Students – click below for support (relationships, health, study skills and much more); ask Mrs Bunce for further guidance.

Students – are able to click the ‘Confide’ logo from any school computer to tell us about an issue or concern you may have about yourself, a friend or someone else.


British Values at Hillcrest: Our Policy.
Click the Hillcrest logo to find out more.

Click the logo below to see information for parents and students on how to use the internet and social media safely:

Click below to see Hillcrest’s guidance for parents on preventing radicalisation and keeping children safe online:


Click the logo below to see information for parents  and students on how to protect themselves against radicalisation.


Parents: click below for Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)


Students: click here for who to contact if you have concerns about staying safe


Parents: click below for Forward Thinking Birmingham information


LGBT Support For Young People


LGBT: Information for Parents


Birmingham SEN Local offer

Birmingham sen local offer

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others

to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.


Parents: Click below for information on on-line safety and your child’s emotional well-beingParentinfo

Online Safety Guidance for Parents

PDF2  Parent’s Guide to Social Media Sites

PDF2  ELSPA Good Online Gaming Guide

PDF2  InstagramParentsGuide

 PDF2  KikMessengerParentsGuide

PDF2  OmegleParentsGuide

PDF2  ooVoo_guide_for_parents_final

PDF2  WhatsappGuide

PDF2  YouTubeParentsGuide

PDF2  E-Safety

PDF2  Home Office advice to Parents Knife Crime


                                                                                      Police and Schools Knife and Weapons letter-February 18

                                                                                       Autumn Term letter- Police and Schools Panel – Oct 17




Safeguarding is protecting children from abuse and neglect. At our school safeguarding of children is taken very seriously. We are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for every child. We believe our students have a right to learn in a supportive and caring environment and a life which includes the right to protection from all type of abuse. Staff are vigilant for signs of any such student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome

Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.

The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016
  • The Prevent Duty 2015 + Prevent Guidance 2016

The school has a suite of Safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly. These are:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Information for Visitors pamphlet (including Safeguarding)
  • External Visitors Policy
  • Health and Safety and Security Policy
  • ICT: Acceptable Use Policy
  • ICT: E-Safety Policy
  • Attendance and Punctuality Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Equality Policy
  • Drugs Policy
  • School Trips Policy
  • Whistle-blowing Policy
  • First Aid Policy
  • Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation Policy
  • Relationships and Sex Education Policy
  • Care and Control Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy

All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding training and attend refresher sessions throughout the year. As a staff body, we are fully aware of the signs that may indicate a child is at risk of neglect or abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) and understand the procedures for referring concerns to relevant external agencies.

Our Safeguarding team is always available to talk to you if you have any concerns regarding the safety or well-being of your child. Please contact any of the team listed below:

Mr Connor-Hemming (Designated Safeguarding Leader)


Mrs Penn (Deputy Safeguarding Leader)Julie Penn

Mrs Bunce (Deputy Safeguarding Leader)Mary Bunce


If your child is ever concerned about their own safety or well-being or about a friend, they should speak directly to one of the Safeguarding Team or contact us through the CONFIDE system.

If we have any safeguarding concerns about a student we will discuss these concerns with parents/carers before approaching other agencies (ie – Children’s Social Care) and will seek their consent before making a referral if we feel this is necessary. However there may be occasions when the school will contact an agency before informing parents/carers because it considers that contacting them may increase the risk of significant harm to the child.

Supporting Documents


PDF2Safeguarding our Students from radicalisation

PDF2Female Genital Mutilation


Student Safeguarding Information


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