Hartwell Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its pupils. School staff, governors and volunteers are expected to demonstrate this commitment in all elements of their work. At Hartwell Primary School we achieve this through:
- Establishing and maintaining an environment where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to
- Ensuring that staff are able to identify welfare concerns and take appropriate action to address their concerns.
- Ensuring children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
- Including opportunities in PHSE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
- Recognising that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance and that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse e.g. those with special educational needs, those living in adverse circumstances e.g. those who witness violence.
Rigorous internal systems are in place to ensure safeguarding at a high level. Staff, volunteers and parents should also be aware that anyone can make a referral to the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at any time (0300 126 7000). Further information and contact details can be found on the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) website
Designated safeguarding lead: Sally McCulloch (Deputy Head)
Safeguarding Governor: Margaret Ball
What our children say about how staff at school keep them safe:
- 'Adults always greet us when we come into school and the gates are locked when everyone is in.'
- 'Only invited people can come to our school.'
- 'There are rules in place about everyone's safety.'
- 'We have fire drills to practise everyone getting out safely.'
- 'We get counted lots on trips and adults have a way of crossing the road safely with us.'
- ' The adults in school are trained on how to keep us safe.'
Northants Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) is a statutory board which has been set up as part of the Every Child Matters government reforms. NSCP ensures that all organisations that work with children work together to keep children and young people safe from harm. NSCP undertakes this role through providing training, the development of policies and procedures and awareness raising.
Northamptonshire Children's Trust works as a key partner in Northamptonshire to ensure children's services are delivered ensuring the best outcomes for children and young people. They provide a wide range of services to children and their families, including Early Help and Social Care.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provides lots of useful information to help keep your child safe online, about spotting the signs and dealing with exploitation. There are different areas of the website for parents and for children.
Supporting your Child's Mental Health and Wellbeing
The following information and additional support is available for children, young people, parents and carers:
1. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's YouTube Channel: provides a range of short videos on supporting positive mental health and wellbeing
2. Tips to support whole family wellbeing - The Ten Keys to Happier Living
3. Young Minds - Parent Helpline offering advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25
4. CAMHS Connect - a telephone line and online chat toll providing advice and guidance for parents regarding emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties. Open 9am to 9pm: 0800 170 7055, option 1
5. Anti-bullying Week 2021 materials. - a parents and carers guide to bullying from the Anti-Bullying Alliance