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Keeping Children Safe

What Is Safeguarding?

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 say 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 April 2018
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019
  • The Prevent Duty 2015 + Prevent Guidance 2016
  • Safer Working Practices Guidance May 2019

Safeguarding Documents

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
  • Mental Health Policy

Hillcrest Safeguarding Team

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:


Ms J-A Davies

 


Mr S Connor-Hemming


Mrs J Penn

 


Mrs M Bunce


Mrs Y Preston

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 Safeguarding Documents

Emotional Well-Being

BBC Advice

Forward Thinking Birmingham Information

LGBT Information For Parents

CONFIDE

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.

Female Genital Mutilation

Exams stress strategies for parents


Online Safety

NSPCC - Your Child's online world

NSPCC - Parent Guide to being Share Aware

Childnet

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

Click here - for Childnet information

Parents Guide To Social Media Sites

OoVoo Parents Guide 

ELSPA Good Online Gaming Parents Guide


Crime and Exploitation 

PACE - Parents Against Child Exploitation

Police and Schools Knife and Weapons Letter

Home Office advice to Parents on Knife Crime


Radicalisation

Preventing Extremism - Guidance For Parents

Click here - for guidance for parents on preventing radicalisation and keeping children safe online