Online Safety Guidance for Parents
HILLCREST SCHOOL SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT 2016-2017
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)
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.