Handcross Primary is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns.
We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community. All adults working in this School are required to report instances of actual or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
If you have any Safeguarding or child protection concern, you should contact the staff below at school. You can find the full “Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy” on our Policies page.
The school's policy applies to the whole of the school's workforce, along with volunteers, governors and any contractors working on the school site.
Our safeguarding procedures focus on 5 main elements:
Staff recruitment and selection - ensuring that all staff (volunteers etc.) have been appropriately checked for their suitability, using the Safe Recruitment procedures.
Raising awareness of safeguarding issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
Supporting pupils who have been abused, in accordance with an agreed, child-centred plan.
Establishing a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying, where children can learn and develop happily.
We recognise that because of their day-to-day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. Staff in schools will therefore:
Report any inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff.
Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
Ensure that children know that they can approach any adult in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent, supportive response.
Provide, within the PSHE curriculum, opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise, and stay safe, from abuse.
Please see our Policies page for additional policies
It is vitally important that the children are taught to keep themselves safe in all circumstances. Please click on the links below to see what your children will be taught about Safeguarding.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Designated Safeguarding Lead for nursery and school
- Prevent lead
- Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Deputy Prevent Lead
- Designated Lead for Looked-After Children