Safeguarding & Child Protection
Safeguarding is about more than child protection. Child protection is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect. Safeguarding includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns.
Safeguarding is also about being able to respond quickly and appropriately to concerns or allegations brought to the organisation, which means having the right policies and procedures in place to deal with difficult situations if they arise.
If you have any concerns about the safety of a child you can contact the school by phone or by email and ask to speak to or be contacted by the Designated Safeguarding Leads. The names of the DSLs and contact information is listed below.
Alternatively, the NSPCC website (link below) contains advice, information and details about how to report a concern about a child or Hampshire Children's Services (link below).
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:
Mrs Natasha Jones, Headteacher
Mrs Kerry Howard, Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Suzanne Rix, Admin Officer/Attendance
Our nominated Safeguarding Governor is Dr Chris Roast, Chair of Governors
Phone: 02392 583 657
Haselworth Primary School's child protection & safeguarding policy provides clear direction to all school stakeholders about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. It makes clear, the school’s commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.
There are three main aims to our Child Protection Policy:
Prevention: by creating a positive school atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to pupils;
Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns;
Support: by providing support for pupils and school staff and for children who may have been or are being abused.
According to the DfE, Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at Haselworth Primary School.