At Hawksworth CE Primary School we take notice of and adhere to all the national and local policies and guidance in regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People.The Governors and staff fully recognise the responsibilities and duty placed upon them to have arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at the school. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm. We believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive, and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn and which promotes the social, physical and emotional well-being of each individual pupil.
If you have concerns about the safety or well-being of any member of our school community then please contact our schools Designated Safeguarding Officers:
The school's Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Headteacher, Mr D. Norris.
The nominated Deputies: School Business Manager, Mrs J. Hyde and Learning Mentor, Mrs S. Gallagher.
The school's link Safeguarding Governor is Mrs J. Archdale.
Our current school Child Protection Policy was reviewed in September 2019 and endorsed by the Governing Body. Our Child Protection Policy is followed in conjunction with statutory guidance in all our safeguarding arrangements. Our current safeguarding policy can be found clicking on this link:
School Professional Training
All staff have annual Safeguarding and Child Protection Training. Each term there are regular updates and reminders at staff meetings and this is in order to ensure that staff are kept abreast of new initiatives and legislation.
School Guidance and Procedures
All Staff, Governors and Volunteers have read and noted the statutory guidance – Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016. The school raises Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns with parents / carers at the earliest appropriate opportunity and ensures that all staff are given appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues, as recommended in the guidance.
Safer Recruitment Training
At Hawksworth CofE Primary School we ensure that safer recruitment remains a priority under our safeguarding arrangements. Key leadership staff and governors have been trained in safer recruitment and all adults who work with children must have Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Designated members of staff will be released to receive regular enhanced training to enable them to carry out their roles effectively.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from teaching approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
- responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
- provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
- works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation
Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is part of the schools' wider safeguarding duties. At Hawksworth CE Primary School we explore these issues through assemblies and PSHE work on tolerance, respect, diversity and equality.
The government has launched a website which provides practical advice for parents, teachers and school leaders that will help to protect children. The website was created in response to calls from parents and teachers for more information and advice about spotting signs of radicalisation and where they can turn to for further support.
Please click the links below to access the information:
In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online:
Based on Galvin Scott Davis' novel Dandelion, Daisy Chain is a charming animated story which tackles the issues brought up by cyber-bullying: