Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
At The Hendreds your child’s safety and wellbeing is our priority. We are committed to the highest levels of safeguarding practice and expect all staff, and visitors, to share in this commitment.
We have several members of staff who have received enhanced training in order to be ‘Designated Safeguarding Leads’ in school.
- Mrs Rees (Headteacher) is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Mrs Jones (Assistant Headteacher) is a Deputy Safeguarding Lead along with Mrs Goodwin (SENDCO). This means that there is always someone available should a safeguarding issue arise.
If you are concerned about a child at the school please report it immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
We also have two safeguarding governors who regularly review our safeguarding policies and processes as well as meet with school leaders: Mr J Barton and Mrs G Jones
Every member of staff at The Hendreds receives training on safeguarding throughout the school year. Staff also keep up-to-date with current legislation and practice e.g. by knowing the content of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and its implications on school life, and through regular updates in staff meetings.
The best interests of the children will always be our priority. Children are able to talk to any one of our staff if they have concerns or worries (or for any other reason). If your child says something that is concerning this may be noted down in our records and the safeguarding leads will be notified. Staff will also be vigilant for signs of any abuse, for example: bruises or unexplained injuries, extreme hunger or tiredness, change of personality, change in appearance etc.
There are times when we will need to record, monitor and share information with other agencies. We will share concerns about our pupils with the child’s parents/carers unless we have reason to believe that such a move would not be in the child’s best interest.
Staff have access to a wide range of support that they can identify with you as appropriate. This ranges from local groups and charities to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), who take referrals where families may benefit from wider help.
We follow careful ‘Safer Recruitment’ procedures where every staff member is rigorously checked to ensure that they are suitable to work in our school.
Parents and carers play a role in safeguarding children in their community. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, you should report them.
If a child is in immediate danger call the police on 999.
If you have a child protection or immediate safeguarding concern, members of the public can also contact the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) directly on 0345 050 7666. This number will take you through to Customer Services who will ask a series of questions and triage into MASH where safeguarding concerns are raised. Office hours (8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 4pm, Friday): Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub. Outside office hours: Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833 408
For more information about safeguarding at The Hendreds please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, on our Policies page.
Children are taught regularly and carefully how to stay safe online, and it is important that this continues at home. You can report online abuse by clicking the CEOP button below:
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works to protect children from harm online and offline, directly through CEOP led operations in partnership with local and international agencies. Their website offers further support in how and when to make use of this report function.