Child Protection Statement
Here at Hunts Cross Primary school, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our school is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act, without delay, to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment. The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need.
Although at Hunts Cross Primary school we feel that Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility we have designated staff who manage procedures and policies linked to safeguarding and child protection.
Key People -Safeguarding
At Hunts Cross Primary school, we are committed to creating a safe environment for all pupils.
A duty is placed upon all adults within our school to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our children.
Aims of Safeguarding procedure and practice at Hunts Cross Primary School
· To provide a safe school in which we actively promote the safety of every child.
· To provide a message to all adults within our community, that we are a safe school.
· To challenge the identity and purpose of all visitors to our school, and to keep a record of these.
· To provide an environment in which pupils feel safe, can express their feelings on matters relating to safety and can be assertive if necessary.
· To provide a regularly updated policy on safeguarding shared with all staff and governors and made available to parents.
· To embed messages about personal safety into our curriculum.
· To embed message about online safety into our curriculum.
Key People with a responsibility for safeguarding at Hunts Cross Primary school:
Safeguarding within the Curriculum
Through out our curriculum we teach our children about their own safety and continually share safe messages and information at every opportunity. This includes regular updates about online safety, maintaining personal safety, anti-bullying messages and equality work. We use guidance and information provided by the NSPCC to support our teaching of safe messages.
Our teaching of PSHE enables children to be taught about personal safety, hygiene, feelings, emotions and to maintain healthy lifestyles. We also try and link this into P4C (Philosophy for children), which offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
Hunts Cross Primary school takes online safety of its children seriously and builds into everyday lessons the need to stay safe online, at all times. At Hunts Cross Primary school, we use ICT and the internet to learn specific computing skills, to enhance our learning cross the curriculum and develop skills for life. Children are taught how to stay safe when working online and online Safety is a priority in all our work.
Our staff and children are trained in all aspects of online safety and training is updated regularly.
Online information and safety guidance is regularly shared with parents through workshops, newsletters and school assemblies.
SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) themes and messages are taught across all subjects ensuring our children develop a wider understanding of equality, develop empathy and a reflective approach to their daily lives.
Health and development
Safeguarding is also defined as supporting the health and development of our children.
At Hunts Cross we promote the health and well-being of all our children to maximise their readiness to learn.
Through our board curriculum we promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of out children in order to prepare them for experiences, opportunities and responsibilities in later life.
To support the health needs of children with more serious medical conditions, school staff receive training and regular updates on:
Sex and Relationships Education
Our framework for teaching SRE is set within the context of developing loving relationships, family and emotional well-being. It is taught through a whole range of means including circle time, video discussions, class activities and support from outside agencies where possible.
The aims of SRE are :
•the skills needed for successful relationships
•a positive attitude towards difference and diversity
•an understanding of their own and others’ rights
•the ability and confidence to make informed choices
•the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitude to optimise their health
•the ability and knowledge to keep themselves and other people safe by minimising risk from harm
•an understanding of their own and others’ values and beliefs, and an individual moral framework that will help them to make well-considered decisions
•a discerning eye for the messages they receive from the media
•a positive attitude towards their body and sexuality
•the ability to access help and support
Links to school ethos, assemblies, PSHE, P4C and adult –child conversations.
Education Visits at Hunts Cross Primary school
Children at Hunts Cross Primary take part in a range of education trips and visits throughout the school year. Children in Year 6 attend residential trips to PGL centres.
Mrs Taylor is Hunts Cross Primary schools Educational Visits Co-Ordinator and attends annual training to support this role.
Hunts Cross Primary school has adopted the Local Authority educational visits Policy for risk assessing trips and visits and submits all risk assessments to the LA via Evolve systems.
Visitors and Volunteers Safeguarding Leaflets
You can also view our safeguarding leaflet (below) that we hand out to visitors and volunteers on arrival to our school. This gives a summary of our Safeguarding policy.
Hunts Cross Primary school Code of Conduct
The code of conduct for School employees is our Staff Handbook. This details how staff fulfil their responsibilities of their roles at Hunts Cross Primary school. You can view the school conduct below.