Safeguarding all the children and adults at Hatton Park Primary School is our highest priority. This covers a variety of areas of school life, including:
- Child Protection and Prevent
- Safer Recruitment and Induction of staff and volunteers
- Complaints and allegations
- Policies and website compliance
- Health and safety
- Personal development, health and welfare
- Inclusion and SEND
At Hatton Park, we have three Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs):
- Mr John Canavan - Headteacher - Lead DSL
- Mr Duane Brooks - Assistant Headteacher - Deputy DSL
- Mrs Helen Bett - SENDCo - Deputy DSL
Our Safeguarding Academy Council member is Debbie Lienau.
If you have any questions or concerns linked to safeguarding please do get in contact. The Safeguarding Policy can be found on the 'Policies' tab.
Under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (as amended), *the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015, and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (as amended) schools must have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Safeguarding at Hatton Park covers many areas and altogether, these create a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can grow to be their best. Safeguarding ranges from adhering to guidelines and policies, through Health and Safety and Child Protection, to supporting everyone's mental health. The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Partnership Board’s procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Parents/carers should know that records of safeguarding concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies.
Local procedures state that “Consent should always be sought from an adult with parental responsibility for the child/young person before passing information about them to Children’s Social Care, unless seeking consent would place the child at risk of significant harm or may lead to the loss of evidence for example destroying evidence of a crime or influencing a child about a disclosure made.” This includes allowing them to share information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent, if it cannot be reasonably expected that a professional gains consent, or if to gain consent would place a child at risk.
Where there is a need to share special category personal data, the Data Protection Act 2018 contains ‘safeguarding of children and individuals at risk’ as a processing condition that allows professionals to share information.
In accordance with legislation and 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. In all circumstances, the safety of the child will be the paramount concern.
Schools will contact Children’s Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the Police investigate any concerns further
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Hatton Park Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy. Our Prevent Action Plan is available below.
Both adults and children can find things overwhelming at times. At Hatton Park, we work hard to create an environment that supports everyone to be mentally healthy in addition to being physically healthy. It is considered a strength to be able to talk about what worries you and children, staff and parents are encouraged to always share their thoughts with those that they trust.
As the digital world continues to change, we all need to be aware of both the benefits and risks involved with being on-line. We specifically teach the knowledge that children need but it takes constant reminders to keep it fresh in both children's and adults' minds. Below are some helpful links for parents and carers. There are more child-friendly ones under the Our Children tab.