Keeping Children Safe
Hoyle Court Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our Policies page.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. 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.
Our Designated Lead for Safeguarding Children (DSL) is Mr Phillips. He is supported by two Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads; Mrs Poole who is our Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Sheard who is our Pupil & Parent Support Manager. In addition, we have a Nominated Safeguarding Governor, who ensures school policies and practice are robustly implemented, this is Mrs Walton.
The main work of a Safeguarding Lead is to:
- Make sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concern
- Ensure all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
- Refer any concerns to social care
- Monitor children who are the subject of child protection plans
- Maintain accurate and secure child protection records
What does the law say schools must do?
The Department for Education's key document is called 'Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019' (click here)
The responsibilities of our Designated Safeguarding Leads are outlined in this document on pages 94-96.
Information on what work we do in school to keep children safe
Worried that a child may be at risk of abuse?
Worried that a child may be at risk of abuse online?
Information for Parents
Parent Zone Info has lots of support for keeping children safe online and other resources related to health and well-being
More information for parents
- Parentsafe – London Grid for Learning
- CEOP Thinkuknow – Challenging Harmful Sexual Attitudes and their Impact
- CEOP Thinkuknow – Supporting Positive Sexual Behaviour
Photograph & Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasized before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please ensure the school office are informed of your wishes.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then again, please ensure the school office are clear on your wishes.