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Highlees Primary School

Highlees
Primary School

Bringing out the Best

Safeguarding

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

 

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Safeguarding children means keeping them safe from neglect and abuse. Anyone that comes into contact with children and families has a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare. This means;

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;

  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

  • Ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

Staff and Governors at Highlees Primary School have had safeguarding training to give them the required knowledge to identify signs of abuse and neglect, around the school we display who the ‘Designated people for safeguarding’ are, this ensures that staff and children know who to go to if they are concerned about the welfare of a child or peer.

New employees, supply agency staff and permanent staff are all given the ‘’keeping children safe in education - September 2019” to read and sign to acknowledge that they understand their responsibilities when visiting or working in the school. 

Any visitor to the school is required to provide ID and are given the Safeguarding Guidance leaflet.

 

What we do when we are concerned about a child

We work closely with the ‘Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board’ ensuring that as a school we access current, relevant training for designated staff, we also adopt their policies for keeping children safe.  

Occasionally, we need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care when a child is at risk of harm, In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service

When a child is at risk of significant harm, the law states that a referral to Children’s Social Care or the Police may be made without the permission from parents / carers

Highlees’ Designated staff for child protection are:

  • Katie Hannam (DSL)

  • Natalie Mitchell

  • Tracey Dullea

  • Emma Ward

 

Further information for parents

Education against hate   - this website gives teachers, parents and school leaders practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Safeguarding Advisory Board - This is the local advisory board for child protection, you will find information about keeping your children safe and what to do if you are worried about a child.

Speak out. Stay Safe - NSPCC Provides information on how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world. The NSPCC also delivers the PANTS workshops in schools. 

If you are worried about a child please contact: 

  • Immediate risk of harm: The Police on 999

  • To report concerns where a child is experiencing neglect, sexual or emotional abuse: Peterborough Children’s Social Care: 01733 864180

 

Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2018, an estimated 2.0 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.3 million women and 695,000 men)

Domestic abuse is legally defined as:

“any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality."  

A victim of domestic abuse may be experiencing: 

  • Psychological, controlling and coercive behaviours

  • Physical abuse 

  • Sexual violence

  • Financial control

If you are experiencing or know someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, please come and speak to a member of the designated persons for safeguarding or seek help / advice with the agencies below. All communication is confidential.

  • Specialist Abuse Service Peterborough (SASP) Call - 01733 552200 or 01733 894455 / Email - saspreferrals@wa-peterborough.co.uk