed with parents or carers and identified action will be shared. Where the school believes that a referral needs to be made to Children’s Social Care this will be discussed with parents and carers, except in circumstances where such discussions may place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
A key aspect of safeguarding is the vetting of applicants and prospective volunteers working with children to make sure they are suitable. A thorough process is carried out to ensure that the adults working with our children are safe and appropriate.
Children regularly attending school is a key factor of our safeguarding approach. We expect our children to be in school every day and when a child is unable to attend we need parents to provide timely communication regarding the reason. We recognise that an important risk factor in abuse and neglect is poor school attendance and tackling this is a key aspect of managing children’s safety.
Whilst how to keep safe is woven throughout our whole curriculum, our children are specifically taught key knowledge and skills within their PSHE and Safeguarding lessons. The PSHE and Safeguarding curriculum has been designed to instil into our children how to manage risks, how to stay safe and what to do if they believe they are in danger.
If parents or carers have any concerns about any child that attends our school, please do come and share this with one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads:-
Mrs Krstonosic - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Daniels - Deputy Headteacher
Miss Wright - Inclusion Lead
Mrs Bull - Nursery Manager
Mrs Rumbles - Assistant Headteacher
Mr Collins - Goslings Manager