Safeguarding at St Hilary School

St Hilary School Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement 2017-2018

Everyone at St. Hilary School shares an objective to help keep our children safe. We do this by providing a safe environment for children to learn and play, identifying children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at school and at home.

Our designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is: Mrs Kelley Butcher.

Our deputy designated safeguarding leads are: Mr Robin Hamshar and Miss Michelle Brant.

Our child protection governor is: Mrs Kinga Tunnicliffe.

If you have any child protection or safeguarding concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of the above- regardless of how small or large the issue may feel.

All staff, including temporary staff and volunteers are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children.

Our Aims

Whilst the prime focus of St Hilary School is to secure the best educational provision for the child, the school believes that the safety, welfare and care of children is paramount. We are therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted into our care at all times. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available in the Policies Section.

We ensure that arrangements are in place for:

• all reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare
• all appropriate actions to be taken to address concerns about the welfare of a child, or children, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies
• all persons working at this school to be made aware of this policy

We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Staff of the school will often, by virtue of their day to day contact and knowledge of the children, be well placed to identify such abuse and offer support to children in need.

In order to protect our children, we aim to:

• Create an atmosphere where all our children can feel secure, valued and listened to
• Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
• Respond quickly and effectively to cases of suspected abuse
• Monitor and support children at risk
• Use the curriculum to raise children’s awareness, build confidence and skills
• Work closely with parent/carers and support external agencies
• Ensure that all adults within our school/service who have access to children have been checked as to their suitability

St Hilary School will support all children by:
 
• Encouraging self-esteem and appropriate self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying
• Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the school.
• Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children
• Notifying Social Care Services via the approved mechanisms as soon as there is a significant concern.
• Providing continuing support to a child about whom there have been concerns who leaves the school by ensuring that appropriate information is forwarded under confidential cover to the child’s new school.
 

For more detailed information please see our Child Protection Policy which also links with other policies and procedures that address both child protection and the wider remit of safeguarding in our school e.g. safer recruitment, bullying etc. Copies of these policies and procedures can be obtained from the office upon request and by clicking on 'Related policies' link below.

 

The latest government guidance on safeguarding can be found here and in the documents below.
 
 
Child protection
Safer recruitment
Whistleblowing
Acceptable use policies
Complaints
Anti-bullying
Behaviour and discipline
Intimate care
Equality and diversity
Educating children with medical needs
Sex and relationships education
Drug and substance abuse
Visitors in school