Children and their parents have a right to expect that the educational establishment creates a safe environment so that it can fulfil its ‘duty of care’.
Our school believes that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children.
Hartlebury Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School has a Safeguarding Children Policy, which includes child protection. We will provide staff and volunteers with guidance to follow when they suspect a child may be experiencing abuse or at risk of harm. We will work co-operatively with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and have published all of our policies relating to safeguarding below.
We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first – unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We have a statutory responsibility to report concerns of abuse to Children’s Social Care and/or Police without discussing with parents first where there is an indication that a child is at risk of significant harm.
For advice parents can speak to school or call the Early Help Hub for Worcestershire directly on 01905 822666
In the event of an actual Lockdown Parents should be given enough information about what will happen so that they:
- Are reassured that the School understands their concern for their child’s welfare, and that it is doing everything possible to ensure his/her safety.
- Do not need to contact the School as this could tie up telephone lines that are needed for contacting Emergency Providers.
- Do not come to the School. They could interfere with Emergency Provider’s access to the school and may even put themselves and others in danger.
- Wait for the school to contact them about when it is safe to collect their children and where this will be from.