Highfields Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the physical, mental and emotional welfare of every child, both inside and outside the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of children is at the forefront of all action taken. We have a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance.
It will be achieved by:
- Ensuring that members of the Governing Body, the headteacher and staff understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance, are alert to the signs of child abuse, and know how to refer concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Teaching children how to keep safe and recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.
- Identifying and making provision for any child that has been subject to, or is at risk of, abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Creating a culture of safer recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.
- Ensuring that the headteacher and any new staff and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.
The schools safeguarding team are made up of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs Sarah Garratt and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL’s), Mrs Maria Lewis, Mrs Sian Evans or Mrs Elaine Adams.
Our safeguarding Governor is Mrs Janettte Hunter
We have an expectation that all staff and visitors to our school will behave in a way which ensures our children are safeguarded at all times. This expectation involves a duty for any safeguarding concerns to be reported.